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Physics and Astronomy: Biophysics and Biophotonics (track)


In the two-year track Biophysics and Biophotonics in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with VU Amsterdam, you will use the language of physics to explore the secrets of life processes. This Master's track was formerly known as Physics of Life and Health.

What is this programme about?

Students and lecturers from Biophysics and Biophotonics tell you in this video what to expect from this programme and discuss career opportunities once you have graduated.

Discover the Master's programme & tracks

The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy offers specialisations in  offers specialisations in seven tracks. Biophysics and Biophotonics is one of them. The other tracks are:

The study programme

Supported by the cutting-edge technologies available in our laboratories and by a series of theoretical classes delivered by our enthusiastic staff members, you can dive into the fascinating world of DNA unfolding, protein function, cell mechanics, tissue engineering, and organ function.

You will learn about photonics and its use in the development of new imaging techniques; or you can choose to deepen your knowledge in the application of physics in the area of biomedical imaging and therapy, in close collaboration with the medical doctors of the two academic medical centers of Amsterdam.

After graduation

Graduates of the Master's programme in Physics and Astronomy have had an excellent research training that allows them to pursue their PhD at astronomy and physics institutes around the world. After this programme, you can continue an exciting career in an academic research institute, work in hospitals, schools, or the private sector.

Is Biophysics and Biophotonics for you?

If you enjoy working in a multidisciplinary environment where you are challenged to bridge fundamental physics and life sciences, Biophysics and Biophotonics is the track for you. Building on your previous knowledge in mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, quantum mechanics, and mathematics, in the first year you will attend a series of classes that will strengthen your physics background while expanding your knowledge in life related topics.

In the second year, you will choose the subject of your research internship, where you will have the opportunity to work side by side with leading research professionals. Thanks to the extended number of collaborating institutes, we can offer internships in all the areas of Biophysics and Biophotonics, from single molecule to patients, from very fundamental to bed-side.

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Biophysics and Biophotonics is a track in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate in Physics and Astronomy to graduates. As a Physics and Astronomy student in Amsterdam you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.

In September 2018 this Master's track has been renamed to Biophysics and Biophotonics.

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Degree programme
MSc Physics and Astronomy
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
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