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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.

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Explore the secrets of life processes

Master's Week 4-8 Nov
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Here's why you want to study Biophysics and Biophotonics at the UvA
Discover how life functions fundamentally

You’ll delve into DNA unfolding, protein function, cell mechanics, tissue engineering, and organ function.

Tailor your own programme

You can choose to deepen your knowledge in specific fields, like the application of physics in the area of biomedical imaging and therapy.

Work with people in the field

You can collaborate with medical doctors of Amsterdam’s two medical centres.

Obtain practical experience

You have the opportunity to choose an internship out of all areas of Biophysics and Biophotonics.

Biophysics and Biophotonics will suit you, if you...

  1. Enjoy working in a multidisciplinary environment where you are challenged to bridge fundamental physics and life sciences.
  2. Want to combine your previous knowledge in mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, quantum mechanics, and mathematics.
  3. Want to work side by side with leading research professionals.

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.

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