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Physics and Astronomy: General Physics and Astronomy (track)


The two-year track General Physics and Astronomy in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is among the best programmes in the world. It offers you challenging courses and prepares you for an exciting career.

Discover the Master's programme & tracks 

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

The study programme 

The two-year Master's track General Physics and Astronomy is more flexible, and is especially suited for students opting for a major. Restricted-choice elective components can be chosen from the compulsory and the restricted-choice elective courses of the other Physics and Astronomy  tracks. In addition, for students that are interested in Computational Physics and Complex Systems it is recommended to choose courses from the Computational Physics of Complex Systems route.

Is Computational Physics of Complex Systems for you?

If you are curious about emergent phenomena in complex many-body and nonlinear systems, and enjoy programming, General Physics and Astronomy - Computational Physics of Complex Systems might be the route for you.Furthermore, you:

  • have some experience coding and are not intimidated by the challenge of debugging;
  • are interested in statistical physics and intrigued by complex systems;
  • want to solve fundamental, curiosity-driven scientific questions, which bear clear relevance to societal problems and technological/industrial challenges;
  • aim at acquiring skills relevant to today’s job market — from algorithm development to data analysis and machine learning;

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

General Physics and Astronomy 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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Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MSc Physics and Astronomy
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction
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CROHO code
Science Park