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The schedule of this track is more flexible, and is especially suited for students opting for a major.

You can choose your courses from the compulsory and restricted-choise elective courses of the tracks from the compulsory and the restricted-choice elective courses of the tracks

In addition, for students that are interested in Computational Physics it is recommended to choose courses from the Computational Physics of Complex Systems route.

Computational Physics of Complex Systems

The two-year specialisation route in Computational Physics of Complex Systems, within the General Physics and Astronomy track, offers exciting and cutting-edge education which focuses on the physics of complex systems, with topics ranging from the collective dynamics of animal flocking to the mechanics of meta-materials.

This programme places substantial emphasis on computational research methods, and offers a unique balance between fundamental, computational and applied sciences. It provides students with a skill-set relevant both for careers in academia as well as in various high-tech/data-based industries.

  • Master’s project

    Your Master’s project:

    • trains you to carry out hands-on computational physics research on a contemporary subject in statistical physics of complex systems, such as in polymer or molecular physics, physics of glassy systems, biophysics, physics of collective behavior, computational condensed matter, or statistical physics of high-dimensional data.
    • takes place within one of the participating research groups, or in industry under the supervision of a faculty staff member.

    Your Master's project culminates in a written Master's thesis and an oral presentation of your research in the computational soft matter group seminar.

Detailed course information

For detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses, please see the UvA Course Catalogue via the link below. 

Pre-Master's programme

If you lack the required knowledge and skills to be admitted to the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, you can close the gap in our pre-Master's programme.

Majors and minors

At the UvA  you can choose to do your Master's programme with a society-/ business-oriented major or minor that focuses on other skills than doing research. In this case you will follow the programme of your chosen scientific discipline during the first year of your Master's (although slightly adjusted), and a society-/ business-oriented major or minor during the second year. You will graduate as a Master of Science. If you have the ambition to do a professional specialisation make sure to inform about conditions early in your Master's programme.