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Physics and Astronomy: Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics (track)


The two-year track Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics (GRAPPA) in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with VU Amsterdam, stands at at the intersection of theoretical physics, experimental (astro)particle physics and astrophysics. Students benefit from a highly collaborative international research environment. Current research topics include gravitational waves, collider-based particle physics experiments and dark matter detection, and staff is involved in several large international research projects.

What is this programme about?

Students and lecturers from the programme Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics will 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. Gravitation, Astro- and Particle Physics is one of them. The other tracks are:

The study programme

The GRAPPA track offers a broad curriculum. Members of the research group are theorists and experimentalists, and you will be able to specialise in either theoretical, experimental (astro)particle physics or astrophysics. The curriculum is designed to challenge you and to give you the tools to work on your research topic in your second year.

International faculty with experts in particle physics, astroparticle physics, gravity and cosmology both from a theoretical and experimental perspective. 

General courses that give an excellent bases and more specialized courses for in-depth knowledge.

Year long research project under the supervision of world-renown faculty.

Possibility to work at international research institutions such as Nikhef, CERN and Gran Sasso.

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 physics institutes around the world. But they can also pursue a career in a different work field.

Is Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics for you?

The GRAPPA track is for ambitious students interested in gravitation, astroparticle and particle physics. You are intrigued by both the subatomic scale (e.g. the Standard Model, particle interactions) and the largest scales (e.g. astrophysical objects, the Universe), and are particularly interested in combining the two to address some of the biggest puzzles in science. Furthermore, you:

  • are interested in fundamental research;
  • have thorough knowledge of quantum mechanics, calculus and electrodynamics;
  • have a theoretical or experimental background.

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

GRAPPA 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
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 65016
Location Science Park