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Physics and Astronomy: Theoretical Physics (track)


Theoretical physics seeks to answer deeply fundamental questions. What is matter made of, and what is the nature of space and time? This two-year track in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy offers education and training from researchers of one of Europe's leading institutes in this challenging and exciting field. This is a joint degree with VU Amsterdam.

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Here's why you want to study Theoretical Physics at the UvA
Shape your own curriculum

There are many electives in the programme, as well as specialised theory courses.

Large MSc research project

You’ll conduct a research project of one year, embedded in a local research group’s ongoing project.

Internationally renowned experts

Your lectures are renowned experts, who conduct innovative research in theoretical physics.

Theoretical Physics will suit you, if you...

  1. Want to understand at a fundamental level why matter is what it is, and how this affects the world around us.
  2. Enjoy exploring and developing mathematical models.
  3. Have a high ability for abstraction.
  4. Are willing to dig deep to find solutions to physics problems.

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Theoretical Physics 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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