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Here's why you want to study Physics and Astronomy at the UvA and VU

Connecting Amsterdam’s research institutes

You’ll study and perform research at the UvA, VU and several associated institutes such as NIKHEF, AMOLF, ARCNL, QuSoft and AUMC.

Internationally renowned

Past and present professors have won the prestigious Spinoza Prize and you will be working with leading international researchers in advanced laboratories.

Analytical thinking and problem solving skills

Regardless of the track of your choice, analytical thinking and problem solving are key skills that are best trained through interdisciplinary research.


Each track expands your knowledge and offers the possibility to specialise in more theoretical or more experimental directions.

Physics and Astronomy will suit you, if you want to...

  1. Analyse and solve the physical world’s most pressing scientific challenges and explain physical phenomena with the latest theories and experiments.
  2. Engage in ground-breaking fundamental and applied research.
  3. Find a specialism across the entire domain of Physics & Astronomy.
  4. Participate in research and loved to be trained in analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  5. Be part of our community, feel the sense of belonging in our institutes, classrooms and research groups, and are stimulated to learn.

Discover your programme

In this Master’s programme, you’ll learn to test, explain and develop theories of physical phenomena. You’ll analyse problems and solve them using a scientific approach. Your studies on a broad understanding of physics and astronomy with in-depth knowledge of specific areas as well as the ability to reason and work at an academic level.

Within the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, every student can find an area suited to their individual talents and ambitions. There are seven 'tracks', that specialize in different areas of physical phenomena.  

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Physics and Astronomy is 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 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
120 ECTS, 24 months
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UvA Science Park and VU Campus