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Masters in Physics & Astronomy (Joint Degree)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
September 2019
Application deadline: 01 July 2019
2,083 EUR

Program description

Study a Masters in Physics and Astronomy in Amsterdam

The Master’s program gives you wider knowledge and a deeper understanding of physics as a whole, and the opportunity to specialize in a specific area. The specializations offered range from Fundamentals of particle physics, Advanced Matter and Energy Physics to Physics of Life and Health. You will take core courses in your chosen specialization, plus a number of optional subjects. These options can be general physics subjects or courses drawn from another specialization. In your second year, you will join one of the research groups for your Master’s project and write a Master’s thesis. In addition to your specialization, you can choose between various professional profiles which emphasize research, communication, education or executive and management skills. Physics and Astronomy is a joint degree program of the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam. Courses are  given at the two Faculties of Science. Graduates receive a diploma accredited by both universities.

Groundbreaking research at the heart of modern society
Physics is an indispensable part of modern society. Modern life would be entirely different without computer chips, lasers, MRI screening and all the other benefits of physics research. The Master’s program in Physics provides you with plenty of opportunities to study and engage in groundbreaking fundamental research and its applications. Whether you are interested in physical processes within cells, creating artificial photosynthesis, astroparticle physics or testing fundamental symmetries at the atomic scale, the Master’s program in Physics gives you the opportunities to deepen your knowledge and engage in groundbreaking fundamental research.

You will have the opportunity to concentrate on a specialization of your choice:

  • Advanced Matter and Energy Physics;
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Gravitation, Astro- and Particle Physics
  • Physics of Life and Health;
  • Science for Energy and Sustainability;
  • Science, Business and Innovation
  • Theoretical Physics.

Admission requirements

Application requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree

Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,060.


MSc in Physics and Astronomy

Career opportunities

Career prospects

A Master’s degree in Physics and Astronomy provides a solid steppingstone to a variety of career paths. You can pursue a career at a research institute, a major multinational, a telecommunications company or a bank. Other opportunities can be found in the public sector, software houses and consultancies.

You can also choose to continue your research at PhD level.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880 . The university offers over 120 English taught programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Students and staff of 84 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The...

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De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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