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MSc Physics and Astronomy - Physics of Life and Health

Catalog id : 65016
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

14630 EUR
2000 EUR
2000 EUR

Application fee

International 0 EUR
National 0 EUR
Faculty of Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GMAT (avg)600

World University Ranking

About this course

The two-year track Physics of Life and Health in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, focuses on the physics aspects of biological systems at the molecular, cellular, and larger (e.g. organ) level. 

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Eligibility Criteria

The Master's programme Physics and Astronomy is open to:

  • Applicants with an academic Bachelor's degree in (Applied) Physics, Astronomy, or a comparable discipline
  • Applicants with a UvA Bachelor's degree in Beta-gamma with a Physics major

Additional requirements for international students: International applicants must fulfill additional general entry requirements set by the UvA Faculty of Science, regarding academic background, academic average and proficiency in English.

In the case that the Bachelor's is not in Physics/ Astronomy/ Astrophysics, the appropriateness of the level of Phyiscs knowledge of the candidate is subject to the judgement of the GRAPPA Programme Manager.

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Course Modules

The following courses are compulsory:

  • Literature Review Biomedical Physics/ Biophysics (6 EC)
  • English Academic Course (3 EC in total)
  • Academic Skills (6 EC in total)

Specialisation is achieved by a choice of two of the following advanced courses:

  • Physics of Organs 1: Cardio-Pulmonary Physics (6 EC)
  • Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter (6 EC)
  • Biomedical Optics(6 EC)
  • Soft Condensed Matter and Biological Physics (6 EC)

and three of the following comprehensive list of specialisation courses:

  • Biophotonics 3 - Practical Training (3 EC)
  • Image Processing (6 EC)
  • Lasers and Molecular Photonics (6 EC)
  • Modelling and Simulation in Medical Sciences (6 EC)
  • Physics of Organs 1: Cardio-Pulmonary Physics (6 EC)
  • Physics of Organs 2: Sensory Organs and Bioelectricity (6 EC)
  • Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter (6 EC)
  • Statistical Theory of Complex Molecular Systems (6 EC)
  • Advanced Medical Technology (6 EC)
  • Biomedical Optics (6 EC)
  • Dynamics of Biomolecules and Cells (6 EC)
  • From Genome to Physiome (6 EC)
  • Medical Imaging (6 EC)
  • Parameter Est. Applied to Medical & Biological Science (6 EC)
  • Physics of Photosynthesis (6 EC).

In the second year you conduct two research projects, leading to a specialisation in either biophysics or biomedical physics. Usually one project is conducted within one of the associated research groups in Amsterdam. 

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How to Apply

Please be sure to follow each step carefully.  

  • Register in Studielink
  • Application file submission
  • General application procedure (different for Dutch and International students in some respects)
  • Pay the Tuition Fee (after Admission)

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