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MSc Physics and Astronomy - Theoretical Physics

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

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About this course

The two-year track Theoretical Physics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, offers education and training from researchers of one of Europe's leading institutes in this challenging and exciting field.

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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 Programme Manager.

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Course Modules

The first year of the programme consists mainly of courses. The following courses are compulsory:

  • Quantum field theory (6 EC, first semester)
  • Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory I (6 EC, first semester)
  • Student seminar Theoretical Physics (6 EC, second semester)
  • Academic skills courses (6 EC in total, first and second semester)

In addition, you choose an individually tailored set of elective physics and mathematics courses (24 EC in total), under compulsory guidance. Examples are:

  • Cosmology
  • ?General Relativity 
  • ?Mathematical Methods 1 and 2
  • ?Advanced Numerical Methods in Many-Body Physics
  • Particles and Fields
  • Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory 2
  • Statistical Physics of Soft and Living Matter
  • Advanced QFT
  • ?String Theory

At the end of the first year of the programme, you make a start with your Master's project, which will take most of your second year. This project:

  • provides your research training
  • comprises independent research on a contemporary subject in theoretical physics
  • takes place within one of the participating research groups, or in industry under the supervision of a faculty staff member.

During your Master's project you can still take one or two elective courses, and you receive some training in career planning and presenting.

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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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