M.Sc. On Campus

Physics and Astronomy - Advanced Matter and Energy Physics

24 months
15500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Physics and Astronomy - Advanced Matter and Energy Physics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam gives you a solid understanding of gas phase, soft condensed matter and hard condensed matter physics.


Physics and Astronomy - Advanced Matter and Energy Physics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  has three study paths: Emergent Materials, Atomic Quantum Physics, and Soft and Complex Matter. Each path comprises compulsory courses, a selection of guided-choice electives and free-choice electives – equipping you to conduct your research project in one of the participating groups. You can also combine study paths. The programme coordinator will help you design a coherent study programme tailored to your own interest and preparing you for your research project. 

Key facts:

A one-month, exploratory lab project and an extensive one-year research project form an essential part of the programme. Usually these projects are conducted at one of the associated research groups, but you can also go to a research laboratory abroad or an industrial lab. The VU Amsterdam research groups are all part of LaserLaB Amsterdam, which is a member of a consortium of 27 leading laboratories in laser-based research throughout Europe. 

The Advanced Matter and Energy Physics track is powered by three major players in experimental physics research in Amsterdam: the Physics Department of VU Amsterdam, the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics of the University of Amsterdam, and the premier NWO institute AMOLF. Top researchers from all three institutions teach groundbreaking topics in each of the three study paths. Challenging research projects at the forefront of ongoing and new research are offered by all three partners.

Programme Structure

Topics include:

  • Testing fundamental physics theories at the atomic scale; Quantum measurement, simulation and computation with (ultra)cold atoms, molecules and trapped ions; properties of new forms of ultracold atoms and molecules.
  • Artificial photosynthesis; bio-fuels; next generation energy materials, such as nanocrystals, 2D materials, nanowires and nanophotonic systems for tomorrow's solar energy conversion.
  • Quantum materials; strongly interacting electron systems; topological phases of matter; unconventional superconductors. 
  • Emergent phenomena (phase transitions, self-organisation, mechanics) in soft- and bio-materials (polymers, porous media, active systems) and in high-tech designer materials (colloids, metamaterials).

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Physics and Astronomy is a joint degree between the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. All student administration and services for this programme are organized by the University of Amsterdam.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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