The first year of the programme consists mainly of courses. The following courses are compulsory:
In addition, you choose an individually tailored set of elective physics and mathematics courses (21 EC in total), under compulsory guidance. Examples are:
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:
During your Master's project you can still take one or two elective courses, and you receive some training in career planning and presenting.
Your Master's project culminates in a written Master's thesis, and an oral presentation of your project results completes the programme. A few recent examples of Master's theses in Theoretical Physics from the UvA are:
Other Physics Master's theses can be found in the digital theses library of the UvA Faculty of Science.
All students enrolled in the Physics and Astronomy Master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.