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Physics and Astronomy: Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics (track)

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The two-year track Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics (GRAPPA) in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with VU Amsterdam, stands at at the intersection of theoretical physics, experimental (astro)particle physics and astrophysics. Students benefit from a highly collaborative international research environment. Current research topics include gravitational waves, collider-based particle physics experiments and dark matter detection, and staff is involved in several large international research projects.

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What is this programme about?
Students and lecturers from the programme Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics will tell you in this video what to expect from this programme and discuss career opportunities once you have graduated.

Admission during COVID-19

Due to the Corona pandemic, in exceptional cases, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree or pre-Master’s. Check the Application and Admission pages for more information.

Is GRAPPA in Amsterdam the track for me?

The GRAPPA track is for ambitious students interested in gravitation, astroparticle and particle physics. You are intrigued by both the subatomic scale (e.g. the Standard Model, particle interactions) and the largest scales (e.g. astrophysical objects, the Universe), and are particularly interested in combining the two to address some of the biggest puzzles in science. Furthermore, you:

  • are interested in fundamental research;
  • have thorough knowledge of quantum mechanics, calculus and electrodynamics;
  • have a theoretical or experimental background.

What does Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle Physics in Amsterdam have to offer me?

The GRAPPA track offers a broad curriculum. Members of the research group are theorists and experimentalists, and you will be able to specialise in either theoretical, experimental (astro)particle physics or astrophysics. The curriculum is designed to challenge you and to give you the tools to work on your research topic in your second year. Current GRAPPA research topics include:

  • Gravitational waves
  • Collider-based particle physics experiments
  • Dark matter detection
  • Multi-messenger techniques (i.e. neutrinos, radio through gamma-ray signatures)
  • Particle acceleration in astrophysical sources
  • Cosmology
  • Beyond the Standard Model physics

GRAPPA staff members are involved with several international research projects, such as:

  • CERN-based ATLAS and LHCb experiments
  • ​KM3NeT neutrino telescope
  • ​KamLAND reactor neutrino experiment
  • ​XENON dark matter experiment
  • Cherenkov Telescope Array
  • VIRGO gravitational wave interferometer
  • Existing and upcoming astrophysical facilities from the radio waves (e.g. LOFAR) through the X-rays (e.g. Chandra, XMM, LOFT)

Extra scholarships available

For Physics and Astronomy only, we have in addition to our regular Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarships, extra scholarships available for excellent (non-Dutch) EU/EER students. The Amsterdam Physics and Astronomy Scholarship.

Relevant information

Check these pages with relevant information about the programme.

Joint degree programme with VU University Amsterdam

GRAPPA is a track in the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate in Physics and Astronomy to graduates. As a Physics and Astronomy student in Amsterdam you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.

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Degree programme MSc Physics and Astronomy
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 65016