The AMEP MSc. degree program

& experimental physics in the Amsterdam area.

What is AMEP?

The two-year track Advanced Matter and Energy Physics in the MSc. Degree programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is among the best experimental physics programmes in the world. It offers you challenging courses and research opportunities in hot topics in laboratories around the world and prepares you for an exciting career in research.

Who is AMEP?

Logo’s of contributing institutes

The lecturers involved in the AMEP MSc. Degree programme are researchers from a number of different institutes in the Amsterdam area. These are the three UvA clusters Quantum Gases & Quantum information, Quantum Materials and Soft Matter; the Laserlab; NWO institutes AMOLF and ARCNL and QuSoft. Together these institutes offer projects on a wide range of different topics.

The program

The two-year MSc. degree track Advanced Matter and Energy Physics gives you a solid understanding of quantum gasses, soft condensed matter and hard condensed matter physics. Using state-of-the-art equipment and under the supervision of top-ranked physicists you are invited to research the topic of your interest. The programme consists of compulsory courses, restricted-choice and free elective courses. The second year is devoted to a research project in one of the participating research groups.

Research projects

Meta-material deformations in the Coulais lab.
Picture by C. Coulais

Looking for a MSc. project in experimental physics in the Amsterdam area? Check out our wiki pages. Here you’ll find offers on projects from the different institutes. These projects will be regularly updated. Contact the supervisor for more details.

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Programme overview

AMEP seminars

Every week we organise a lunch seminar. The program can be found on the AMEP lunch meeting calendar. The meetings are open to all students, but the level is aimed at 3rd year BSc./1st year Msc. students. The meeting starts with a 30 minute scientific talk, followed by a short overview of the associated research groups and potential research projects. Projects are also announced on our insta and twitter feeds!

Yesterday’s seminar with interesting talks by AMEP alumnus Tom Hoekstra and Rick Bethlem. We talked about the properties of monolayer materials and about molecular fountains ⛲️!


The sign-up form for next week’s seminar is open! We’re excited to see you there:

We love listening to @SvenAskes and Sergio Barquero Pierantoni talking about research! Are you joining us, Rick Bethlem and Tom Hoekstra next week at 11? Reserve your spot and a lunch here:

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The early days

From the van der Waals lab to Sciencepark.

AMEP started in 2010 when Mark Golden organised the first experimental physics MSc. degree track at the University of Amsterdam. The lecturers where from the three research clusters that comprise the van der Waals-Zeeman institute: Soft Condensed Matter, Hard Condensed Matter and Quantum Gases & Quantum Information. Incidentally, the start of AMEP marked the move of experimental physics to the new building at Amsterdam Science Park. AMEP is currently associated with more than 50 research groups in the Amsterdam area.