In the two-year track Biophysics and Biophotonics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will use the language of physics to explore the secrets of life processes. This Master's track was formerly known as Physics of Life and Health.
Supported by the cutting-edge technologies available in our laboratories and by a series of theoretical classes delivered by our enthusiastic staff members, you can dive into the fascinating world of DNA unfolding, protein function, cell mechanics, tissue engineering, and organ function. You will learn about photonics and its use in the development of new imaging techniques; or you can choose to deepen your knowledge in the application of physics in the area of biomedical imaging and therapy, in close collaboration with the medical doctors of the two academic medical centres of Amsterdam. After this programme, you can continue an exciting career in an academic research institute, apply for a post-graduation training to become a clinical physicist, work in hospitals, schools, or the private sector.
Is Biophysics and Biophotonics in Amsterdam the track for me?
If you enjoy working in a multidisciplinary environment where you are challenged to bridge fundamental physics and life sciences, Biophysics and Biophotonics is the track for you. Building on your previous knowledge in mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, quantum mechanics, and mathematics, in the first year you will attend a series of classes that will strengthen your physics background while expanding your knowledge in life-related topics.
In the second year, you will choose the subject of your research internship, where you will have the opportunity to work side by side with leading research professionals. Thanks to the extended number of collaborating institutes, we can offer internships in all the areas of Biophysics and Biophotonics, from single molecule to patients, from very fundamental to bed-side.
What does Biophysics and Biophotonics in Amsterdam have to offer me?
The track Biophysics and Biophotonics in Amsterdam is unique in that it involves leading research groups from the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Amsterdam, as well as the two academic hospitals (AMC, University of Amsterdam; and VUmc, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), and other research institutes in Amsterdam, including:
- the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
- the Netherlands Cancer Institute
- the Amsterdam Movement Sciences Institute
- the Academic Center of Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA).
Thanks to this broad network, we can offer you the opportunity to learn what it is like to work in multidisciplinary research teams where physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers and medical professionals come together to further develop and improve the underlying physical principles, theories and methods for, for instance:
Quantitative functional monitoring and imaging of living tissue
- Biomedical imaging, molecular and cellular biophysics and photonics
- Diagnosis and monitoring (such as optical coherence tomography and magnetic resonance imaging)
- Research in molecular and cellular biophysics (such as single-molecule fluorescence, optical tweezers, stimulated emission depletion microscopy and femtosecond spectroscopy)
Joint degree programme with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Biophysics and Biophotonics 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.
Graduates of the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy typically pursue careers:
- as PhD students at physics and astronomy institutes around the world, progressing from there to careers in academia or industry
- in research, within the industry (e.g. Philips, Shell, Océ, ASML)
- in research, within research institutes (e.g. Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM))
- as teachers, within high schools or universities
- as (technical) policy officers, within (science-oriented) governmental and non-profit organisations
- in business (e.g. ICT companies, telecommunications companies, investment banks, consultancy firms)
- as writers, for (science-oriented) media
- as entrepreneurs.
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Last updated October 11, 2018