MSc in Physics and Astronomy

Radboud University

Program Description

MSc in Physics and Astronomy

Radboud University

Introduction The physicists and astronomers at Radboud University are internationally renowned. They attract attention worldwide with spectacular discoveries - from the origin of cosmic particles to magnetism with light.All lectures are enriched by the research carried out at the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), the Institute of Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP) and the Donders Centre for Neuroscience. And this is where the secret of good education lies, according to a recent evaluation by a commission of experts.

Specialisations You are able to chose from three specialisations within this programme:

  • Neuroscience/Neurophysics
  • Particle and Astrophysics
  • Physics of Molecules and Materials

Programme The programme is built up as follows:

  • Major internship (60 EC)
  • Major courses (30 EC)
  • Philosophy and professional preparation (7 EC)
  • Elective courses (23 EC)

Personal tutor Under the guidance of a personal tutor, this programme offers you considerable freedom to follow your own interests. At the beginning of your study you will choose between one of the following four specialisations: Biophysics, High Energy Physics, Astrophysics, and Molecules and Functional Materials. Within your specialisation you will be able to select a research group and you will be allocated a personal tutor. Together you will decide what research you want to do and which specialization or subject choices will be most appropriate. In short, you develop a made-to-measure programme based on your own wishes.

Unique equipment Our Faculty of Science has access to unique equipment and facilities for studying the properties of materials and molecules. This includes a High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML), which draws scientists to Nijmegen from all over the world. In addition, we have an advanced NanoLab, NMR Lab and Laser Lab. Our newest acquisition is a Free Electron Laser, which we have been able to build thanks to a 23 euros million subsidy from the Dutch government and now the Nijmegen Centre for Advanced Spectrometry is attracting top researchers.

Career prospects Seventy percent of graduates continue to do a PhD project in Nijmegen or elsewhere in the world. Within our research institutes there are vacancies that come up every year. In addition, graduates also find work as researchers and managers within international companies such as Philips, McKinsey and ASML and research institutes such as ESA and CERN.

Start date: in Sepetember.

Quality label For the third time in a row, this programme was rated number one in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Admission requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Physics

Entering the Master’s specialisation in Physics and Astrophysics requires a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Applied Physics
  • ...or equivalent

Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted. The Examination Board will also indicate if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

2. A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of >550 (paper based) or >213 (computer based) or >80 (internet based)
  • An IELTS score of >6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

Deadlines Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1 May.

Quality label

This programme was recently rated ‘Best Programme’ in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2016 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Last updated March 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
2 years
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Nijmegen
Application deadline Request Info
End date Aug. 31, 2017
Duration 2 years
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA- 10,137 EUR for non-EEA students