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.
You are able to choose from 5 specialisations within this programme:
- Particle and Astrophysics
- Physics of Molecules and Materials
- Science and Society
- Science, Management and Innovation
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)
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.
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.
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.
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).
As an international student, your prior education must meet certain 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
- 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 or student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.
2. 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:
- TOEFL score of >90;
- An IELTS score of ≥6.5;
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
Programmes starting in September
- Non-EEA students: 1 April.
- EEA students: 1 May.
This programme was recently rated ‘Best Programme’ and 'Top rated programme' in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2018 (Guide to Master's programmes).