The University of Groningen has a long-standing tradition of high-level physics research, with the highlight of the Nobel Prize awarded to Frits Zernike in 1953.

The Physics Master's degree program is open to students who already have a solid background in physics and are eager to expand their knowledge and experience in an environment of modern physics research. The goal of the Master's degree program in Physics is to train excellent researchers in the field of materials science, subatomic physics, isotope physics or theoretical physics.

The program offers the following tracks:

  • Quantum Universe
  • Advanced Materials a
  • Science, Business and Policy

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Wide spectrum of high-level research in Physics and related sciences;
  • Our Materials Science Research ranks high in the THES world's Top 15 institutes in material science;
  • Best master's program in Physics in the Netherlands, according to Elsevier;
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike;
  • Gives access to the additional, highly selective High Systems and Materials Honors Master.

Program

Curriculum

This master's degree program consists of a program of 120 ECTS. The first year (60 ECTS) consists of compulsory and elective courses. This allows much freedom and the possibility to put together a specific program that specializes in state of the art physics topics.

In the second year of your training, you conduct a major research project matching the field of your specialization. This research project takes place in one of the research institutes of the University of Groningen that carry out research in physics:

  • Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
  • Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity
  • Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG)
  • Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
  • KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology

Each of these research institutes has its own fields of specialty. Together they constitute a wide spectrum of high-level research in physics and related sciences.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, the UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programs have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Admission requirements

Dutch or international diploma

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Knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

Previous education

Bachelor's degree in Physics, Applied Physics or Astronomy.

International diploma

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Additional subject The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of the general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.
Previous education

Bachelor's degree in Physics or Applied/Engineering Physics.

This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master program for which you applied.

Scholarships

In cooperation with major national and international companies, we welcome students with several scholarships

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, who get the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within their scholarship period.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree program. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 12500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

The Master's program in Physics is primarily meant for students who want to become researchers. Most graduates will proceed with a Ph.D. research project after their Master's program, either in Groningen or elsewhere. Nevertheless, many physicists who have trained as researchers will find jobs that are less explicitly oriented towards research. This is because training as a researcher in physics also develops general competences that make graduates highly versatile.

During the Master's degree program, teamwork, communication, and presentation are important qualities. In many cases, considerable IT skills are developed. In practice, physics graduates can be found in consultancy firms, in process management, in commercial positions, in financial jobs or as teachers.

Job examples

  • Ph.D. research position
  • Consultant
  • Process manager
  • Teacher
  • Financial jobs

Research

Get involved in Research at the Zernike Institute - Ranked in the THES World's top 15

The research project in the second year of your training takes place in one of the research institutes of the University of Groningen that carry out research in physics:

  • Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
  • Van Swinderen Institute
  • Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG)
  • Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
  • Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (CART)

Each of these research institutes has its own fields of interest.

Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials in Groningen is one of the largest centers of materials research in the Netherlands and it belongs to the THES top 15 of the best materials research institutes in the world. Basic research on materials is directed towards unraveling the relations between the properties that determine their functionality and their chemical composition and structure. The Zernike Institute is dedicated to a cross-disciplinary approach and in many research groups, physicists and chemists work closely together. Research on surfaces, polymers, biomolecular materials, computational solid-state physics, nanophysics, optical properties of the solid-state and materials engineering are some of the fields of research. In addition to experimental research with state-of-the-art equipment, the Zernike Institute also studies theoretical solid-state physics.

Van Swinderen Institute

The aim of the Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics and Gravity is to study the fundamental forces of nature with implications for our universe. These investigations connect through close similarities in physics from Planck-scale physics (quantum gravity) via sub-atomic scales (particle physics) to cosmic dimensions. There are both theoretical as well as experimental efforts in more specialized topics such as the test of fundamental symmetries and forces, Large Hadron Collider and Beyond the Standard Model physics, holography, string theory, and inflation.

Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG)

ESRIG focuses on two themes, of which the first is called 'Energy supply and energy conversion'. This includes the sustainable role of biofuels, also in connection to food and land use, energy transition, second (and later) generation biofuel research; Organic Solar Cells, determination and monitoring of bio-fuel admixtures, natural gas and new gas mixture combustion research, innovative production methods for fossil fuels, underground coal gasification, geothermal energy, gas transition, hydrogen as energy carrier and (de-central) electricity production control design.

The second theme, 'Transition towards Sustainability' consists of carbon cycle and greenhouse gases research, CO2 emission monitoring, CO2 storage surveillance, CO2 storage in relation to underground characteristics, combustion efficiency and harmful emission reduction, development and evaluation of (inter)national climate policies, societal and ethical context of scientific/technical transitions towards sustainability.

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute

The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute is the department of Astronomy at the University of Groningen. The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute uses the most advanced instrumentation on the ground and in space, as well as the most advanced computing facilities. Kapteyn staff are involved in the operation as well as planning and construction of major astronomical instrumentation efforts, again on the ground and in space. Master students at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute work in research groups that are currently shaping 21st-century astronomy and astrophysics. The Kapteyn Institute has close connections with the two major national foundations dealing with astronomical instrumentation: ASTRON and SRON.

KVI-Centre for Advanced Radiation Technology

The mission of KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (KVI-CART) is to perform basic research on subatomic and astroparticle physics and application-driven research on accelerator physics and physics in medicine. We work, in close collaboration with the scientific community, healthcare, and industry, on long-term solutions for science and society. Through the development of state-of-the-art detection techniques, CART fosters the cross-fertilization between basic and application-driven research. CART educates young researchers in physics and medical technology at BSc, MSc and Ph.D. level.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 7, 2019
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