The field of experimental physics offers unique scientific and technological challenges. As a student in the Master’s degree program in Experimental Physics, you will learn about the fundamental scientific theories that describe the world around us. You will receive advanced training in the design and use of advanced instrumentation or computer simulations required to study those theories.
The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2017) ranked this program as the best in the field of Physics in the Netherlands.
What You'll LEarn
You will gain hands-on experience with the latest technologies in, for example, laser cooling to study Bose-Einstein condensation, novel techniques used to study complex materials down to the (sub)atomic level, and microscopy techniques that allow you to follow biological processes on an nm scale. Hand in hand with these experimental methods, you will also learn to apply advanced data analysis techniques and computer modeling.
The MSc program offers courses with a strong link to research carried out by experimental research groups in the Department of Physics at Utrecht University. You will have the opportunity to work in close cooperation with groups specializing in the strong nuclear forces, ultra-cold quantum matter, and ultra-fast light-matter interaction.
Research for experimental physics is performed at the Nanophotonics, Soft Condensed Matter & Biophysics, and Subatomic Physics labs in Utrecht and at the famous CERN laboratory in Geneva. You will also have the opportunity to participate in (inter)national research meetings.
The Master's program in Experimental Physics offers excellent preparation for a career in a research laboratory in the high-tech industry, or as a Ph.D. student at Universities and research institutes around the world.
The MSc in Experimental Physics is a research Master's, and many graduates continue in research inside or outside of academia. However, a Master's degree in Experimental Physics opens up many possibilities in industry, finance, and consultancy, depending on your particular talents and preferences. A few examples of jobs held by recent graduates from Experimental Physics include:
- Ph.D. candidate
- Research & development in the high-tech industry
- Research-oriented positions in industry
It is easy for graduates of Utrecht University’s Experimental Physics Master’s program to find their way into Ph.D. programs in Utrecht or elsewhere in the Netherlands. Typically, around 50% of our graduates continue on to a Ph.D. in Utrecht or elsewhere. A Ph.D. position in the Netherlands is generally fully funded for a period of four years.
The Master's program in Experimental Physics also opens up a broad range of career opportunities outside the world of academia.
If you want to find a job or internship in the Netherlands, knowing Dutch will get you places. Even if you work within an international organization, knowing at least some Dutch is always a benefit and in some cases even a requirement. In order to learn Dutch, free language websites such as duolingo.com or dutchgrammar.com can get you started or take a look at the Dutch courses offered by Babel. As a student from Utrecht University, you receive a 25% discount on their course offerings.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’. This permit can be submitted within 3 years after completing your studies and allows you unlimited working rights (hence: a work permit –TWV- is not required). For an overview of the conditions that apply for this permit, please visit the IND website.