Would you rather specialise in pure physics or discover the interface between physics and astronomy, mathematics, chemistry or biology? The choice is yours. At Radboud University, you can choose from six specialisations and within each specialisation you'll have plenty of room to customise your programme. We guarantee the highest quality for all specialisation programmes, resulting in number one rates by the Dutch 'Keuzegids Masters' for four years running.
In your internship(s), you can dive into theoretical physics or perform your own experiments: discover new material properties in Europe's highest magnetic fields or with unique free electron lasers, study space objects with the telescopes on top of the Huygens Building or unravel brain activity with MRIs. It's all possible on the Radboud campus. That's why many international physicists come here to perform their experiments. Take Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who revealed the amazing properties of graphene in our High Field Magnet Laboratory. In 2010, they received the Nobel Prize in Physics for those discoveries.
It's the best Master's programme of its kind in the Netherlands, according to the Keuzegids Masters.
You can choose one of the following three specialisations:
You can either follow one of the above mentioned research Master's specialisation as a whole (2 years), or you can combine the first year of the research specialisation with an additional year of one of three societal Master’s specialisations, namely:
Our graduates are well-rounded individuals who are able to solve most types of problems. They have perseverance and strong analytical skills, which is precisely what employers are looking for. All of our graduates find work within three months and most have a job lined up before they graduate, for example at multinational companies such as Philips, McKinsey, ASML, DSM, Solvay, Unilever and AkzoNobel. Others work at the numerous spin-off companies in or near Nijmegen (these have generated some 800 jobs in the region) or at leading research institutes such as ESA and CERN. The programme is also an excellent preparation for enrolment into a PhD programme. Many get their PhD in Nijmegen or elsewhere in the world.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score.
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The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
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The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6.
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The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).
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Admission requirements for international students
The programme requires the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in Physics or Astronomy from a Dutch University. If you do not have all the right subjects, you might be able to catch up in a taylor-made transition programme, depending on your prior education.
The language requirements for Master's programme in Physics and Astronomy differ from the general language requirements!In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
Admission for students with a Dutch university bachelor diploma
The programme requires a Bachelors degree in Physics or Astronomy from Radboud University Nijmegen, or an equivalent degree. A Bachelors degree in Physics and/or Astronomy from any Dutch (technical) university qualifies. By exception, bachelor students with a maximum deficiency of 18 EC in the bachelor education, may already register for the Master Education. In case of a deficiency, it is obligatory to complete the bachelor education in Physics & Astronomy within one year from the date of registration. In case of failure, students will be excluded from further participation to master course exams.
Admission for students with a bachelor diploma from a university of applied sciences (Dutch: hbo; German: Fachhochschule) If you have a degree from a university of applied sciences with a relevant orientation and you would like to proceed with a university programme with respect to Physics and Astronomy at Radboud University, then you may qualify for a shorter programme. The purpose of this transition programme is to have you achieve the level of the bachelor in Physics and Astronomy.
Please visit the programme's website for more detailed information on requirements!
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There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.
Open to talented prospective non-EEA students - the scholarship consists of a partial tuition waiver.
Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South-Korea, Russia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.
Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly installments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.
Open to students from China - the Dutch contribution to the scholarship consist of monthly allowance 1,000 euros, international travel costs 1,400 euros, tuition/research fee 1,951 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.
Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.
EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.
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