M.Sc. Physics and Astronomy

Radboud University Nijmegen

Application deadline: May 1; Non-EEA: April 1
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,537 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, February  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

The physicists and astronomers at Radboud University Nijmegen are internationally renowned. They attract attention worldwide with spectacular discoveries - from the origin of cosmic particles to magnetism with light. You can also work on the theoretical and experimental physical properties of new materials, such as graphene, on the nano- and molecular scale.

Career options in science, management, communication or education

In your Master's programme you can combine these specialisations with electives and the variant that suits best your ambition: a career in science, management, communication or education. You have the option to choose one of the following variants:

  • Managing innovation
  • Science communication
  • Teaching science
  • Becoming a researcher
Unique facilities

The first two specialisations are strongly linked to the interdisciplinary nature of the research within IMM, and makes full use of the research facilities within IMM, in particular the

  • High Field Magnet Lab (HFML),
  • NanoLab,
  • Scanning Probe Facilities
  • Terahertz Free Electron Laser within the Felix/Felicy/Flare

Donders Centre for Neuroscience

The specialisation in Neuroscience/Neurophysics is linked to the Donders Centre for Neuroscience, a multi-disciplinary research institutes spanning many faculties at Radboud University (Natural Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities), where you will work on the function of the brain, in particular in the coordination and communication between neurons, and the interpretation of the transmitted signals between neurons. How does the collection of neurons lead to a self-thinking, self-functioning organism? How can the brain be understood and modelled in terms of a multi-component system? A personal tutor will help you select suitable courses. Basically, you will create your own programme, with just very few compulsory subjects.

The Nijmegen approach

The first thing you will notice as you enter our Faculty of Science is the open atmosphere. This is reflected by the light and transparent building and the open minded spirit of the working, exploring and studying people that you will meet there. No wonder students from all over the world have been attracted to Nijmegen. You study in small groups, in direct and open contact with members of the staff. In addition, Nijmegen has excellent student facilities, such as high-tech laboratories, libraries and study ‘landscapes'.

Studying by the ‘Nijmegen approach' is a way of living. We will equip you with tools which are valuable for the rest of your life. You will be challenged to become aware of your intrinsic motivation. In other words, what is your passion in life? With this question in mind we will guide you to translate your passion into a personal Master's programme.

Contents

The Master's programmes we offer in Nijmegen prepare you for your future career, in science, business, management or education. If you opt for a career in science, our research specialisation provides you the optimal preparation for a PhD position.

Besides that, we offer separate graduation variants for management and communication. We know what skills employers in these fields are looking for in new recruits. By choosing the variant of your interest you will be equipped with the appropriate skills, knowledge and attitude and prepare yourself for the next step in your career.

More information on the graduation variants

Towards the end of the first year of your Master's programme, the study advisor will help you select the career-related direction in which you will graduate. During your second year you can decide to focus on Research in one of the specialisations you selected at the beginning of the programme, or you can decide to go into Management & Technology, Communication or Education. If you decide not to focus on Research, the scope of your research will be narrower and the extra ECs thus liberated' will be dedicated to subjects that prepare you for a future career in one of the three professional areas described below. In your second year, you may choose between specialising in research, or one of the two more career-oriented variants:

  • Research

This variant provides training in fundamental and applied research - essential if you intend to do a PhD or work in industrial or institutional research. The following specialisations are offered within this research variant:
o Neuroscience
o Particle and Astrophysics
o Physics of Molecules and Materials

  • Management & Technology

This variant prepares you for a management position in a business where science is crucial. It includes training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Management and Technology is closely linked to the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS). More information about this variant can be found on the Management and Technology website.

  • Science Communication

If you choose this variant, you will learn about science communication with a wider audience and there is also an option to prepare for a career in teaching. Science Communication is closely linked to the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS). More information can be found on the Science Communication website.

  • Education

Here you prepare for a career in teaching. As the education variant prepares you for the Dutch educational system, this programme is taught in Dutch. It is facilitated by the Instituut Leraar en School (ILS, only in Dutch). More information can be found on the website of the ILS (only in Dutch).

Requirements

Admission requirements for international students

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Physics and Astronomy or related area

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.

2. A proficiency in English

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:

  • TOEFL score of >550 (paper based) or >213 (computer based) or >80 (internet based)
  • 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

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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Funding

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University Nijmegen. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to talented prospective non-EEA students - the scholarship consists of a partial tuition waiver.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.

Erasmus Mundus ERANET

Open for Russian candidates - applicants may be undergraduate exchange students, Master's students, doctorate and post-doctorate candidates, as well as academic and administrative staff.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

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 1,906 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education instituations 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.

Dutch Student Finance

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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