M.Sc. Physics and Astronomy

Radboud University | Nijmegen , Netherlands
The Masterís programme in Physics and Astronomy is internationally renowned for its research. 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. You can choose between three specialisations: Neuroscience, Particle and Astrophysics or Physics of Molecules and Materials.
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Unique facilities

The masterspecialisation Physics of Molecules and Materials is strongly linked to the interdisciplinary nature of the research within the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), and makes full use of the research facilities within IMM, in particular the:

  • High Field Magnet Lab (HFML)
  • NMR
  • NanoLab
  • Scanning Probe Facilities
  • Terahertz Free Electron Laser within the Felix/Felicy/Flare
  • Donders Centre for Neuroscience
Within these world renowned facilities you can study the origins 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. You can choose between three specialisations: Neuroscience, Particle and Astrophysics or Physics of Molecules and Materials.

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 Ďlandscapes'.

Studying by the ĎNijmegen 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.

Quality label

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).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline May 1; Non-EEA: April 1
Tuition fee
  • EUR 10137 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1984 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Specialisations within the Master's in Physics and Astronomy

You can choose one of the following three specialisations:

  • Neuroscience
  • Particle and Astrophysics
  • Physics of Molecules and Materials
Societal Master's 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 Masterís specialisations, namely:

  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation
  • Science and Education (in Dutch only)


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.


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 213 (computer based)
  • IELTS score of > 6.0
  • Cambridge 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.

Please visit the programme's website for more detailed information on requirements!

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