Radboud University

Physics and Astronomy, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The Master’s 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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Applying the laws of physics in real-life situations, ranging from measuring brain activity to designing new materials and investigating space objects.

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.

The Nijmegen approach

It's the best Master's programme of its kind in the Netherlands, according to the Keuzegids Masters.

  • Teaching takes place in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups. This ensures that at Radboud University you'll get plenty of one-on-one time with your internship supervisor.
  • We have a multidisciplinary approach: you not only can specialise in Physics, but also in astrophysics, biophysics, mathematical physics, chemical physics or materials science.
  • You'll spend one year on research, and thus get an extensive experience in scientific methods.
  • Radboud University hosts multiple state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the High Field Magnet Laboratory , FELIX laser laboratory, Nanolab and neuroimaging facilities (MRI, MEG, EEG, TMS). We also participate in the LHC particle accelerator in Geneva, the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina and various other large-scale research projects.
  • On average, our graduates find a job within 2 months after graduating. A majority of these jobs are PhD positions at universities in the Netherlands and abroad.
Apart from compulsory courses and electives, a large part of this Master's programme consists of internships. You'll thus get an extensive experience in performing experiments in your field of interest.

Programme Structure

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 Master’s 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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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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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 10360 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. 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, South-Korea, Russia 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 installments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.

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 1,951 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

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.

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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