M.Sc. Physics and Astronomy

Radboud University Nijmegen

Application deadline: May 1; Non-EEA: March 1
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,260 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, February  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
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:

  • ResearchThis 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 & TechnologyThis 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 CommunicationIf 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.
  • EducationHere 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

As of February 2008 Radboud University Nijmegen has its own Radboud Scholarship Programme. This programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue an English-taught Master´s degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Erasmus Mundus ERANET - COMING SOON!

The ERANET - Mundus project offers a selected number of talented prospective Russian students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue an English-taught Master's degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Erasmus Mundus SAPIENT

The Erasmus Mundus programme (2009-2013) is an EU cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education. SAPIENT provides all South African students the possibility to study at one of the top universities of the International Research Universities Network (IRUN).

Programmes under the auspices of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Netherlands Fellowship Programme: This Fellowship Programme offers scholarships for selected NFP programmes including selected programmes of Radboud University Nijmegen.

Dutch study grant system: EU/EEA students who wish to take a degree programme in the Netherlands can sometimes be eligible for a Dutch student grant.

STUNED: The Stuned programme is applicable to postgraduate students from Indonesia.

National scholarships

Please also check if there are scholarships or grants available in your own country for studying in the Netherlands. Below we have listed a number of scholarships that are available from specific countries.

Fulbright scholarships: Fulbright Scholarships are available for American graduate students and researchers.

Ford Foundation: Sometimes private foundations may be willing to fund your study period abroad. The international Fellowship Programme from the Ford Foundation is one example.

Soros Foundations: Grants, scholarships and fellowships are available for students and researchers coming from 23 countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.

HEC: The Higher Education Commission was set up by the Government of Pakistan and has created a scholarship programme for students from Pakistan.

Colfuturo: This programme is available for students from Colombia.

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Please check also the grantfinder of the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC). This grantfinder enables you to find scholarships applicable to students from particular countries.

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