Radboud University

Physics and Astronomy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Master’s programme in Physics and Astronomy allows you to explore anything from fundamental physics to neuroscience and particle physics. Researchers at Radboud Univesrity attract attention worldwide with spectacular discoveries, from the origin of cosmic particles to magnetism with light. With close supervision and extensive research experience, you gain a new perspective in physics.


Are you interested in the fundamental make-up of the universe and its evolution? Do you want to explore the ‘terra incognita’ between quantum and classical physics, which is of great importance for designing next-generation materials and devices? Perhaps your goal is to use your physics background to understand the communication between neurons in the brain.

The Master's in Physics and Astronomy offers you the scope to specialise in pure physics or discover the interface between physics and astronomy, mathematics, chemistry or biology. Studying at an internationally-renowned and Nobel Prize-winning physics department, you will gain advanced research experience and knowledge to pursue your career in physics.

Choose your focus

We have a multidisciplinary approach: you not only can specialise in Physics, but also in astrophysics, biophysics, mathematical physics, chemical physics or materials science. As a Physics and Astronomy student, you'll choose one of the following specialisations. With electives and internships, you can fit the programme exactly to your specific interests.

  • Particle and Astrophysics
  • Physics of Molecules and Materials
  • Neuroscience
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation
  • Science and Education (in Dutch)

World-class environment

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 , FELIXlaser 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.

Many international physicists come here to perform their experiments. For instance, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov revealed the amazing properties of graphene in our High Field Magnet Laboratory, resulting in research that won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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.

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    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. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    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). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in :

  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Applied Physics
  • ...or equivalent

2. A proficiency in EnglishIn order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of >575 (paper based) or >90 (internet based)
  • An IELTS score of >=6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10856 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10856 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Nijmegen

  • 880 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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