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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
April, February, January, November, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Applied Physics at University of Groningen

The Master's degree programme in Applied Physics offers an excellent combination of fundamental research on the one hand, and an open eye to possible industrial applications on the other.

The university accommodates excellent teaching and researchfacilities. Teaching and research are closely related. The researchprogramme of Applied Physics at the University of Groningen isembedded in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, whichbelongs to the Times Higher Education top 15 of best materialsresearch institutes in the world.

The international environment of the programme, and especiallywithin the research groups, is inspiring and challenging. TheMaster's degree programme in Applied Physics is open to studentswho already have a solid background in physics or applied physics,and who are eager to expand their knowledge and experience toobtain a Master's degree in a modern applied physics researchenvironment. The programme focuses on materials engineering anddevice physics.


The Master's degree programme in Applied Physics offers an excellent combination of fundamental research on the one hand, and an open eye to possible industrial applications on the other.

The university accommodates excellent teaching and researchfacilities. Teaching and research are closely related. The researchprogramme of Applied Physics at the University of Groningen isembedded in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, whichbelongs to the Times Higher Education top 15 of best materialsresearch institutes in the world.

The international environment of the programme, and especiallywithin the research groups, is inspiring and challenging. TheMaster's degree programme in Applied Physics is open to studentswho already have a solid background in physics or applied physics,and who are eager to expand their knowledge and experience toobtain a Master's degree in a modern applied physics researchenvironment. The programme focuses on materials engineering anddevice physics.

After your studies

Job prospects

The Master's degree programme in Applied Physics is primarilymeant for students who want to become researchers and developers inan industrial environment. However, many graduates continue on to aPhD project after obtaining their Master's degree, either inGroningen or elsewhere.

During the Master's degree, teamwork, communication andpresentation are important qualities to be developed. In many casesconsiderable IT skills are developed as well. These generalcompetences, together with the analytical skills typical ofresearchers, for example problem-solving abilities, guarantee thatgraduates are widely employable. Most applied physicists find jobsin an entrepreneurial environment where a strong background inphysics is necessary.

The Master's degree programme in Applied Physics is primarilymeant for students who want to become researchers and developers inan industrial environment. However, many graduates continue on to aPhD project after obtaining their Master's degree, either inGroningen or elsewhere.

During the Master's degree, teamwork, communication andpresentation are important qualities to be developed. In many casesconsiderable IT skills are developed as well. These generalcompetences, together with the analytical skills typical ofresearchers, for example problem-solving abilities, guarantee thatgraduates are widely employable. Most applied physicists find jobsin an entrepreneurial environment where a strong background inphysics is necessary.

Job examples

  • PhD Research Project
  • R&D in an industrial or entrepreneurial environment
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsApril, February, January, November, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

Non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Technische NatuurkundeAll Research universities

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PhysicsAll Research universities

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Admission requirements

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additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the Board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge. Applications areevaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until theapplication deadline to apply.

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

At least a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge.The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the masterprogramme for which you applied.

other admission requirements

SCHOLARSHIPS

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leadingmanufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/yscholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, whoget the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within theirscholarship period. More information can be found here: https://www.asml.com/(...)/en/s32512?rid=30027

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

A universitary Bachelor's degree in Physics. A special programmeis available for holders of a Dutch HBO Bachelor's degree. Fordetails, please contact the programme coordinator.

other admission requirements

In cooperation with ASML our Applied Physics degree acceptstudents with an ASML scholarship. ASML is one of the world'sleading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/yscholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, whoadditionally will get the chance to become a Technology Ambassadorwithin their scholarship period. https://www.asml.com/(...)p/en/s32512?rid=3002

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. The Board may decide that you haveto take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme beforebeing admitted.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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