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The award
BSc

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 10900

All study options

About Physics at University of Groningen

How does nature works and how can we use it? By making models and formulating natural laws, we can describe and predict the natural world. It leads to experimental research and practical applications.

Physics is a 'hard' science: it is concerned with hard figures,precise and pure measurements. These are used to produce models andexplain natural phenomena.
The Bachelor's programme in Physics lasts three years. During your1st year, you will study basic subjects such as linear algebra andrelativity. You will also take practical courses. After this year,you can choose between four specialisations:
Particle Physics

An introduction to the smallest constituents of materials. Itdeals with 'fundamental' questions such as Where is anti-matter in the Universe?

Physics of Energy and Environment
What is the physics behind the various processes used in thepresent and (possible) future forms of energy? How can we assuresufficient energy availability for future generations?
Physics of Life and Health
How does a CT scan work and what are the effects of radiation? Thisspecialization deals with medical research, biophysics andtechnique development.

Nanophysics

Nanophysics is the study of materials on nano scales (onebillionth of a metre). Some materials are known to have veryspecial properties on these small scales.

How does nature works and how can we use it? By making models and formulating natural laws, we can describe and predict the natural world. It leads to experimental research and practical applications.


Physics is a 'hard' science: it is concerned with hard figures,precise and pure measurements. These are used to produce models andexplain natural phenomena.
The Bachelor's programme in Physics lasts three years. During your1st year, you will study basic subjects such as linear algebra andrelativity. You will also take practical courses. After this year,you can choose between four specialisations:
Particle Physics

An introduction to the smallest constituents of materials. Itdeals with 'fundamental' questions such as Where is anti-matter in the Universe?

Physics of Energy and Environment
What is the physics behind the various processes used in thepresent and (possible) future forms of energy? How can we assuresufficient energy availability for future generations?
Physics of Life and Health
How does a CT scan work and what are the effects of radiation? Thisspecialization deals with medical research, biophysics andtechnique development.

Nanophysics

Nanophysics is the study of materials on nano scales (onebillionth of a metre). Some materials are known to have veryspecial properties on these small scales.

After your studies

Job prospects

Research, advising or teaching... there are many fields opento you! Physics consists of a broad Bachelor's programme, afterwhich you can specialize with a Master's degree programme. You canthen pursue a career in business or continue in the academicworld.

Business

If you opt for the business sector, you could pursue a career inindustry, helping to develop technological innovations. Automationcompanies also like to employ physicists. In the SME sector,consultancy and engineering firms are also increasingly looking forphysicists.

Research

Once you have your Master's degree, you could find employmentwith research institutes such as TNO (Netherlands Organization forApplied Scientific Research) and the KNMI (Royal NetherlandsMeteorological Institute). You can also carry out PhD research at a university.

Not the same as technology

Large organizations such as banks and insurance companies liketo employ physicists because of their analytical skills. As aphysicist you can formulate a model to describe, predict and solvean issue. This is useful in positions that involve conductinganalyses. There was a period during which McKinsey, the globalconsultancy firm, preferred to recruit only physicists!

Research, advising or teaching... there are many fields opento you! Physics consists of a broad Bachelor's programme, afterwhich you can specialize with a Master's degree programme. You canthen pursue a career in business or continue in the academicworld.

Business

If you opt for the business sector, you could pursue a career inindustry, helping to develop technological innovations. Automationcompanies also like to employ physicists. In the SME sector,consultancy and engineering firms are also increasingly looking forphysicists.

Research

Once you have your Master's degree, you could find employmentwith research institutes such as TNO (Netherlands Organization forApplied Scientific Research) and the KNMI (Royal NetherlandsMeteorological Institute). You can also carry out PhD research at a university.

Not the same as technology

Large organizations such as banks and insurance companies liketo employ physicists because of their analytical skills. As aphysicist you can formulate a model to describe, predict and solvean issue. This is useful in positions that involve conductinganalyses. There was a period during which McKinsey, the globalconsultancy firm, preferred to recruit only physicists!

Job examples

  • Technical innovator
  • Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Product developer
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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 awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 10900

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • EM

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • NG

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • NT

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics and 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 bachelor programme for which you applied.

language test

Proof of English proficiency is required: TOEFL IBT score of 92,a TOEFL CBT score of 237, a TOEFL PBT score of 580, an IELTS score of 6.5, a CAE or CPE certificate.

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)issions/bsc/languagefor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc ApplicationProcedure' pages at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)lor-degree-programme

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY!

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Een voldoende op je vwo-Engels is aan te bevelen omdat deopleiding Natuurkunde Engelstalig is.

other admission requirements

Heb je een andere vooropleiding, zoals een HBO-propedeuse of eenniet-toereikend vwo-diploma? Kijk dan voor meer informatie over detoelatingsprocedure via de Toelatingscommissie BSc opleidingen FSEop:

http://www.rug.nl/(...)lating-inschrijving/

Registration procedure

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

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

  • There is an online questionnaire.
  • The degree programme may invite the prospective student for an additional interview.

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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