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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, November, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Physics at University of Groningen

The University of Groningen has a long-standing tradition of high-level physics research, with the highlight of the Nobel Prize awarded to Frits Zernike in 1953.

The Physics Master's degree programme is open to students whoalready have a solid background in physics and are eager to expand their knowledge and experience in an environment of modern physicsresearch. The goal of the Master's degree programme in Physics isto train excellent researchers in the field of materials science,subatomic physics, isotope physics or theoretical physics.
The programme offers the following tracks:
* Quantum Universe
* Advanced Materials
* Science, Business and Policy

The first year of your study consists mainly of compulsory andelective courses. This allows much freedom and the possibility toput together a specific program that specializes in state of thearts physics topics.

In the second year of your training you conduct a major researchproject matching the field of your specialisation. This researchproject takes place in one of the research institutes of theUniversity of Groningen that carry out research in physics:
› Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
› Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics andGravity
› Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen(ESRIG)
› Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
› KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology

Each of these research institutes has its own fields ofspecialty. Together they constitute a wide spectrum of high-levelresearch in physics and related sciences.


The University of Groningen has a long-standing tradition of high-level physics research, with the highlight of the Nobel Prize awarded to Frits Zernike in 1953.

The Physics Master's degree programme is open to students whoalready have a solid background in physics and are eager to expand their knowledge and experience in an environment of modern physicsresearch. The goal of the Master's degree programme in Physics isto train excellent researchers in the field of materials science,subatomic physics, isotope physics or theoreticalphysics.
The programme offers the following tracks:
* Quantum Universe
* Advanced Materials
* Science, Business and Policy

The first year of your study consists mainly of compulsory andelective courses. This allows much freedom and the possibility toput together a specific program that specializes in state of thearts physics topics.

In the second year of your training you conduct a major researchproject matching the field of your specialisation. This researchproject takes place in one of the research institutes of theUniversity of Groningen that carry out research in physics:
› Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
› Van Swinderen Institute for Particle Physics andGravity
› Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen(ESRIG)
› Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
› KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology

Each of these research institutes has its own fields ofspecialty. Together they constitute a wide spectrum of high-levelresearch in physics and related sciences.

After your studies

Job prospects

The Master's programme in Physics is primarily meant forstudents who want to become researchers. Most graduates willproceed with a PhD research project after their Master's programme,either in Groningen or elsewhere. Nevertheless, many physicists whohave trained as researchers will find jobs that are less explicitlyoriented towards research. This is because training as a researcherin physics also develops general competences that make graduateshighly versatile.

During the Master's degree programme, teamwork, communicationand presentation are important qualities. In many casesconsiderable IT skills are developed. In practice, physicsgraduates can be found in consultancy firms, in process management,in commercial positions, in financial jobs or as teachers.

The Master's programme in Physics is primarily meant forstudents who want to become researchers. Most graduates willproceed with a PhD research project after their Master's programme,either in Groningen or elsewhere. Nevertheless, many physicists whohave trained as researchers will find jobs that are less explicitlyoriented towards research. This is because training as a researcherin physics also develops general competences that make graduateshighly versatile.

During the Master's degree programme, teamwork, communicationand presentation are important qualities. In many casesconsiderable IT skills are developed. In practice, physicsgraduates can be found in consultancy firms, in process management,in commercial positions, in financial jobs or as teachers.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • Consultant
  • Process manager
  • Teacher
  • Financial jobs
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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, November, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

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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.

knowledge minimum

BEFORE YOU 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

Bachelor's degree in Physics or Applied/Engineering 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

In cooperation with major national and international companieswe welcome students with several 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

Bachelor's degree in Physics or Applied Physics. A specialprogramme is available for holders of a Dutch HBO Bachelor's degree. For details, please contact the programme coordinator.

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.

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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