Deze opleiding

Applying the laws of physics in real-life situations, ranging from measuring brain activity to designing new materials and investigating space objects.


typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
Would you rather specialise in pure physics or discover the interface between physics and astronomy, mathematics, chemistry or biology? The choice is yours. At Radboud University, you can choose from six specialisations and within each specialisation you'll have plenty of room to customise your programme. We guarantee the highest quality for all specialisation programmes, resulting in number one rates by the Dutch 'Keuzegids Masters' for four years running.

In your internship(s), you can dive into theoretical physics or perform your own experiments: discover new material properties in Europe's highest magnetic fields or with unique free electron lasers, study space objects with the telescopes on top of the Huygens Building or unravel brain activity with MRIs. It's all possible on the Radboud campus. That's why many international physicists come here to perform their experiments. Take Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who revealed the amazing properties of graphene in our High Field Magnet Laboratory. In 2010, they received the Nobel Prize in Physics for those discoveries.

Waarom aan de Radboud Universiteit?

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2016 : 1e plaats
This Master's programme was recently awarded the quality label 'Top Programme' and is rated best in their field in the Keuzegids Masters 2018 (Guide to Master's programmes).
  • 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.
  • We have a multidisciplinary approach: you not only can specialise in Physics, but also in astrophysics, biophysics, mathematical physics, chemical physics or materials science.
  • 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 , FELIX laser 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.
  • On average, our graduates find a job within 2 months after graduating. A majority of these jobs are PhD positions at universities in the Netherlands and abroad.


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specialisatie Particle and Astrophysics

This Master's specialisation offers a physics programme that covers the inner workings of the universe from the smallest to the largest scale.

Although Particle Physics and Astrophysics act on a completely different scale, they both use the laws of physics to study the universe. In this Master's specialisation you'll dive into these extreme worlds and unravel questions like: What did our universe look like in the earliest stages of its existence? What are the most elementary particles that the universe consists of? And how will it evolve?

If you are fascinated by the extreme densities, gravities, and magnetic fields that can be found only in space, or by the formation, evolution, and composition of astrophysical objects, you can focus on the Astrophysics branch within this specialisation. Would you rather study particle interactions and take part in the search for new particles – for example during an internship at CERN - then you can choose a programme full of High Energy Physics. And for students with a major interest in the theories and predictions underlying all experimental work, we offer an extensive programme in mathematical or theoretical physics.

specialisatie Physics of Molecules and Materials

This Master's specialisation aims to reveal the 'terra incognita' between quantum mechanics and the classical world and inspiring new technologies.

As a scientist, you're a problem solver. But how do you tackle a problem when there are no adequate theories and calculations become far too complicated? In the specialisation in Physics of Molecules and Materials you'll be trained to take up this challenge in a field of physics that is still largely undiscovered: the interface between quantum and classical physics.

We focus on systems from two atoms to complete nanostructures, with time scales in the order of femtoseconds, picoseconds or nanoseconds. One of our challenges is to understand the origin of phenomena like superconductivity and magnetism. As theory and experiment reinforce each other, you'll learn about both 'research languages'. In this way, you'll be able to understand complex problems by dividing them into manageable parts.

specialisatie Science and Education

Passie voor je vak, kennis delen, presenteren, leiding geven en interesse voor didactiek. Bij die drijfveren sluit de masterspecialisatie Science and Education perfect aan. In deze tweejarige masterspecialisatie behaal je én je Master of Science-titel én je eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid, zodat je docent Wiskunde, Biologie, Natuurkunde of Scheikunde kunt worden – afhankelijk van jouw studierichting. Na afronding kun je lesgeven in de onder- en bovenbouw van het vmbo, de havo, het vwo en in het volwassenenonderwijs.

De masterspecialisatie Science and Education is een samenwerking tussen de Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica en de Radboud Docenten Academie. In het eerste jaar van je master volg je inhoudelijke curussen van je master en doe je een onderzoeksstage. Het tweede jaar is helemaal gericht op (leren) lesgeven. Je brengt de helft van de tijd door op een stageplaats, voor de klas, en de andere helft op de universiteit. Je koppelt praktijkervaringen aan de theorie en vice versa. Overigens kun je ook ná het volgen van een bèta-master, altijd nog de eenjarige post-master tot docent doen.

specialisatie Science in Society

Equipping you with the tools and skills to become a professional intermediary between science and society whilst getting a broader societal perspective that will be useful in a scientific career.

Science and technology clearly have a profound influence on society, but the reverse is also true: society significantly shapes the ways in which science and technology evolve. Economic interests, public opinion and policy shifts are decisive for the shaping of science and technology. However, experience has shown that scientists on the one hand and the general public, government and businesses on the other aren't always able to clearly understand one another. That is why experts with a background in science and an understanding of social processes are indispensable.

This specialisation will therefore teach you how to build a bridge between scientific expertise and societal practices. You'll become a biologist, chemist, mathematician, etc. that reflects on the implications of scientific results and advises on how to turn this knowledge into practical use for policymaking or communication purposes. This reflection will not just be scientific; you'll also learn how to detect the philosophical, political and ethical side of issues. You'll make scientists familiar with social perceptions as much as you'll be advising governments and businesses or informing the general public.

specialisatie Science, Management and Innovation

Both the public sector and businesses struggle with the question of how to address sustainability, health, energy and IT security issues. Many of the challenges that society faces are rooted in the natural or computer sciences but have strong links to other disciplines. Solutions require scientists with an additional understanding of the societal aspects of these problems, and the ability to speak the language of and work with all possible stakeholders like scientists, civil servants and politicians.

The Master's specialisation in Science, Management and Innovation will therefore take you out of the lab and place you right in the heart of society. After the first year in which you broaden your knowledge in your scientific field, you'll learn the skills you can use to make a direct contribution to society. This contribution can range from the creation of policies that tackle social issues to project development or market research.

The combination of expertise – science, policy and business – is highly sought after and will prepare you for a dynamic career in business, a job in the public sector or in the a social (research) organisation.

specialisatie Neurophysics

Neurophysics is a flexible and interdisciplinary programme, which challenges you to unravel the workings of the human brain.

The brain contains many ingenious networks of billions of interconnected neurons. Can you imagine that, together, they have an information processing capacity and flexibility that far exceeds modern supercomputers, or any artificial intelligent system? In this specialisation, we aim at unravelling the neuro-computational mechanisms of this fascinating, complex system and use this knowledge for relevant applications, such as robotics and neuro-technology. In an interdisciplinary setting, we study the organisation and function of the brain through experimental approaches, advanced theory and computational models.

The programme can be readily adapted to your individual academic background – whether that is in the field of Mathematics, Physics or Computing Science. Apart from fundamental knowledge of the brain, the Neurophysics specialisation also provides you with a general background in the principles of complex systems, and of intelligent behaviour of living and artificial systems.


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The programme depends on the specialisation you choose to follow.
studeren in het buitenland
You can choose to perform your elective courses or internship(s) abroad. There are for example close contacts with the Max Planck Institute in Germany. For other possibilities, you can always contact a lecturer or the student advisor.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 september 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 september 2020
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Students with a Dutch university Bachelor's degree: before 1 September (for the September intake).
In most cases, if you require an admission statement, please request this from the Admission Office no later than 1 July (for the September intake).

Dutch students can apply via

After admittance to the Master's programme in Physics and Astronomy, you can enrol for the specialisation of your choice.

In order to get admission to this Master's programme you'll need a completed Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields of science: Physics and Astronomy, Physics, Applied Physics. The Admission Office will consider whether or not students have met the requirements that apply for admission to the Master's programme of their choice.

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

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315kamerhuur in Nijmegenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1183totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


105 studenten volgen deze opleiding
18% daarvan is vrouw
5 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
40% daarvan is vrouw
20442 studenten aan de Radboud Universiteit
57% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Nijmegen

41385studenten studerend
18288studenten woonachtig   
€ 315gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Physics and Astronomy aan de Radboud Universiteit is beoordeeld door 30 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

All specialisations of this Master's programme are an excellent preparation for a career in research, either at a university, at an institute or at a company. However, many of our students end up in other business or government positions as well. Whatever job you aspire, you can certainly make use of the fact that you have learned to:
Think in an abstract way
Solve complex problems
Make accurate approximations
Combine theory and experiments
If you would like to have a career in science, it's possible to apply for a PhD position at Radboud University. Of course, you can also apply at any other university anywhere in the world.

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Admission Office

For general questions and questions on the admission procedure for international students

T: +31 24 362 34 56
Vincent van Eijden

Student advisor; for programme-related questions

T: +31 24 365 22 00
Meer informatie?
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