Applied Physics

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Do you want to contribute to the development of computer devices that operate like a human brain? Design semi-conductor materials for the high-efficiency solar cells of the future? Or create an anti-icing coating for drones and airplanes? Or fabricate materials that transform waste heat into electricity?

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

Understand why ceramic micro-/nanostructures do not break easily? Make graphene nano-devices for next-generation high-speed electronics?

This Master's programme is the right one for you if you want to focus on materials engineering and device physics. It offers an excellent combination of fundamental research on the one hand, and looking out for possible industrial applications on the other. Teaching and research are embedded in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, which belongs to the best materials research institutes in the world. The international environment of the programme, especially within the research groups, is both inspiring and challenging.

The Master's degree programme in Applied Physics is open to students who already have a solid background in physics or applied physics, and who are eager to expand their knowledge and skills to obtain a Master's degree in a modern applied physics research environment.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials is ranked in the world's top 15 materials research institutes by the Times Higher Education
  • Gives access to the highly selective HTMS Honours Master
  • Upon successful completion of this Master's degree programme, you will obtain a diploma as Master of Science (MSc.) in Applied Physics (international title). In the Netherlands, you will also be entitled to use the ir. (ingenieur) title
  • Specialises in advanced materials at the renowned Zernike Institute, named after our Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike
  • Nearly all of our graduates find relevant high-level jobs within 3 months after graduating.


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profiel General Programme

The Applied Physics Master's degree programme (totalling 120 ECTS) consists of compulsory and elective courses, followed by an industrial internship and a large, final Master's research project.

The compulsory part of the programme (35 ECTS) comprises advanced physics courses, dealing with state-of-the-art topics in academic and industrial research. The electives (20 ECTS) include one course (5 ECTS) that you choose from a list of Business and Management courses, and three courses (15 ECTS) chosen from a list of courses in applied or theoretical physics, mechanical/electronic engineering, advanced mathematics and chemistry/chemical engineering. The electives, together with the industrial internship (20 ECTS) and the final Master's research project (45 ECTS) offer you the unique opportunity to create a tailor-made programme, based on your own specific interests within Applied Physics.

Through your electives, you can specialize in the specific field in which you want to conduct your Master's research project or take a broader perspective and simply choose courses in the fields that you are interested in. For example, if you want to develop new types of solar cells in your Master's research project, you might choose 'Ultrafast Time-Resolved Spectroscopy' as elective course; if instead you wish to study novel materials for next generation hard disks, you might decide to follow 'Surfaces and Interfaces'. If you want to do your internship within a company that develops soft robots, your choice of electives might include 'Polymer Physics' and 'Mechatronics', while for an internship in a firm producing high-speed single photon counting systems, you might select 'Statistical Methods in Physics'.

Your Master's research project is your own individual project, supervised by one of our high-quality research staff, working at one of the Netherland's most-renowned research institutes, the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ranked in the top 15 of the best materials institutes in the world). Here you can choose from research topics that range from organic solar cells, device nanophysics to materials for data storage, nano- and microelectromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), functional coatings and laboratories on a chip.

The Industrial internship is carried out at a research laboratory in industry, within a company or institute in the Netherlands or possibly abroad. Recent hosts include companies like Philips, Photonis, Shell, Thales, research institutes like TNO, the Netherlands Aerospace Centre, Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany or the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado and NGOs like Engineers without borders. The industrial internship highlights the practical approach of the Applied Physics programme through the development of a product or a process, while you operate within a professional team.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
study abroad
Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.
Internship: This programme offers you the opportunity to carry out an internship at a company in the Netherlands or abroad. Our choice of industry partners ranges from large multinationals (such as Shell, Philips, Unilever) to dynamic small-medium enterprises in the Groningen area. The internship has a typical duration of 3 to 4 months and counts towards your final degree.

honours-/excellence program HTSM Honours Master

For students who are interested in an extra challenge that goes beyond the Applied Physics curriculum, we offer a special honours programme: the High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) Honours Master.

This selective programme offers a challenging curriculum that you carry out on top of your Applied Physics degree programme. The HTSM Honours Master is organized in cooperation with Philips and other major industrial partners and its interdisciplinary programme teaches you various aspects of leadership, team work and industrial research/design.

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2023

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2022
wettelijk tarief : € 2314 (€1157 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 17000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20700

1 februari 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
wettelijk tarief : € 2314 (€1157 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 17000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20700

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend

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

A universitary Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics, or Physics or Astronomy (to be decided by the admissions board).

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on:

A special pre-master programme is available for holders of a relevant Dutch HBO Bachelor's degree. In case you have a Dutch bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics which is not obtained at the University of Groningen, or a relevant Dutch HBO bachelor's degree, please contact the academic advisor.

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

studie kosten
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bedrag kostenpost
€ 9500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 75inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar
€ 920studiematerialenper jaar
€ 750visa/permitvoor de gehele opleiding

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale 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


47 studenten volgen deze opleiding
6% daarvan is vrouw
1 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
0% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


T.F.V. Professor Francken
T.F.V. 'Professor Francken' is the study association for students of Applied Physics at the University of Groningen.
The association is named after Groningen's first ever professor of applied physics, and focuses on students and staff from the applied physics departments.
The association has more than 700 members and organizes annual events including a symposium, excursions in the Netherlands and a foreign trip, as well as more informal activities, such as regular drinks parties.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Larissa van de Ven
Larissa van de Ven – Student in MSc Applied Physics

While learning about physical principles describing the natural world around us during my BSc Physics, I became increasingly curious about how recent technological innovations are rooted in these physical principles. Therefore, I chose to do the MSc Applied Physics. The programme offers up-to-date knowledge on recent research topics and hands-on experience, which allows you to gain practical skills and to learn to work in teams...
I did an internship abroad in Berlin, at a start-up company that develops lithium-sulfur batteries and mainly worked on the characteristics of the cathode. Through previous practical experience within my master thesis on solar cell development, I attained already a lot of general research skills and material fabrication and characterization skills, which helped me through my internship.The aim to move to renewable energies, to store energy, and to develop energy storage and generation in an environmentally friendly and ethical way are big societal challenges. My master thesis and internship thus showed me how I contribute to society, which is an important aspect for me. Lastly, I have seen how research groups work in an interdisciplinary way (physicists, electrical/mechanical engineers, chemists, mathematicians, AI scientists) to get innovations solving these challenges from the ground. This has been very motivating.

lees verder ...
Björn Kriete
Studying Applied Physics at the University of Groningen

Carolien Feenstra


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Applied Physics
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Applied Physics
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€ 280 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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5/6 TU Eindhoven
Applied Physics
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6/6 Universiteit Twente
Applied Physics
€ 250 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Applied Physics aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 13 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Nearly all of our graduates find relevant high-level jobs within three months after graduating. The majority of alumni of recent cohorts continued their careers as R&D engineers in an industrial or entrepreneurial environment with job qualifications like product & process development engineer at Johnson & Johnson, design engineer at ASML, project leader at Philips, R&D scientist at Photonis, data scientist at Shell, metrology engineer at FMI Industries, just to name a few.

About 30% of the alumni went on to do a PhD Research Projects in the Netherlands (University of Groningen, TU Eindhoven, Erasmus Medical Center) and abroad (KU Leuven, University of Cambridge, Victoria University in Wellington).

Others became a high school teacher, consultant at Liandon, analyst at NPM Capital, or opened their own startup company.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Master's degree programme in Applied Physics is primarily meant for students who want to become researchers and developers in an industrial environment. Most of our graduates find immediate employment in industry, sometimes in the same company where they have done their Industrial Internship.

The alumni in industry often work as engineers or R&D scientists (ASML, Philips, Lambert Instruments, Thales, etc.) but also in the ICT sector of very different companies, including ABNAMRO, KPN, Deloitte, and others go into consulting (Ecofys, Witteveen & Bos). Next to industry our graduates also often continue on to a PhD project after obtaining their Master's degree, to specialize further in a specific research topic, either in Groningen or elsewhere.

During the Master's degree, teamwork, communication and presentation are important qualities to be developed. In many cases considerable IT skills are developed as well. These general competences, together with the analytical skills typical of researchers, for example problem-solving abilities, guarantee that graduates are widely employable. Most applied physicists find jobs in an entrepreneurial environment where a strong background in physics is necessary.

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