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 and explain natural phenomena. The Bachelor's programme in Physics lasts three years. During your 1st year, you will study basic subjects such as linear algebra and relativity. You will also take practical courses. After this year, you can choose between three specialisations:
General Physics There are two fields of interest: Nanophysics studies materials on the nanometre scale. Particle physics deals with the smallest building blocks of matter. You will be introduced to fundamental questions concerning antimatter, but you will also look into the applications for nuclear energy and medicine.
Energy and Environment What is the physics behind the various processes used in the present and (possible) future forms of energy? How can we assure sufficient energy availability for future generations?
Life and Health How does a CT scan works and what are the effects of radiation? Life and Health deals with medical research and addresses biophysics as well as technique.
Natuurkunde is voor nieuwsgierige mensen. Hoe werkt de natuur en wat kunnen we met kennis over die natuur? Deze zoektocht leidt tot harde theorie, experimenteel onderzoek en praktische toepassingen.
Natuurkunde (Physics) gaat om harde cijfers, precisie en zuivere metingen. Daarmee maak je modellen en kun je verschijnselen verklaren. In een laboratorium, maar ook achter je bureau op de computer en in het bedrijfsleven.
In het eerste jaar maak je kennis met de drie richtingen van de opleiding, waarvan je er een kiest:
General Physics met deelrichtingen Particle Physics en Nanophysics
Energy & Environment
Life & Health
Na de studie heb je prima carrièrekansen Zonder overdrijven kunnen we stellen dat je na je master de banen voor het uitkiezen hebt. Je kunt aan de slag als onderzoeker bij een bedrijf of instituut, of bijvoorbeeld als consultant, omdat je juist de vaardigheid hebt om ingewikkelde (organisatie)vraagstukken op te lossen.
Internationale bachelor Natuurkunde stopt niet bij onze landsgrenzen. Je werkveld later is internationaal georiënteerd. In het buitenland ontdekken ze ook nieuwe materialen en toepassingen en dat wil jij volgen. Daarom bieden wij deze opleiding Physics als internationale, Engelstalige bachelor aan. Je studiegenoten en docenten komen uit zowel binnen- als buitenland.
'I had to write a research proposal as part of a Master's in Nanoscience. I submitted the proposal to NWO and they gave me a grant for my research!
I work at the interface of Physics and Chemistry, studying perovskite materials which are used in solar cells. We are not sure exactly how they work, which is why we are studying their structural properties. I’m regularly at my desk reading or drawing graphs, but I also use several laboratories on a daily basis to do chemistry experiments, X-ray diffraction or to measure the electrical properties of the material. I also give tutorials and I’m supervising a Master’s student. I like it here; I like the idea of working on an unsolved problem. And we have a close-knit research team; we have lunch together every day.’
Machteld Kamminga - PhD student at Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
Skills and common sense
Hedde studied Applied Physics and works for Thaesis, a consultancy in Utrecht. As a strategic advisor, he operates at the interface of the consultancy's various activities. He advises on everything from company transformation processes to mergers and acquisitions. Although this apparently has little to do with physics, he benefits from the analytical skills he learned, as well as a good dose of common sense.
Hedde van Hoorn
I think I'm getting a far better education than I would at home
“I would definitely recommend future students from the UK to study abroad! Moving to Groningen was a big step; however, the university and people were very welcoming. When I arrived there was a – very humourful – welcoming ceremony for international students, which helped to introduce me to the university, the city and life in the Netherlands.
The application process is different to that of England, so that was a bit difficult. Finding an accommodation, on the other hand, was no problem at all. The university recommended me to look early and make use of the Housing Office, which turned out to be really helpful. The university itself is fantastic! My Physics course is difficult but engaging and the lecturers generally speak very good English. I think I'm getting a far better education than I would at home, as the teaching standard here is excellent. The mix of cultures and educational backgrounds is interesting and rarely acts as a barrier. It offers me the chance to see a new culture and all its quirks, something the Dutch culture does not lack!”