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Applied Physics is a broad Bachelor's programme, after which you can specialize with a Master's degree programme. You can then continue in the academic world or opt for a career in the business world. Many applied physics graduates find work developing new products.


Many applied physics graduates choose a job in industry, contributing to technical innovations and product development. In the SME sector, consultancy and engineering firms are also increasingly looking for applied physicists.

Research and advising

When you have your Master's degree you can carry out PhD research at a university. You could also work for a research institute such as TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) or the NLR (National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands). Other openings include managerial and policy positions in a range of fields, for example in environmental protection or the service sector.

Not quite the same as technology

Applied physicists, like 'ordinary' physicists, are sought after by large organizations such as banks and insurance companies, which value their analytical skills. Management consultancy firms frequently recruit applied physicists too.


Veel studenten kiezen voor een carrière in het bedrijfsleven. Dat kan bijvoorbeeld in de industrie waar je kunt meewerken aan technische vernieuwingen. Ook automatiseringsbedrijven kiezen vaak voor natuurkundigen.

Ook kun je terecht bij het midden- en kleinbedrijf zoals advies- en ingenieursbureaus.

Het bedrijfsleven - in zowel Nederland als het buitenland - houdt van natuurkundigen. Vanwege de grote technische kennis die een afgestudeerde heeft, maar ook vanwege de algemene vaardigheid van de natuurkundige om te analyseren. Deze vaardigheid komt ook van pas in adviesfuncties en functies waarin analyses maken belangrijk is.


Na je studie kun je ook onderzoek gaan doen bij instituten zoals het KNMI of TNO, of kiezen voor een wetenschappelijke carrière als onderzoeker bij de universiteit. En als je de minor educatie of de master Educatie & communicatie hebt gedaan, kun je aan de slag in het onderwijs als docent natuurkunde.

Divers genoeg

Afgestudeerde natuurkundigen van de universiteit werken onder andere bij Akzo Nobel, AMC Amsterdam, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, Dutch Space BV, Corus, ING Bank, KLM, King's College London, KPN, Gasunie, Philips, Shell, Stedelijk Gymnasium 's-Hertogenbosch, TNO, Technische Universiteit Delft, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, University of Melbourne.

Potentiële beroepen

  • Consultant
  • Onderzoeker
  • Technisch innovator
  • Analist
  • Opleidingsvideo

    Sietske Dijkstra, student Applied Physics

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  • Testimonial van

    The programme is very challenging: I still have a long way to go, but I already know I made the right choice.

    Before I applied to the University of Groningen, I knew nothing about Groningen. All I knew was that I wanted to study abroad to improve my English and it was the only top-rated university besides Great Britain that offered the undergraduate programme I wanted in English. I have always been very interested in physics: it's a fascinating field. Of course, you learn about natural phenomena, but combining it with modern technologies really makes it worthwhile.

    That's why I decided to take up Applied Physics. The programme is very challenging: I still have a long way to go, but I already know I made the right choice.

    The lecturers here are very open, and always take the time to answer questions. They all speak English and although the material is tough, I feel like I'm learning a lot. This subject is so broad and varied. Fortunately, the university also helped me with the application process, making it much more straightforward. They even put me in touch with a mentor student from my faculty in case I needed any help or advice.

    Getting started wasn't easy. I left my home, my country Portugal, and my family to live on my own. I had to do things by myself that I used to do with my friends and family. Fortunately, Groningen is a very safe, comfortable city full of life and I quickly found my way around - although I still don't like cycling in the rain. It is an easy-going, relaxed place to live, with plenty of excitement and activities when you want to have some time off. National holidays like Sinterklaas and King's Day are good fun, and Dutch students are always up for introducing you to these traditions.

    Groningen has a great variety of clubs and organisations you can join to meet people – there really is something for everyone. I felt at home with the other Spanish exchange students and discovered how many young people with different nationalities were in that same situation I was in. This really helped me improve my English, and also offered me a new, in-depth perspective on the world around me.

    Studying abroad is not easy. It has its ups and downs, and there will be moments when you miss everything you were used to at home. But that is also the point of an experience like this. It makes you stronger and wiser when you overcome all the difficulties and problems that might not have happened to you in your 'natural habitat'. It is, without doubt, one of the best ways to grow as a human being.

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