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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 four specialisations:

Particle Physics

An introduction to the smallest constituents of materials. It deals with 'fundamental' questions such as Where is anti-matter in the Universe?

Physics of 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?

Physics of 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.

Nanophysics

Nanophysics is the study of materials on nano scales (one billionth of a metre). Some materials are known to have very special properties on these small scales.

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 four specialisations:

Particle Physics

An introduction to the smallest constituents of materials. It deals with 'fundamental' questions such as Where is anti-matter in the Universe?

Physics of 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?

Physics of 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.

Nanophysics

Nanophysics is the study of materials on nano scales (one billionth of a metre). Some materials are known to have very special properties on these small scales.

More about this programme
  • Programme movie

    A new generation of solar cells in the offing?

    – Programme movie
  • Testimonial of Machteld Kamminga

    I like the idea of working on an unsolved problem

    '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

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    – Machteld Kamminga
  • Testimonial of Hedde van Hoorn

    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.

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    – Hedde van Hoorn
  • Testimonial of Ceri Richards

    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!”

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    – Ceri Richards
  • Testimonial of Martine Schut

    Martine Schut, student Physics

    – Martine Schut
Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Physics
Croho code
50206
Course type
Bachelor
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Science and Engineering
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