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Applied Physics

The Master's degree programme in Applied Physics offers an excellent combination of fundamental research on the one hand, and an open eye to possible industrial applications on the other.

The university accommodates excellent teaching and research facilities. Teaching and research are closely related. The research programme of Applied Physics at the University of Groningen is embedded in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, which belongs to the Times Higher Education top 15 of best materials research institutes in the world.

The international environment of the programme, and especially within the research groups, is 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 experience to obtain a Master's degree in a modern applied physics research environment. The programme focuses on materials engineering and device physics.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Applied Physics
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60436
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Our Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials is ranked high in the THES world's top 15
  • Specializes in advanced materials at the renowned Zernike Institute
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike
  • Gives acces to the additional, highly selective, High Tech Systems and Materials Honours Master
Programme

Curriculum

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=3377

Programme options
General Programme (profile)

The Applied Physics Master's degree programme consists of a programme of 120 ECTS, in which you follow a number of compulsory and elective courses.

These will be followed by an industrial internship and a large, final Master's research project. The compulsory courses of the programme (35 ECTS) consist of advanced physics courses, dealing with state-of-the-art topics in academic and industrial research. The electives (20 ECTS), 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.

The electives consist of one course (5 ECTS) that you choose from a list of Business and Management courses, in addition to three courses (15 ECTS) chosen from a list of applied physics, theoretical physics, advanced physics, advanced mathematics and chemistry/chemical engineering courses. Through your electives, you can specialize in the specific field in which you would like to do your Master's research project or take a broader perspective and choose courses in the fields that you are simply interested in. 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 (ZIAM). 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) 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. The industrial internship highlights the practical approach of the Applied Physics programme.

HTSM Honours Master (honours program)

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.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

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.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

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: https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

SCHOLARSHIPS

In cooperation with ASML our Applied Physics degree accept students with an ASML scholarship. ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, who additionally will get the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within their scholarship period. https://www.asml.com/careers/for-students/asml-scholarship/en/s32512?rid=3002

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board 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.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Engineering PhysicsAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

A special programme is available for holders of a Dutch HBO Bachelor's degree. For details, please contact the programme coordinator.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Applied PhysicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
AstronomyAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

Indicatie van schakelprogramma:

  • Structure of Matter 2
  • Physics Laboratory 3
  • Electronics and Signal Processing
  • Device Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physics of Fluids

Neem contact op met de studie-adviseur voor meer informatie.

PhysicsAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 15 EC

More information:

Indicatie van het schakelprogramma:

  • Device Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physics of Fluids

Neem contact op met de studie-adviseur voor meer informatie.

Physics and AstronomyAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 15 EC

More information:

Indicatie van het schakelprogramma:

  • Device Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physics of Fluids

Neem contact op met de studie-adviseur voor meer informatie.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Physics and Astronomy (joint degree)University of Amsterdam

Deficiency program with a maximum of 15 EC

More information:

Indicatie van het schakelprogramma:

  • Device Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physics of Fluids

Neem contact op met de studie-adviseur voor meer informatie.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Physics and Astronomy (joint degree)VU University Amsterdam

Deficiency program with a maximum of 15 EC

More information:

Indicatie van het schakelprogramma:

  • Device Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physics of Fluids

Neem contact op met de studie-adviseur voor meer informatie.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the Board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/msc/ for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/msc/language-requirements for all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

At least a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

SCHOLARSHIPS

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, who get the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within their scholarship period. More information can be found here: https://www.asml.com/careers/for-students/asml-scholarship/en/s32512?rid=30027

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

The Master's degree programme in Applied Physics is primarily meant for students who want to become researchers and developers in an industrial environment. However, many graduates continue on to a PhD project after obtaining their Master's degree, 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.

Job examples

  • PhD Research Project
  • R&D in an industrial or entrepreneurial environment
Research

Get involved in Top Research at the Zernike Institute - Ranked high in the THES World's top 15

Applied physics research at the University of Groningen is embedded in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials and focuses on materials engineering and device physics. There are six main research groups in these fields.

Materials Science

The principal aim of the research programme of the Materials Science group is to search for the relation between the microstructure of materials and its physical properties. The programme concentrates on experimental and theoretical work of the characterization of line defects (dislocations and disclinations) and homo-/heterophase interfaces so as to draw conclusions about the correlation between atomic structure, electronic charge transfer, and physical properties, both structural and functional.

Micromechanics

The mission of this research group is to develop new models and computational tools for the micromechanics of (bio)materials, and to employ these to develop relationships between the internal structure of a material and its mechanical properties. We study (bio)materials and biological processes at a range of length scales, placing special emphasis on multiscale modelling and scale transitions. We cover a wide variety of biological and engineering systems, considering and exploiting the similarities and differences in their behavior.

Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces

The aim of this research group is on investigating the relation between the nanostructure and functional properties of materials. Our research focus is on material structures, surfaces/interfaces, and surface interactions at the nanoscale, including phase change materials, nanoclusters/nanoparticles, nanoresonators, surface forces, friction, and adhesion. Experimental facilities include scanning probe, scanning electron, and transmission electron microscopy. Applications of our research are connected with hydrogen storage, novel NEMS devices and phase change memories.

Photophysics and Opto-electronics

Our group aims to develop novel materials for solar cell and microelectronics applications. The materials we work on have in common that they are solution processable. This property holds the promise of cheap production methods with a low energy demand. Our research focusses on the properties of organic semiconductors and organic/organic interfaces and their application in optoelectronic devices, the physical and optoelectronic properties of carbon nanotubes and hybrid systems, and fabrication of hybrid optoelectronic devices composed by inorganic nanocrystals and organic molecules.

Physics of Nanodevices

We explore new physical phenomena that occur in electronic and opto-electronic device structures with nanoscale dimensions. The dynamics of such devices is often quantum mechanical in nature, but much richer than the dynamics of isolated atoms due to interactions with the solid-state environment. Our research investigates this quantum dynamics, and aims to apply it for new device functionalities.

Device Physics of Complex Materials

Device physics contributes to our present knowledge of emergent behaviour of complex materials and probes its properties by making use of modern experimental tools and techniques based on nanotechnology. Emergent behaviour is prevalent in many complex materials and originates from competing interactions of electronic, magnetic and structural origin.

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    Email: sciencemasters@rug.nl
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