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? 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.
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.
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. Moreover, there are possibilities to focus more on nanophysics, photophysics, quantum physics, biophysics, or mechanics through electives and your master's thesis.
In addition, the internship that is part of the programme provides a good way of experiencing what it is like to work in industry before choosing your first job. 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.