Education programs

Here you can find the different universities and all their education tracks that are present at this Masterday.

University of Groningen

Applied Physics

Understand why ceramic micro-/nanostructures do not break easily? Make
graphene nano-devices for next-generation high-speed electronics?

The Master’s degree programme in Applied Physics focuses on materials
engineering and device physics. It offers an excellent combination of
fundamental research on the one hand, and an open eye to 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, 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 skills to obtain a Master’s degree in a
modern applied physics research environment.


The University of Groningen has a long-standing tradition of high-level
physics research, with the highlight of the Nobel Prize awarded to Frits
Zernike in 1953.

The Physics Master’s degree programme is open to students who already
have a solid background in physics and are eager to expand their knowledge and
experience in an environment of modern physics research. The goal of the
Master’s degree programme in Physics is to train excellent researchers in the
field of materials science, subatomic physics, isotope physics or theoretical

The programme offers the following tracks:

* Quantum Universe

* Advanced Materials

* Science, Business and Policy


The Nanoscience programme in Groningen works with small groups of
students, training them to perform cutting edge research in this highly
challenging field. The application of nanoscience to solve problems in today’s
society require the fundamental understanding of the interplay between
physical, chemical, and sometimes biological processes. Questions that can be
addressed in the field of nanoscience include: Can we build 100x cheaper solar
cells? Can we make a computer working similarly to the brain? Can we control
quantum properties on the nanoscale for useful applications? Can we make
computers using spin instead of electrons?

Talented and Motivated Students

The selective Top Master Programme in Nanoscience has been reviewed as
excellent three times in a row (Dutch Ministry of Education) and is embedded in
a top research institute. It aims to train the cutting edge scientists of the
future. It offers a challenging programme for very talented and motivated
students. It is strongly intertwined with research at the Zernike Institute for
Advanced Materials: the courses are taught by top international scientists and
a large part of the programme consists of conducting high-level scientific
research yourself. Scholarships are available.


Students are trained by astronomers from the world-renowned Kapteyn
Astronomical Institute, a centre leading in astronomical research on galaxy
formation and evolution, cosmology, star and planet formation, neutron stars
and black holes.

The two-year curriculum of the Master’s degree can be tailored according
to your own interests and capabilities. The wide range of options include the
possibility to focus on observational astronomy, theoretical astronomy,
astronomical instrumentation and informatics, data science or astronomy teaching.

Dutch Astronomy graduates in general, and Kapteyn graduates in
particular, have excellent career prospects, within and outside of science. The
Master’s programme in Groningen is ranked as a top-degree in the Netherlands
(by the ‘Keuzegids’). Facilities are being ranked as outstanding, while the
quality of the lecturers, the research component as well as the preparation for
the professional field through e.g. internships are ranked as very good.

To enable students to gain additional experience in business and
economics as well as to follow a company internship, the special Master’s
profile ‘Business and Policy’ has been designed.

Industrial Engineering and Management
How can you design an
electronic toll collection system? How can a production plant minimize
production costs without compromising on quality and safety? How can you design
a complex consumer product?

These are typical questions that a graduate of
the Master’s programme Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) can address.
In a progressively technological society, IEM engineers will increasingly
become leaders of technological innovation and design.

A Student of the Master’s degree programme Industrial Engineering and
Management (IEM) learns how to deal with practical problems in businesses. A
focus lies on how to find solutions to problems while taking on a technical and
scientific design perspective. The general aim of the IEM Master’s programme is
to train engineers to acquire a thorough overview of all primary and secondary
business processes, especially with respect to the design of a technological
product or process.

More than its nearest competitors, the IEM Master’s degree programme of the
University of Groningen focuses on technology. Over two-thirds of the
curriculum is dedicated to engineering and technology. Additionally there are
courses that focus on management and business. You can choose between two

  • PTL: Production Technology and Logistics
  • PPT: Product and Process Technology

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering in Groningen has a long-running tradition of top
research. We offer student a Master’s degree programme that perfectly fits the
needs of a flourishing local industry, as well as preparing you for an
international career in industry.

The MSc
Mechanical Engineering (‘Werktuigbouwkunde’ in Dutch) is organized with the
goal of shaping new leaders in the engineering field. In the North of the
Netherlands and, in particular, at the University of Groningen, cutting-edge
research in mechanical engineering has been performed across various institutes
for many years.

Our Master’s degree programme in Mechanical Engineering makes the connection
between a collaboration of highly ranked research institutes, and the demands
of modern local and global industry, offering students a unique combination of
engineering science and its applications to real-life problems.

The programme offers two different tracks:

  • Advanced Instrumentation is
    organized in cooperation with ENTEGKVI-CART and SRON, research institutes specialized in instrumentation for many decades.
    Students may choose to focus on either radiation or space instrumentation.

  • Smart Factories was developed with the
    input of companies from the Innovation Cluster Drachten and the Region of Smart Factories organization. This track is mostly based on control engineering
    and includes robotics and autonomous systems.

Energy and Environmental Sciences

What are the causes of the various large scale
global environmental issues like climate change? Can we identify options to
solve these issues? Are options different in different countries?

The global challenges with respect to
environment and sustainability are huge and can only be addressed in an
interdisciplinary approach. Since it is impossible to address all these issues
equally in a Master degree program, specialization is essential. The Energy and
Environmental Sciences (EES) programme specializes in energy and is treating it
from a natural science perspective. However, it trains the students that the
natural sciences/technical approach to and solution of problems is only a part
of the story and collaboration with other scientific disciplines is vital.

As the programme has a strong focus on the
natural sciences; a bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences is an
entry requirement. The exact background, however, can be very different, both
in discipline (e.g. Marine Biology, Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Astronomy,
etc.) and nationality and culture. This educational and cultural mixture
provides a very interesting and challenging learning environment, in which you
can benefit and learn from each other’s knowledge and background and get used
to working in interdisciplinary/intercultural groups.

Science Education and Communication

How does the world of science connect with the
worlds of education and society? How do teachers bridge science and education?
How is science and its processes communicated in the media? What is the role of
informal institutions in shaping the public’s understanding of science?

We aim to bridge the gap between those who know science,
those who teach science, and those who communicate science. The
programme builds upon an international network of existing institutional links,
teaching and research experience, and a well-established Master’s degree
program offered in Dutch. The international programme will provide you with a
solid foundation in the science, theory, and practice of innovative teaching
and effective communication in science and mathematics.

The programme is a flexible, two-year program,
with two tracks you can choose from: Education and Communication. Both tracks
are based on a highly interactive and interdisciplinary global curriculum that
integrates theory, research, and practice through a series of contemporary
courses and internships.

You will gain deep scientific understandings and
develop research, teaching, and communication skills needed to assume a range
of roles and succeed in diverse formal and informal workplaces:

  • Schools
  • Science Museums and Centers
  • Media
  • Community Organizations
  • Research and Academia

University of Utrecht

Utrecht University offers three two-year Physics Master’s
programmes. All programmes are in English.

  • Experimental Physics

Physics offers advanced training in the design and use of advanced
instrumentation and computer simulations to study and verify fundamental
theories of physics. Research for experimental physics is performed at the
Nanophotonics, Soft Condensed Matter & Biophysics and Subatomic Physics
laboratories in Utrecht, and at the famous CERN laboratory in Geneva.

  • Theoretical Physics

Physics is the gateway to gain conceptual knowledge and mathematical skills to
understand and describe the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the
unimaginably small scales of elementary particles, microscopic and macroscopic
phenomena in quantum and soft matter to the vast dimensions of our universe.

  • Climate Physics

Physics offers courses on all aspects of the physics and chemistry of
Earth’s climate. You study topics such as the fluid mechanics of the atmosphere
and ocean, transfer of radiation and chemical reactions in the atmosphere, the
role of ice in shaping Earth’s climate and non-linear interactions between the
sub-systems of Earth’s climate.

Soft skills

In all three master programmes students learn to present and discuss
their work both orally and in writing, and to take a critical attitude towards
the existing literature. The Master’s programmes are an excellent preparation
for a career in (applied) research.

Why choose Utrecht?

The largest Science Faculty in the Netherlands. A lively
and international student community. Learn from world renowned scientists
like Nobel Laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft.

More information:

TU Delft

MSc Applied Physics: applied knowledge to meet society’s needs

Applied physics is about translating a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of physics into concrete results to benefit society. The programme is designed to educate students to be able to stay at the forefront of fundamental understanding and to develop practical applications. Within the programme, you will choose one of the following five tracks:

  • Physics
    for Energy
    : Address the challenge of sustainable energy
    production and storage using state-of-the-art physics.
  • Physics
    for Fluids Engineering
    : Design and analyse fluid
    engineering processes and flow & transport phenomena over a wide range
    of time and length scales, ranging from blood flow to industrial plants
    and climate models.
  • Physics
    for Health and Life
    : Cutting-edge physics for medical
    diagnosis and treatment, and for understanding processes that take place
    within the smallest units of life systems.
  • Physics
    for Instrumentation
    : Help design the most advanced
    machines and detectors for applications ranging from research in cosmology
    and particle physics, to medical therapy and chip fabrication.
  • Physics
    for Quantum Devices and Quantum Computing
    : Explore the
    fundamentals of quantum phenomena and apply them to develop building
    blocks for nanostructured devices that have unprecedented functionality.

TU Twente

Applied Physics

In the Master’s programme in Applied Physics at the University of Twente, we aim to achieve the ideal balance between ‘hardcore’ physics and engineering. Our Physics Department is one of the best in the world and the UT has many world-class researchers who will also be your lecturers. Our research is spread out over six clusters: Physics of Fluids, Nanoelectronic Materials, Applied Nanophotonics, Soft Matter, and Energy Materials and Systems, Imaging and Diagnostics. The themes covered within the programme are in perfect alignment with these five research clusters.

This programme will expand your knowledge of physics as a whole, while
giving you the opportunity to specialize in a field of your choice. You will
have the opportunity to tailor your programme to suit your individual interests
in addition to the general part of the programme.

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The University of Twente is the only university that offers a Master’s
programme in Nanotechnology. Studying Nanotechnology at the UT means you will
conduct experiments in our world-renowned Nanolab, and you get the opportunity
to do your Master’s assignment within our MESA+ Institute.

You will explore different research areas within the wider field of
nanotechnology, and at the same time specialize in a specific research field of
your choice, such as bionanotechnology and nanochemistry, nanophysics or
nanosystems and -devices. Our multidisciplinary programme has a strong focus on
the fabrication and characterization of nanomaterials and on the design of
nanodevices. We offer profiles in Solid State Matter, (Bio)molecular Matter or
Soft Matter combined with Components and Systems.

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Educational Science & Technology

The master’s programme in educational
science and technology is all about
the design and evaluation of learning
scenarios in schools and organisations.

The scope is wide: from educating primary
school children and young people in secondary and vocational education to
in-service or on-the-job training for adult employees, such as nurses,
teachers, civil servants, managers and leaders. You will learn all about
theories of learning and assessment, learning technologies – for example,
serious games – effective training approaches and learning interventions. You
will also discover how to design and evaluate different learning scenarios,
progressing to producing recommendations and solutions for practical problems.

More information:

Leiden University


Leiden University offers a two-year master’s programme in Astronomy. In this two-year master’s programme in Astronomy you get access to cutting edge research in modern astronomy. The main focus areas include galaxies and the structures in which they are embedded, exoplanets, and star and planet formation. With seven challenging specialisations to choose from, you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers within academia, industry and the public sector.

The specialisations that you can choose
from are the following:

  • Astronomy and Cosmology (MSc)
  • Astronomy and Data Science (MSc)
  • Astronomy and Education (MSc)
  • Astronomy and Instrumentation (MSc)
  • Astronomy and Science Communication and Society
  • Astronomy and Business Studies (MSc)
  • Astronomy Research (MSc)

Are you are interested in astronomy
research within or outside academia? Do you want to add value to society
through scientific and technological progress? Are you keen on solving complex
matters and are you up for a challenge? Then our Leiden University Astronomy
master’s programme is designed for you.


The Physics Masters programme in Leiden offers a wide choice of study
paths that take into account your specific needs and interests. You can either
build a purely academic profile, or choose a specialisation that puts physics
in broader societal contexts

Our programme is intimately related to the top-level scientific research
carried out at the Leiden Institute of Physics. You will spend approximately
half of your time on research, as a member of one of our internationally
renowned research groups.

We offer five (soon six) research specialisations, with an emphasis on
either experimental or theoretical physics, which train you as an independent
researcher. Alternatively, you can choose to combine physics research with
education, business studies or science communication. Each specialisation aims
at preparing you for successful professional development in academia, in
industry, or elsewhere.

At our institute, you experience an open, inclusive, and collegial
atmosphere. Your routine includes attending colloquia and symposia with
international speakers, and participating in lively scientific discussions.

Specialisations (all in English, expect Physics and Education)

  • Research in
    Physics, Biological and Soft Matter Physics
  • Research in Physics,
  • Research in
    Physics, pre-PhD (‘Casimir’)
  • Research in
    Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics
  • Research in Physics,
  • Research in
    Physics, Classical/Quantum Information (pilot in 2020-2021)
  • Physics and
    Education (Dutch and English)
  • Physics and
    Science Communication and Society
  • Physics and Business Studies

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TU Eindhoven

Applied Physics

The Master’s program Applied Physics at
TU/e enables the students to obtain a modern, strongly hands-on-oriented
education in Applied Physics in the Brainport region of Eindhoven.

Building on the foundation of a suitable
Bachelor’s degree program in Physics or Applied Physics, basic disciplinary
knowledge is enhanced and extended with advanced state-of-the-art knowledge in
a chosen field of specialization: (1) Nano, Quantum, and Photonics, (2) Plasmas
and Beams, or (3) Flow, Bio and Soft Matter.

Apart from a fully free elective space of
at least one third of a year, students will have the opportunity to gain ample
research and/or engineering experience in a professional academic environment,
for more than a full year. An external traineeship guarantees that students
receive international and/or industrial experience, and a high-level graduation
project along the specialization areas emphasizes further development of
independent academic research skills. Apart from entering follow-up PhD
programs, graduates from Applied Physics TU/e are highly attractive for, e.g.,
high-tech industries and research institutes.

Nuclear Fusion

worldwide collaboration on the development of nuclear fusion as a safe, clean
and inexhaustible energy source is now culminating in the construction of
ITER. Located in southern France, ITER will demonstrate 10-fold power multiplication at
the 500 MW level. The ITER project is giving the science and engineering of nuclear
fusion a major boost. Therefore it will need a new generation
of highly trained engineers and scientists for its operation.
TU/e has selected fusion science and technology as one of its high-profile
areas, by starting a dedicated research group and establishing a full-blown
master’s program on fusion.

The Master
of Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion is the obvious path for those who want to
specialize in fusion. The curriculum is truly interdisciplinary – combining
elements from applied physics, mechanical engineering and electrical
engineering – and places emphasis on the goal-oriented nature of
fusion research. The international character, work in
interdisciplinary groups and societal aspects of fusion research are also
emphasized in the program.

If you are
bright, ambitious, interested in high-tech, not afraid of a serious challenge,
and have a concern for the sustainability of the planet, this program
might be just the course for you.

Radboud University Nijmegen

Would you rather specialise in pure physics or discover the interface
between physics and astronomy, mathematics, chemistry or biology? The choice is
yours. At Radboud University, you can specialise in Neurophysics, Particle and
Astrophysics, and Physics of Molecules and Materials or apply your scientific
skills to a societal application with the specialisations Science in Society,
Science and Education or Science, Management and Innovation. You can even
follow a minor in computational and data science.

In your internship(s), you can dive into theoretical physics or perform
your own experiments: discover new material properties in Europe’s highest
magnetic fields or with unique free electron lasers, study space objects with
the telescopes on top of the Huygens Building or unravel brain activity with MRIs.
It’s all possible on the Radboud campus. That’s why many international
physicists come here to perform their experiments. Take the research team of
Heino Falcke, who managed to capture the first ever image of a black hole, or
Marc Klein Wolt and his team, who sent a low frequency explorer to the dark
side of the moon. Intrigued? Visit our Master’s Open Day in Nijmegen on 12
March 2020 to meet our professors and talk to current students.

University of Amsterdam/VU Amsterdam

Master Physics and Astronomy (joint degree

Whether you
are interested in physical processes within cells, creating artificial
photosynthesis, astroparticle physics or testing fundamental symmetries at the
atomic scale, the Master’s programme in Physics and Astronomy gives you the
opportunities to deepen your knowledge and engage in groundbreaking fundamental
research and its applications.

Programme outline

two-year Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy consists of six tracks,
allowing you to specialise in a topic of your choice. Each track starts off
with compulsory courses, giving you a solid basis for your specialisation. With
elective courses you can widen or deepen your knowledge in your chosen field.
In your second year you will join one of the participating research groups for
your research project. This experience will culminate in your Master’s thesis
and a final presentation.


Advanced Matter and Energy Physics

Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A)

Biophysics and Biophotonics

Gravitation, Astro-, and Particle
Physics (GRAPPA)

Science for Energy and
Sustainability (SfES)

Theoretical Physics (TP)

This is a joint degree Master’s programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate in Physics and Astronomy to graduates.

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