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    Full time available

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  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    24 months

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  • Last Updated

    14 August 2019

Do you want to contribute to the development of computer devices that operate like a human brain? Design semi-conductor materials for the future's high-efficiency solar cells? Create an anti-icing coating for drones and airplanes? Fabricate materials that transform waste heat into electricity?

Understand why ceramic micro-/nano-structures 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.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Higher Education Guide 2017)
  • Our Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials is ranked high in the world's top 15 materials research institutes by the Times Higher Education
  • Gives access to the highly selective HTMS Honours Master
  • Specializes in advanced materials at the renowned Zernike Institute, named after our Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike
  • Nearly all of our graduates find relevant high-level jobs within 3 months after graduating.

After your studies

The Master's degree programme in Applied Physics is primarily meant for students who want to become researchers and developers in an industrial environment.

Most of our graduates find immediate employment in industry, sometimes in the same company where they have done their Industrial Internship. The alumni in industry often work as engineers or R&D scientists (ASML, Philips, Lambert Instruments, Thales, etc.) but also in the ICT sector of very different companies, including ABNAMRO, KPN, Deloitte, and others go into consulting (Ecofys, Witteveen & Bos). Next to industry our graduates also often continue on to a PhD project after obtaining their Master's degree, to specialise further in a specific research topic, 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

Visit the Applied Physics MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!




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