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MSc in Particle and Astrophysics

Radboud University Science

Full time September MSc Full-time: 2 years

About the course

Master's specialisation in Particle and Astrophysics

A physics programme that covers the inner workings of the universe from the smallest to the largest scale.

Although Particle Physics and Astrophysics act on a completely different scale, they both use the laws of physics to study the universe. In this Master’s specialisation you’ll dive into these extreme worlds and unravel questions like: What did our universe look like in the earliest stages of its existence? What are the most elementary particles that the universe consists of? And how will it evolve?

If you are fascinated by the extreme densities, gravities, and magnetic fields that can be found only in space, or by the formation, evolution, and composition of astrophysical objects, you can focus on the Astrophysics branch within this

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Entry Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in : Physics, Physics and Astronomy, Physics, Applied Physics or equivalent.
2. A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
a. A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
b. An IELTS score of ≥6.5
c. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher


€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,500 (from non-EEA countries)

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Student Profile(s)

Sander van den Groenendaal

Ever since I was a small boy, I have been interested in Biology and Astronomy. So much so, that after seeing the movie Jurassic Park, I knew I wanted to study biology. During my Bachelor’s in Biology, I was still interested in Astronomy and even followed a minor in Astrophysics. Even though many questioned whether Biology and Astronomy could be combined, I knew it could. Together with the study advisor for Biology at Radboud University, we managed to create an entirely new programme: ‘Astrobiology’. This programme is composed of the Biology specialisation Microbiology and the Master’s in Physics and Astronomy.

Not much was needed to ‘convince’ both departments to approve the new programme; both departments were very excited to see how the programme would develop and how the combination would work out. People at Radboud University are very open for change and the wishes of their students. And it’s going great, with great support from the professors, teachers and fellow student. I am eager to learn and find myself daily at the University, even when I don’t have a class to follow.

Not just me, more and more people are getting interested in the phenomenon of extra-terrestrial life, especially with NASA announcing that they want to find alien life within the next ten to twenty years.

With the progress I’m making, I’m even involved in the contact with those new students who themselves are interested in Astrobiology and/or the possibilities of creating their own programme. This self-made curriculum really made me feel special. All the support from the University has give me the confidence that I will graduate as one of the leading pioneers in the field of Astrobiology.


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