Are you curious to understand how our knowledge of both the smallest and largest structures in the universe helps us to better understand the fundamental properties of space and time? Why physics is essential to observe and understand complex soft matter and biological systems, such as viruses? How to build materials atom-by-atom and use these materials to reveal novel quantum physics? Or how to develop and apply advanced optical techniques to study and manipulate quantum, bio- and nanomaterials?

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Specialised tracks to choose from

Experience modern physics

The research programme Experimental Physics covers many aspects of modern physics, from cutting-edge experiments to advanced computer simulations and machine learning. In this Master’s you will be working together with researchers in interdisciplinary environments. This gives you the opportunity to experience modern physics research firsthand, and gain hands-on experience with the latest experimental, computational, and theoretical methods.

From fundamental to applied physics

This Master’s is a broad program, which covers physics on length scales ranging from the subatomic to the astronomical scale.  You can learn how state-of-the-art experiments reveal the fundamental building blocks of matter or how the detection of gravitational waves tells us more about the structure of the cosmos. You can explore  exotic quantum states of matter, such as Bose Einstein condensates, or learn how modern data analysis allows us to see through opaque materials like skin or paper.  You can study how to design nanoparticles that self-assemble into new materials, to make e.g. semiconductors for visible light or improved solar cells. If you are interested in biology, you can learn about the physics of DNA and the biological processes that happen inside living cells.

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Work in state-of-the-art facilities

Together with our researchers you will work in state-of-the-art facilities like the Electron Microscopy Square situated at Utrecht University, the large ion collider experiment (ALICE) project at CERN, as well as local advanced computer, biophysics, quantum and photonic labs.


Experimental Physics is a selective research Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master's?

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Why in Utrecht?

  • You can choose which areas of physics you want to explore and set your own balance between computer simulations, theory, experiments. You can choose from three specialized tracks to tailor your programme to your interest. 
  • You will have the chance to work closely with (international) researchers from other fields like climate physics, chemistry, biology and computer science.
  • The courses of the programme have a strong link to research carried out by experimental research groups in the Department of Physics at Utrecht University. 
  • During the Master’s you will have the opportunity for internships with our industrial partners, at (inter)national research centres or governmental agencies, which allow you to make a well-motivated choice for the first steps of your future career. 

Key facts

Physics (MSc)
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Study duration: 
2 years
September, February
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2024-2025: € 2,530

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2024-2025: € 23,765

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Accredited by the NVAO
Graduate school: 
School of Natural Sciences
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