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Explore the interaction of fundamental and applied research

The field of experimental physics offers unique scientific and technological challenges. As a student in the Master’s degree programme in Experimental Physics you will learn about the fundamental scientific theories that describe the world around us. You will receive advanced training in the design and use of advanced instrumentation or computer simulations required to study those theories.

I chose this Master's because I wanted to learn from physicists rather than engineers.
EXPH Student Ambassador Tommaso Pavolini
Former students and our professor reflect on the programme

What you'll learn

You will gain hands-on experience with the latest technologies in, for example, laser cooling to study Bose-Einstein condensation, novel techniques used to study complex materials down to the (sub)atomic level, and microscopy techniques that allow you to follow biological processes on a nm scale. Hand in hand with these experimental methods, you will also learn to apply advanced data analysis techniques and computer modelling.

International research

The MSc programme offers courses with a strong link to research carried out by experimental research groups in the Department of Physics at Utrecht University. You will have the opportunity to work in close cooperation with groups specialising in the strong nuclear forces, ultra-cold quantum matter, and ultra-fast light-matter interaction.

Research for experimental physics is performed at the Nanophotonics, Soft Condensed Matter & Biophysics, and Subatomic Physics labs in Utrecht and at the famous CERN laboratory in Geneva. You will also have the opportunity to participate in (inter)national research meetings.

Programme objective

The Master's programme in Experimental Physics offers excellent preparation for a career in research laboratory in the high-tech industry, or as a PhD student at Universities and research institutes around the world.


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Physics
  • Programme: Experimental Physics
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
  • September
  • February
Application deadline:
  • February: Dutch & EU/EER students: 15 October
  • February: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 September
  • September: Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • September: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Graduate school:
Natural Sciences