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The fascinating world of physics

The research Master’s degree programme in Theoretical Physics is your gateway to understanding the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the unimaginably small scales of elementary particles to the vast dimensions of our universe. Our highly rated research programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to describe space-time and elementary particles as well as macroscopic and microscopic phenomena in quantum and soft matter.

This program is probably one of the best ways to train your analytical skills in general, which seems to be increasingly important in today’s society.

Programme objective 

The MSc programme in Theoretical Physics provides students with a broad overview of methods and topics in theoretical physics and teaches them to work independently in a specific sub-discipline of the field. Students also learn to present and discuss their work both orally and in writing, and to take a critical attitude towards the existing literature.

Future prospects

Our programme offers excellent preparation for further research studies in physics or careers in the international job market. Two-thirds of our graduates continue on to conduct PhD-level research either at Utrecht University or at other prestigious institutions 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: Natuurkunde en Meteorologie & Fysische Oceanografie
  • Programme: Theoretical 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:
  • September: Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June 2019
  • September: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April 2019
  • February: Dutch & EU/EER students: 15 October 2019
  • February: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 September 2019
Tuition fees:
Graduate school:
Natural Sciences