Study programme

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 specialisation. Would you rather study particle interactions and take part in the search for new particles – for example during an internship at CERN - then you can choose a programme full of High Energy Physics. And for students with a major interest in the theories and predictions underlying all experimental work, we offer an extensive programme in mathematical or theoretical physics.

In the Particle and Astrophysics specialisation, you’ll discover both the largest and the smallest scales in the universe. Apart from Astrophysics and High Energy Physics, this specialisation is also aimed at the interface between them: experiments and theory related to the Big Bang, general relativity, dark matter, high-energy cosmic rays, etc. As all relevant research departments are present at Radboud University – and closely work together – you’re free to choose any focus within this specialisation. For example:

  • High energy physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Mathematical physics


  • Curriculum of Particle and Astrophysics

    The Master’s specialisation in Particle and Astrophysics has a course load of 120 EC (two years). The programme comprises of compulsory courses, supplemented by electives. You end the programme by writing a Master's thesis. 

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Study abroad

During your Master's programme, you will have the opportunity to go abroad for your studies, internship and/or thesis. You will learn to look at things from the perspective of a different culture and you will meet new people; it is an experience that will enrich your life. What’s more, it will look great on your CV. Please see the Radboud International web page for information about meetings, scholarships, internships and other practical information.

Additional challenge

Do you want an extra challenge during your studies? Do you find it interesting to think about current, social themes from different academic perspectives? Discover what the Radboud Honours Academy has to offer to achieve your maximum potential during your time as a student.

Synergy tracks

Within some Master's programmes at the Faculty of Science, you have the possibility to follow a synergy track; a pre-set elective track in which you can combine multiple areas of research. You can find the complete course list of the synergy tracks on the Curriculum page.

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Computational and Data Science

Data science and computational methods play an increasing important role in modern science as well as in industry and society. In the synergy track Computational and Data Science we use different disciplines in the Faculty of Science that are engaged in computational modeling and data science.

Black hole


The Gravity+ synergy track reflects the unique Radboud expertise on the role of gravity in the universe, from the largest to the smallest length scales. The track brings together the worlds of physics, mathematical physics and astronomy, covering a wide range of topics that encompasses classical and quantum gravity, the mathematical foundations of general relativity, and (observational) astrophysics.