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Master's specialisationPhysical Chemistry

This specialisation aims at unravelling the properties of molecules and materials in great detail, by developing theory and physical instrumentation for advanced spectroscopic experiments.

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  • Radboud University hosts a large number of advanced spectroscopic facilities.
  • All our physical and chemical Material Science departments are combined in one institute, therefore, collaborating is second nature to us.
  • We have multiple collaborations with companies ranging from multinationals to start-ups, where you can perform your internship(s).
  • You’ll meet a diverse group of researchers in a personal setting: a good starting point for your future network.
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Spectroscopy of Solids and Interfaces

Admission requirements

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This specialisation teaches to do research on the edge between Physics and Chemistry.
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What will you learn

In this Master’s specialisation, you will get an in-depth understanding of the fundamental behaviour of molecules and materials aiming to discover novel functionalities. Thanks to the many research facilities located on the Radboud campus, you’ll be able to perform advanced spectroscopic experiments on site. Besides experimental work it is possible to focus on the theoretical aspects of the research. You can follow your personal interests; work on bio(mimetic) molecules whereas others might prefer energy materials. It’s also possible to specialise in the development of new spectroscopic methods. 

Study programme

Future career opportunities

About fifty percent of our students start their career with a PhD position. At Radboud University we offer about ten PhD positions in Physical Chemistry every year. Most students continue their careers as researchers, policy advisors, consultants or managers in companies and governmental organisations. Graduates have found jobs at MIT, UC Berkeley, ASML, AkzoNobel, DSM, Shell, and Unilever.

Career prospects


Radboud University hosts a large range of world-class spectroscopic facilities. As a Master’s student in Physical Chemistry, you’ll get an overview of all these different methods, and you’ll be able to apply your knowledge as a member of a laboratory. The goal is to understand the workings of molecules and materials. This fundamental knowledge flows back to other branches of Chemistry, which are all part of the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM).

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.