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Study programme

The specialisation Physical Chemistry offers education in connection with state-of-the-art research aiming to fundamentally understand, design and control the functioning of molecules and materials. Examples of topics are self-organisation of complex molecular systems, structure-function relationships of nanostructured materials or fundamentally understand the structure of molecules and the way they interact. This involves theoretical skills and the use and understanding of advanced spectroscopic tools to gain insight in structure and dynamics of molecules and materials in relation to the intended functionality. It has a course load of 120 EC (two years).


  • Curriculum of Physical Chemistry

    The programme comprises of compulsory courses, supplemented by a set of specialisation electives. In addition, you’re allowed to follow a few courses at any faculty or university you want. The biggest part of your programme consists of your Master's internship(s), which includes practical work and report, as well as a literature thesis and, optionally, one or two courses relevant to the internship. 

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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. 

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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 (15 EC) we use different disciplines in the Faculty of Science that are engaged in computational modeling and data science. Read more about this track at the bottom of the Physical Chemistry curriculum page.