Study programme

In this specialisation, you’ll discover the interface between quantum mechanics and the classical world, which is still a ‘terra incognita’. We focus on two-atom systems, multi-atom systems, molecules and nanostructures. This is pioneering work, because these systems are often too complex for quantum calculations and too small for the application of classical theories.

This specialisation is focused on two main topics:

Advanced spectroscopy

Spectroscopy is a technique to look at matter in many different ways. Here you’ll learn the physics behind several spectroscopic techniques, and learn how to design spectroscopic experiments. At Radboud University, you also have access to large experimental infrastructure, such as the High Magnetic field Laboratory (HFML), the FELIX facility for free electron lasers and the NMR laboratory.

Condensed matter and molecular physics

You’ll dive into material science at the molecular level as well as the macroscopic level, on length scales from a single atom up to nanostructure and crystal. In several courses, you’ll get a solid background in both quantum mechanical and classical theories.


  • Curriculum of Physics of Molecules and Materials

    The Master’s specialisation in Physics of Molecules and Materials has a course load of 120 EC* (two years) and is organised along six compulsory courses, supplemented by specialisation electives and free electives. The biggest part of your Master's specialisation is formed by your internship and 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. 

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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.