Spectroscopy of Solids and Interfaces

Master's specialisationQuantum Matter

From individual molecules to complex solids: in this Master's, you will study matter on a fundamental quantum-physical level and discover collective and emergent quantum phenomena for future technologies. Using theory or experiments, or both.

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Something for you?

  • Contribute to a still widely uncovered field of fundamental research that also offers real-world application perspectives.
  • Choose from a wide selection of both theoretical and experimental courses in molecular physics and condensed matter physics, allowing you to focus on theory or experiment, or balance both.
  • Get hands on with exceptional and worldwide unique spectroscopic and microscopic techniques to probe quantum matter under extreme conditions.
  • Radboud University offers many PhD positions in this field
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Admission requirements

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What will you learn

In the Quantum Matter specialisation, you will gain a bottom-up understanding of the properties and interactions of matter, from individual atoms and molecules to complex solids. In quantum matter, there is no unified theory to explain everything, so you will learn different approaches that enable to understand and predict a quantum system. You start with advanced courses on molecular physics and solid state physics, to prepare you for a wide variety of elective courses that will allow you to shape your focus, theoretical or experimental, molecular or condensed matter – or to remain broad.

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Future career opportunities

This Master’s specialisation is an excellent preparation for a career in research, either at a university or at a company. However, many of our students end up in business as well. At Radboud University, we’re capable of offering many successful students in the field of Quantum Matter a PhD position. Many of our students have already attained a PhD position, not just at Radboud University, but at universities all over the world.

Career prospects


At Radboud University, we believe that the combination of theory and experiments is the best way to push the frontiers of our knowledge. That’s why our leading theoretical physicists collaborate intensively with experimental material physicists at the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM). Together, they form the teaching staff of the Master’s specialisation in Quantum Matter.

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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.