Study programme

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. At the beginning, compulsory advanced courses on molecular physics and solid state physics prepare the ground for a wide variety of elective courses that will permit you to choose your own focus, theoretical or experimental, molecular or condensed matter – or to remain broad.

In the elective courses, you will learn about collective and emergent phenomena in quantum matter as we go from single atoms to many-body systems. 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 – may it be complex molecules or complex solids.

A key approach of the specialisation is to teach you how such systems can be investigated by both theoretical and experimental state-of-the-art methods. In Nijmegen, some of the worldwide most advanced spectroscopy and microscopy tools are available. Many of them have been developed on campus, and we are proud to continue pushing the limits of what can be measured. The same is true for theoretical method developments. Many of our electives include methodology, some even fully focus on this aspect of modern physics research.

While we strive for a fundamental understanding of quantum matter, many courses also provide insight into how newly discovered phenomena may serve as stepping stones toward enabling technologies and “tomorrow’s” applications (e.g. in quantum or neuromorphic computing, spintronics, energy-efficient materials, green IT,…).


  • Curriculum of Quantum Matter

    The Master’s specialisation in Quantum Matter (previously called 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.