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What will I learn?

Most chemical research involves synthesis and characterisation of new molecules. Basically, a trial and error approach. This specialisation goes one step further: it aims at fundamentally unravelling the properties of molecules and materials. We try to find answers by developing theory and applying physical set-ups for advanced spectroscopic experiments, involving high magnetic fields, free-electron lasers, scanning probe microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance, etc.

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.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Physical Chemistry

About 75 percent of our students start their career with a PhD position. However, eventually most students end up as researchers, policy advisors, consultants or managers in companies and governmental organisations. Whatever job you aspire, you can certainly make use of the fact that you have learned to:

  • Solve complex problems in a structured way
  • Understand the professional jargon of different disciplines and work in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Use mathematical computer tools
  • Perform measurements with complex research equipment

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (13,88,889) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

For international students

A completed Bachelor's degree in Chemistry

An international degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted, and if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies. Entering the Master’s specialisation in Physical Chemistry requires a Bachelor’s degree in:

Molecular Science
or equivalent, provided that you comply to the admission criteria below and belong to the top 25 percent of your class

A proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90 + subscores ≥ 22;
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6,5 overall + subscores ≥ 6,0 + writing subscore ≥ 6,5;
Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: C or higher.

​Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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