Physics is concerned with describing and predicting natural phenomena. Applied physics is concerned with applying physics in technical solutions. Design and construction are important aspects of this. Applied physics is at the heart of society. It forms the basis for many of the products we use in daily life. The programme has a strong interdisciplinary orientation, with an emphasis on combinations of subjects: physics with design studies, nanotechnology, new materials and systems and control engineering

Applied physics involves studying not only how phenomena come about, but also how to use them for technical solutions. The programme focuses on theory and practice.

Applied physics involves studying not only how phenomena come about, but also how to use them for technical solutions. For this degree programme, you need to have an enquiring mind as well as the desire to be creative. This is a programme that focuses on theory and practice.

Critical appraisal skills

Applied physics is an academic subject, which means that you acquire not only knowledge but also skills such as presentation, working in a team and setting up and conducting research. We teach you critical appraisal skills, which you will learn to apply to your own work as well as that of others.

Applied physics can certainly be described as a ‘tough’ subject. Obviously, in order to study it, you need to have an affinity for the sciences, but you don’t have to have the top grades. Most first-year students obtained an average grade of 7.5 in their examinations. However, you do need to be top when it comes to having an enquiring mind. You want to understand how things work.

Is Applied Physics for you?

Applied Physics is for you if...

... you are good at science subjects have an enquiring mind

... you are interested in technology

... you have a great deal of self-discipline

Why study Applied Physics in Groningen?

A high-quality degree programme in the Netherlands’ friendliest student city At the University of Groningen you can study physics alongside applied physics, and you don’t have to choose between them right away. You can do that later. The degree programme has many other advantages too! Furthermore, the historic city of Groningen is one of the best student cities in the Netherlands.

You'll soon feel at home

In the first year, you’ll study with students on the Physics degree programme. You will probably be in a group of 80 to 100 first-year students; you’ll soon get to know them, and your lecturers (and vice versa!).

Flexible Bachelor’s programme

Groningen is the only university in the Netherlands to offer a flexible, broad Bachelor’s programme that allows you to explore various natural sciences before you choose your specialization. In the first semester block of Year 1, you follow a basic programme comprising physics, applied physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, mathematics, applied mathematics, and astronomy. If you wish, you can then switch to one of these subjects.

Specialize with a Master’s degree

After the three-year Bachelor's programme, you can choose a Master’s programme in your specific area of interest. With a Master’s degree, you could work in R&D, as a manager in a company, as a consultant, or a researcher at a university.

Admission Requirements

Language requirements

If you are a native English speaker or if you hold a Dutch VWO diploma, you are exempt from providing us with proof of your English language proficiency. If you need to provide proof, acceptable test scores are:

  • TOEFL IBT score of 92
  • TOEFL CBT score of 237
  • TOEFL PBT score of 580
  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • CAE or CPE certificate.

If you have taken or plan to take an English language test that is not listed here, please contact us for more information.

Previous education

You will need a secondary education with qualifications for entrance to an undergraduate programme at a university. This includes:

  • UK - 3 A Levels
  • Germany - Abitur
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma - 24 points or higher.

If you want to know if your diploma is accepted, please contact us or look on our website.

Additional requirements

Your diploma will need to include a course in Mathematics and Physics

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

Application deadlines (course starts September 1, 2019)

  • EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019
  • Non-EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019

Tuition fees

  • EU/EEA students: € 2083
  • non-EU/EEA students: € 12500
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