24 months
17000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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Most chemical research involves trial and error approaches to synthesis and characterisation of new molecules.  This Physical Chemistry Master's specialisation at Radboud University goes one step further: it aims at fundamentally unravelling the properties of molecules and materials. 

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Programme overview

The Master's specialisation in Physical Chemistry focuses on the theoretical development and experimentation, involving high magnetic fields, free-electron lasers, scanning probe microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance, etc.

This programme is closely connected to the Institute for Molecules and Materials, and has collaborations with a number of different companies, including Shell, Unilever and DSM. You will have the chance to work alongside experts in the field using state-of-the-art technology. 

Would you like to know if you are eligible to be admitted to this programme? Take our E-Check and instantly get an insight in your eligibility: echeck.ru.nl

What will you learn?

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamental behaviour of molecules and materials

  • Choose from specialisation courses allowing you to focus on the topics that you are interested in

  • Learn about theoretical and experimental aspects of research, and how to solve complex problems in a structured way

  • Get experience designing, conducting and presenting research using complex research equipment

Career prospects

About 75 percent of our students start their career with a PhD. 

Eventually most students end up as researchers, policy advisors, consultants or managers in companies and governmental organisations.

Graduates of the  Physical Chemistry specialisation at Radboud University  have found jobs at a variety of companies and institutes:

  • ETH Zurich
  • MIT
  • UC Berkeley
  • ASML
  • AkzoNobel
  • DSM
  • Shell
  • Unilever

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Spectroscopy 
  • Materials Science 
  • Physical Chemistry of Molecular Aggregates 
  • Molecular Modelling  
  • Graphene 
  • Molecular Physics 
  • Magnetic Resonance 
  • Interaction of Light with Molecules and Materials 
  • Energy and Climate 
  • Science and Metaphysics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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:
  • Chemistry
  • Molecular Science
  • Physics
  • ... 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

Students must have passed (preliminary) examinations containing the majority of the following subject matter:

  • Chemical Analysis: at least 3 EC**
  • Organic chemistry: at least 6 EC
  • Inorganic chemistry: at least 3 EC
  • Physical chemistry/thermodynamics: at least 6 EC
  • Biochemistry: at least 3 EC
  • Quantum mechanics/chemical bonding: at least 9 EC
  • Spectroscopy: at least 6 EC
  • Solid state physics: at least 6 EC
  • Mathematics: at least 6 EC
  • Physics: at least 6 EC
  • Experimental skills (at least 12 EC of practical courses on analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and/or physics)
  • 30 EC of Chemistry- or Physics-related courses on advanced Bachelor's level
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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