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Theoretical Physics

Utrecht University

24 months
20715 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The research Master’s degree programme in Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University is your gateway to understanding the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the unimaginably small scales of elementary particles to the vast dimensions of our universe.

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The Fascinating World Of Physics

Our highly rated research programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to describe space-time and elementary particles as well as macroscopic and microscopic phenomena in quantum and soft matter.

Programme Objective

The MSc programme in Theoretical Physics provides students with a broad overview of methods and topics in theoretical physics and teaches them to work independently in a specific sub-discipline of the field. Students also learn to present and discuss their work both orally and in writing, and to take a critical attitude towards the existing literature.

Career Prospects

The Theoretical Physics Master's programme is an excellent preparation for a national or international career in physics. The majority of our graduates continue on to conduct doctoral research at Utrecht University or at institutions elsewhere in the world. The Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics offers a solid basis for many interesting careers, examples include;

  • research positions for multinationals such as Philips and Shell
  • consultant in information technology
  • financial analyst for banks or insurance companies
  • scientific journalist

Pursuing An Academic Career

Graduates of Utrecht University’s Theoretical Physics Master’s programme have the opportunity to enrol in PhD programmes at Utrecht University, elsewhere in the Netherlands, or anywhere in the world. 

Doctoral students in the Netherlands typically receive full funding for a four-year period. Graduates who decide to continue their education at prestigious institutions outside the Netherlands should investigate the funding options at these institutions.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantum Field Theory 
  • Statistical Field Theory
  • Student Seminar Theoretical Physics 
  • Theoretical Physics Colloquium
  • String Theory
  • Modelling and Simulation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

This is a selective master. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Theoretical Physics if you hold a University bachelor degree and can demonstrate a high level of knowledge and command of methods & skills in the relevant field.

Additionally, we consider:

  • Motivation and talent (also on the basis of average grade and past studies progress);
  • General high level of professional and intellectual ability;
  • Command of the English language

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20715 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20715 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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