How does nature works and how can we use it? By making models and formulating natural laws, we can describe and predict the natural world. It leads to experimental research and practical applications. The Bachelor of Physics at the University of Groningen teaches you all you need to know about physics and the natural world.

Physics is a 'hard' science: it is concerned with hard figures, precise and pure measurements. These are used to produce models and explain natural phenomena. The Bachelor's programme in Physics lasts three years. During your 1st year, you will study basic subjects such as linear algebra and relativity. You will also take practical courses. After this year, you can choose between three specializations:

General Physics

There are two fields of interest: Nanophysics studies materials on the nanometre scale. Particle physics deals with the smallest building blocks of matter. You will be introduced to fundamental questions concerning antimatter, but you will also look into the applications for nuclear energy and medicine.

Energy and Durability

What is the physics behind the various processes used in the present and (possible) future forms of energy? How can we assure sufficient energy available for future generations?

Life and Health

How does a CT scan works and what are the effects of radiation? Life and Health deal with medical research and addresses biophysics as well as technique.

Job prospects


If you opt for the business sector, you could pursue a career in industry, helping to develop technological innovations. Automation companies also like to employ physicists. In the SME sector, consultancy and engineering firms are also increasingly looking for physicists.


Once you have your Master's degree, you could find employment with research institutes such as TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) and the KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute). You can also carry out Ph.D. research at a university.

Not the same as technology

Large organizations such as banks and insurance companies like to employ physicists because of their analytical skills. As a physicist, you can formulate a model to describe, predict and solve an issue. This is useful in positions that involve conducting analyses. There was a period during which McKinsey, the global consultancy firm, preferred to recruit only physicists!

Job examples

  • Technical innovator
  • Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Product developer

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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Last updated October 16, 2018
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3 years
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