Research course

Physical Chemistry (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree in Chemistry

An international degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Examination Board 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

Courses with ‘final qualifications’ compliant to general textbooks in the majority of the following scientific domains:

  • General Chemistry: at least 3 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Chemistry by Zumdahl (Cengage Learning)
  • Chemical Analysis: at least 3 EC from standard university textbook, e.g Quantitative Chemical Analysis by Harris (Freeman)
  • Organic chemistry: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Organic Chemistry by Bruice (Pearson)
  • Inorganic chemistry: at least 3 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Inorganic Chemistry by Housecroft & Sharpe (Pearson)
  • Physical chemistry/thermodynamics: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Physical Chemistry by Atkins & De Paula (Freeman)
  • Mathematics and physics: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. College Physics by Serway, Faughn & Vuille (Brooks/Cole)
  • Quantum mechanics/chemical bonding: at least 9 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. College Physics by Serway, Faughn & Vuille (Brooks/Cole)
  • Spectroscopy: at least 3 EC from standard university textbook e.g. Fourier Transforms in Spectroscopy by Kauppinen & Partanen (Wiley-VCH)
  • Solid state chemistry/physics: at least 6 EC from standard university textbook, e.g. Solid State Physics by Hook & Hall
  • Experimental skills: at least 6 EC of practical courses on organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and/or physics
  • 30 EC of Chemistry- or Physics-related courses on third year Bachelor’s level

A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

he 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. Thanks to all our research facilities being located on the Radboud campus, you’ll be able to perform your research with advanced spectroscopic methods. You get to choose the focus of your research, It’s even possible to specialise in the development of new technology.

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

*This is a specialisation of the Master's in Molecular Sciences

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Fees and funding

UK students
€ 18,296
International students
EU €2,530 p/a Non EU € 18,296 p/a

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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