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STUDENT OF APPLIED PHYSICS
A bit more tangible
‘I decided to study Physics, because I love how physics can explain all the things that seem really normal. How do fluids behave? Why is the sky blue? How can you design a fire sprinkler tube? You can also use models to predict something, so that you can for example optimize devices without actually building them. In Groningen, they offer both the applied and the theoretical part of physics, which is why I chose this university. Applied physics is mostly about devices and materials, which makes it a bit more tangible. My plans for the future aren’t clear yet, but I started with the Master’s programme in Applied Physics. The programme contains research and an internship, and I hope to find out what suits me best. I could see myself working in a technical company, in the research and development department for example.’
The Physics/Applied Physics degree programme (in Dutch: Natuurkunde/ Technische Natuurkunde) is for inquisitive people who want to know how the world around us works and what we can do with this knowledge. People like this have been responsible for many of the world’s ground-breaking theories and applications. Physicists capture the knowledge of phenomena in theories which they use to predict how the natural world will behave. In a successful theory, all the elements will fall into place. First-year students are always captivated by the lectures on Einstein’s theory of relativity, which have had far-reaching consequences for the study of physics and, in the case of applied physics, the development of modern technologies and equipment.
Physics is a ‘hard science’ that covers many disciplines. Do you love studying theory? Or are you more interested in experimental research with advanced instruments?
Do you see a future for yourself in medical research? Or do you want to help improve our environment? Whatever your choice, physics and applied physics are about numbers, accuracy and precise measurements, and you will apply these to build mathematical models or experimental setups to explain and predict natural phenomena.
As a physicist you will learn how to analyse, how to translate problems into mathematical models and how to distinguish between essential and secondary issues, and you will learn how to approach and resolve problems. In Applied Physics you will learn how to apply fundamental physics to technology and how to approach problems with a technical mindset. This discipline focuses on design and construction, working with advanced instruments, information technology and computational physics.
Is this the programme for you?
If you want to study Physics or Applied Physics, you will need to have an aptitude for the sciences. An important part of physics is mathematics, because mathematics is the ‘language’ of physics. You also need to be highly inquisitive and you should enjoy solving puzzles. If you are the type who likes analysing and solving problems, then Physics or Applied Physics is the right programme for you!
What is (applied) physics?
Student of Applied Physics
Revolution in micro-electronics by spinning electrons
Filming ultrarapid dynamics in molecules
Black holes are the densest and heaviest objects in our universe. Hearing two of them crash into each other may sound weird and impossible, but physicists have done just that! With the most sophisticated techniques available several gravitational waves detectors, or "cosmic microphones", have been built. Researching physics at the edge of a black hole is therefore now possible.
What are the smallest building blocks of matter? What are gravitational waves? How does a principle of physics become an application in a hospital or in a nuclear reactor? Is it possible to build a quantum computer?
What is (applied) physics?