Career options

Nearly every Applied Physics student takes a Master's degree programme after completing the Bachelor's degree programme. Afterwards, the world will be your oyster. As a physicist, you are analytically and quantitatively very strong. You will be in great demand in a variety of professional fields. Most graduates find a job within several months. Not only in the field of technology and scientific research, but also in the medical, financial and consultancy sectors. In addition, more and more students are starting their own company, often based on something that they discovered while conducting their graduation research.

In recent years, our graduates found jobs in the following sectors: Research and education (20%); Management & organisation (15%); Banks and insurance companies (10%); Oil and gas (10%); Transport (10%); Engineering and installation companies (10%); High-Tech Industry (5%); ICT (5%); Energy (5%); Academic hospitals (5%); Other (5%).

Our graduates work at: large companies (40%); universities (20%); small companies (10%); independent and start-up companies (10%); government (5%); secondary schools and universities of applied sciences (5%); other (10%).

Completing a PhD

After completing your Master's programme, you can progress even further. By taking a PhD, you can prepare yourself for a career as a researcher. You conduct research for four years at the forefront of science in co-operation with a full professor. You will write a dissertation and academic articles on that research. You will then receive the title of Doctor. The Faculty of Applied Sciences is a great place to conduct research. Many full professors are internationally renowned in their field and the faculty has the most advanced laboratory facilities.

Starting work

Due to your analytical and quantitative skills, you are welcome in many places in society: in research, development, consultancy, marketing, policy, etc.

Some examples of jobs:

  • Analysing measurement data of research into the earth's surface.
  • Developing new medical equipment.
  • Heading a team of researchers developing a new computer.
  • Teaching physics and mathematics to pre-university education (VWO) or university of applied sciences (HBO) students.
  • Analysing business problems and advising companies on their market position.
  • Developing quantitative models for financial companies and institutions.

Furthermore, many students are inspired to use their specialist knowledge to found their own company.

Career Centre

The Career Centre can help by choosing a degree programme or switching to another programme.

Read more about Students' experiences