As an applied physicist graduate of the University of Twente you will have many different career choices. Our students normally find a job within a few months of graduation.

Research and development

Approximately half of our graduates work in Research & Development departments at a university, research institute or centre of expertise (e.g. TNO, ECN, CERN) or at a corporate Research & Development department (e.g. Philips Natlab, Shell, Océ), developing new materials, new technology, or new products, for example for space travel or medical science.

PhD programme

Many Applied Physics graduates pursue their scientific studies at doctorate level, conducting independent research for four years under the guidance of a professor, and writing and defending a PhD dissertation. You can pursue a PhD at the University of Twente or at any other university in The Netherlands or abroad.

Engineering and manufacturing

Some graduates pursue a career in engineering or manufacturing. In engineering, you design new products or production processes, working for a major company or as an independent adviser. In manufacturing, the focus is on innovations in the production process.


Twenty per cent of our graduates work at management level. Some head corporate Research & Development departments, while others are production managers or general managers.

Other opportunities

Applied Physics graduates regularly pursue careers in information technology. In addition, consultancy firms (e.g. Arthur D. Little, McKinsey) regularly hire applied physicists. Over ten percent of our graduates currently work abroad.

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