Carolien Castenmiller, Master's student in Applied Physics

Hi, my name is Carolien and I am studying Applied Physics with the specialization in Materials Physics. Before that I took the Bachelor’s programme in Applied Physics, also at the University of Twente.

When I was looking for a university to do my Bachelor’s, I chose the University of Twente, because I liked the easy way that students and professors interacted. For example, when you have a question about an assignment, you can easily drop by the office of a professor. For my master I stayed in Enschede, because I was really interested in the Materials Physics track.

During my Bachelor’s I really enjoyed courses like “Introduction to Solid State Physics”. I found out that I was interested in properties of materials at nanoscale and new possibilities of applications of these materials. This made the Materials Physics track a logical choice for me.

One of the courses I enjoyed most up to now was “Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics”. For this course we had to read recent articles about five different topics of condensed matter physics and present them to the other students. This method ensured a lot of involvement of all students and we gained up-to-date knowledge of current research topics. In particular, the discussions in response to the presentations were really interesting.

floor derksen, Master's student in Applied Physics

Hi, my name is Floor. My Master’s programme is called Applied Physics and my specialization is in Materials Physics. Before this, I did a Bachelor’s programme at the University of Twente, also in Applied Physics.

In choosing where I would get my Master's degree, I focused only on universities in The Netherlands with technical disciplines. My decision for Twente was mostly based on my gut feeling because I felt very at home right away on our beautiful campus and I really liked the fact that the total amount of students per year is relatively small. That way you’re on a first name basis with everyone, including the teachers, and they will generally have enough time to answer all your questions.

I chose this Master’s programme because I felt that I had developed a passion for Materials Physics during my Bachelor’s programme, and I also really wanted to stay at the same university so that I could stay with my friends and not have to move away to a different place.

I can think of many examples of interesting courses and projects, but my favourite was actually one that is not on the regular course list. I spent 10 credits learning about Low Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM) at a research group here at the University of Twente. I got to spend a lot of time in the lab which is exactly what I wanted and we even ended up writing a paper about the research that was conducted, very exciting!

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