Research in Physics, pre-PhD ('Casimir')

This master’s degree programme guarantees a solid grounding in issues at the leading edge of the physical sciences, complemented by practical training in communications and computer skills.

The Casimir pre-PhD specialisation prepares the student for PhD research within the Casimir Research School, a joint undertaking of the Leiden Institute of Physcis (LION), and various departments at Delft University of Technology. The programme follows a strict schedule and specifically aims at broadening the research perspectives of the student in such a way that they are aware of the frontiers of science in the research themes of the Research School, namely Molecular Biophysics, Physics of nanostructures, Quantum Matter and Functional Materials, Quantum Information and quantum optics, Universe physics; theory and instrumentation, and Dynamic Complex Systems. Admission both to the first and second years of the programme is by selection only.

At the end of their studies, students are trained to write their own research proposal. The best proposals are granted and financed with a full (four-year) PhD position for the applicant.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Physics
  • Degree Master of Science in Physics
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date Flexible, for international students preferably September or February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60202

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