Research in Physics, Cosmology

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.

Cosmology is positioned at the interface between Theoretical Physics and Observational Astronomy. The Leiden Institute of Physics offers this specialisation in collaboration with the also internationally well known Leiden Observatory. Similar to the Theoretical Physics specialisation, in-depth knowledge is required of undergraduate courses with theoretical and mathematical emphasis: quantum physics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, and complex analysis. Also prerequisite is the Leiden bachelor’s course on Physics of Elementary Particles, or a clear equivalent. The bachelor’s course Relativistic Electrodynamics is strongly advised.

Reasons to Choose Physics in Leiden

  1. The programme places a strong emphasis on research training. Students can spend up to 60% of their time on research projects.
  2. Leiden University is known for its top-level international research and excellent research groups, both theoretical and experimental, in which master’s students participate during their research projects. Many master’s students obtain their degree with a publication in an international refereed journal.
  3. The programme offers a wide choice of individual profiles. Five specialisations have been defined within this master’s programme. Individual plans can always be discussed with the study adviser and submitted to the Board of Examiners for approval.
  4. The close connection between the MSc programme and the Leiden Institute of Physics results in an open atmosphere, in which students are invited to attend lectures and symposia and to participate in scientific discussions.

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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