Research in Physics, theoretical

Research in Physics, theoretical concentrates on subjects like High Energy Physics and Particle Cosmology, Theoretical Physics of Life Processes and Condensed Matter Theory.

Theoretical Physics is intended for students with a recognised education in physics or astronomy including optics, quantum physics and electrodynamics on the bachelor level. The degree obtained guarantees a thorough experience on the frontline of physics research and a practical training of communicative and computer skills required to function in industry, society and research.

About the research section Theoretical Physics

We develop theoretical models and simulations of physical systems across different length scales, from cosmology to quantum systems.
One part of our cluster explores exotic states of matter like strange metals or majorana particles. But we also do theoretical work in subfields, such as building a model for extensive economical systems or simulate DNA mechanics.
The cosmologists among us study the origin and evolution of the Universe. We use observations from the cosmological microwave background to design models of the content and large-scale structure of the cosmos. We study for example the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

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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