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Physics - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Physics and Education (MSc)

About the programme

The Physics and Education specialisation consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System (EC) points and consists of a Physics component (60 EC) and an Education component (60 EC).

Programme overview

The curriculum of this master’s specialisation consists of an Physics component to be followed in the first year, and an Education component in the second year, offered by the Leiden Graduate School of Teaching. On top of the Education component, you can also participate in the World Teachers Programme.

Physics component (60 EC)

  • Mandatory Courses (15 EC)
  • Electives (9 EC)
  • Research Project (36 EC)

Education component (60 EC, in Dutch)

  • Education Courses (30 EC, in Dutch)
  • Teaching and Practice (30 EC, in Dutch)

World Teaching Programme (60 EC, in Dutch and English)

  • Education Courses (30 EC, partly in Dutch)
  • International Teaching and Practice (30 EC, in English)

If you already have successfully completed the minor Education in your BSc programme, you only need 30 EC of the specific education modules. The remaining 30 EC is then added to the electives of the Physics programme.

The education component can only be started in August/September or January/February after completion of the Physics modules of the programme.

Read more about the programme outline and courses

Educational methods

  • Colloquium
  • Lectures
  • Individual papers
  • Lab work
  • Presentations
  • Research
  • Projects
  • Seminars
  • Work group
  • Internship
  • School practice

Study guidance

The Physics MSc programme has a small intake and a relatively large staff to student ratio. It can thus afford to provide students with individualized attention. The study programme is discussed and decided with the Study Advisor who remains a reference point throughout the programme. The staff to student ratio is particularly low. Interaction during classes is informal and strongly encouraged. Besides direct interaction with the lecturer, classes are supported by PhD students and often post-docs. Interaction during the research project(s) is direct and informal and takes place within a small group of which an MSc student is integral part. There are regular group meetings. Interaction often extends outside office hours and incorporates social events.

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