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Research in Physics, Biological and Soft Matter Physics (MSc)

In the master’s programme Physics and Biological and Soft Matter specialisation you will focus on understanding the principles, which determine the characteristics of soft materials like foam, and that of biological processes occurring in cells and tissue.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Research within the Physics and Biological and Soft Matter specialisation is typically performed at the interface of medical, biological, chemical and physical sciences.

The programme covers two themes:

  1. Biological Physics is concerned with physical processes of biomolecules, the emerging properties that evolve in cells, and the control of cell function by signalling.
  2.  Soft Matter Physics concentrates on the mechanical and geometrical properties of soft media such as granular matter or foam, and on self-assembly in soft-matter systems. 

Read more about the Physics and Biological and Soft Matter programme.


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Why study Biological- and Soft-Matter Physics at Leiden University?

  • The specialisation provides you with research training with a particular focus on biological- and soft-matter physics.
  • In this programme you have ample of opportunities to design your own study path; 45 EC of the programme consists of electives.
  • The research groups involved in this programme are part of the Leiden University Cell Observatory, a multidisciplinary endeavour in which scientists from physics, biology and medical sciences share laboratories and equipment to work on challenging problems in the health sciences. You will do your research in this inspiring environment.

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Research in Biological- and Soft-Matter Physics: the right master’s programme for you?

Biological- and Soft-Matter Physics is the right master’s programme for you if you are interested in experimental Physics and applied life-science research. This programme guarantees a thorough experience at the frontline of physics research with a practical training of communicative and computer skills.

Read more about the entry requirements for Physics and Biological and Soft Matter.

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