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Physics - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

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

About the programme

The research in Biological- and Soft-Matter Physics specialisation consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System (EC) points and includes electives (60 EC) and two research projects (60 EC).

Programme overview

The two-year Master of Science programme is divided approximately 50/50 between experimental research and theoretical courses. The curriculum of the Biological- and Soft-Matter specialisations consists of:

  • Mandatory courses (18 EC)
  • Electives (45 EC)
  • Two research projects (24 and 36 EC)

At the start of the Master’s programme, you are required to create a study plan: this plan includes a complete list of planned courses and projects for two subsequent academic years in consultation with the Study Advisor Physics.

Read more about the programme outline and courses

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Working groups
  • Presentations
  • Individual papers
  • Colloquium
  • Lab work
  • Literature study

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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