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Physics - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Research in Physics, Cosmology (MSc)

In the field of cosmology we look for scientific answers to the most fundamental questions that one can ask : Where do we come from? How did the Universe start? How did it evolve and where does it go?

What does this master’s programme entail?

Cosmology is positioned at the interface between Theoretical Physics and Observational Astronomy. This specialisation is offered in collaboration with the also internationally well-known Leiden Observatory. It covers research subject like: observations of the universe with state-of-the-art telescopes on Earth and in space, supercomputer simulations of the origin of structure, Theoretical Physics study of the Hot Big Bang, the expanding universe, and inflation are providing a consistent picture of our universe which is quite precise, yet full of unknown physics waiting to be discovered. Research in this area is moving fast, and requires familiarity with current theoretical ideas as well as a basic understanding of the data. The overall aim is to train you in this exciting research field, preferably in an integrated Cosmology master’s and PhD degree programme.

Read more about the Cosmology programme.

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Why study Research in Physics, Cosmology at Leiden University?

  • The core elements of this specialisation are theory, data analysis and numerical simulations, with research on the origin of dark matter as one of the highlights.
  • The programme is offered in close collaboration with the internationally renowned research institute Leiden Observatory.
  • This Cosmology specialisation is part of the Leiden Sitter programme, where you can follow an integrated master and PhD programme.

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Research in Physics, Cosmology: the right master’s programme for you?

If you are a theoretical-oriented student who would like to discover all aspects of modern astrophysics - which includes observation, interpretation, simulation and theory, this is the right 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.

Read more about the entry requirements for Cosmology.

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