Research in Physics, pre-PhD ('Casimir') (MSc)
About the programme
The Casimir pre-PhD specialisation programme consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System (EC) points and includes mandatory courses, electives, a research project, study project and a writing proposal.
The Casimir specialisation programme comprises:
- Mandatory courses (15 EC)
- Electives (45 EC)
- Research project (36 EC)
- Study Projects (16 EC)
- Writing a research proposal (8 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.
- Working groups
- Individual papers
- Lab work
- Literature study
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. 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.