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Physics - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

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.

Programme overview

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.

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. 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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