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Physics - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics (MSc)

Why Leiden University?

The Physics and Quantum Matter and Optics specialisation is one of the two programmes Leiden offers in experimental physics. The programme can be tailored to individual needs and interests.

Experimental Physics in Quantum Matter and Optics

Experimental physics research in the domain and Quantum Matter and Optics offers comprehensive coverage of major current research themes, such as scanning probe techniques based on atomic force and scanning tunnelling microscopy, molecular electronics, oxide electronics, superconductivity, quantum information, plasmonics and nanomechanics. This specialisation offers its own set of courses that is dedicated yet flexible enough to modify where needed.  

Education at a world class research institute

The Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) is one of the oldest physics institutes in the Netherlands. Renowned physicist like Lorentz, Kamerlingh-Onnes, Zeeman and van der Waals obtained their breakthrough results while working in Leiden.For over a century, many eminent scientists have been and are associated to LION as staff members, alumni and guests.  Building on this tradition, we perform physics research and provide physics education at the highest level. Therefore you can expect excellent education and cutting edge research in Physics during your master’s programme.

Access to top research facilities

The Leiden Institute of Physics has access to a number of key facilities which enables our research groups and therefor students to do their innovatory research. Leiden Physicists  have access to facilities such as scanning probes and electron microscopes for atomic-scale imaging, low temperature setups (including one with a base temperature of 10 mK), a 3D printer at nanometer scale, a cleanroom, and numerous lasers, optical components, and (single-photon) optical detectors.

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Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is a first-class research faculty with an excellent position in the basic disciplines of science. The current research and education programmes span the entire spectrum of science ranging from Mathematics and Statistical Science, Computer Science and Data Science, Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry and Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Our science community is driven by their curiosity and desire to increase basic knowledge, for science and to contribute to the great societal challenges of today and tomorrow. Core values are scientific impact, technological innovation and relevance to society. 

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings and we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.

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