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Physics (MSc)

Why Leiden University?

World-class research is integral part of the master’s education. You obtain a Physics degree from an institute with an international reputation. Research in this programme is fundamental and curiosity-driven.

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.

Broad spectrum of research topics

Research at LION covers a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from cosmology to the mechanics of DNA, from the physics of jamming in granular materials to quantum nano-science, from protein folding to superlubricity. All topics are covered by joined efforts in theory and experiment. Further, the development of novel world-class instrumentation is signature for LION’s experimental research effort. During your research project you will participate in one of our research groups. Many master’s students obtain their degree with a publication in an international refereed journal.

Experimental and Theoretical Physics

Experimental physics research covers two domains: Biological and Soft Matter, and Quantum Matter and Optics. The Instituut-Lorentz is the home of theoretic physics that tacles topics as diverse as condensed matter, biophysics, string theory, and cosmology. It is our aim to have parallel theoretical and experimental activities in those research areas that we cover. There is close collaboration of theorists with experimentalists on many of the topics.

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 at every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings aand we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.
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