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Physics: Research in Physics, pre-PhD ('Casimir')

Leiden University

Master Postgraduate Leiden

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Mathematics, natural sciences and computer science
Course summary This programme guarantees a solid grounding at the leading edge of the physical sciences both experimentally and theoretically, complemented by practical training in communication and computer skills.
Course description In collaboration with the Delft Kavli Institute of Nanosccience we offer the Casimir pre-PhD specialisation – which prepares and educates you for PhD positions at one of the two research institutes or elsewhere. The programme places strong emphasis on working in a research environment, in particular within the six themes of the Research Schools. A selection will take place for admittance to this programme. All students within the programme will write a research proposal: upon successfully completing the programme, candidates can compete for a special Casimir PhD grant. The programme is aimed at students who intend to acquire a PhD-position after receiving their master's degree. Almost all of the students participating in this programme choose to pursue a PhD and have no problem whatsoever to find a PhD position. The programme is not open to everyone: students can express an interest in this 'honours programme' and have to meet several requirements along the way. Selection is done in March.
Study subjects For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: The subjects can vary from year to year.
Course objectives Key elements of the programme are the particular set of courses and gaining research experience in more than one department.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes colloquium, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, laboratory work, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, working group, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Science
Information about the institution High-quality education, a broad choice of programmes and all complemented with personal support make Leiden University the perfect option for successfully taking your studies to the next level.


Admission requirements
  1. BSc degree in Physics or a relevant field (see website
  2. See website for details.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL computer based 232
TOEFL internet based 90
TOEFL paper based 575
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 15 Jun 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Sep 2020 15 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083€ 18300n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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study info

Telephone number +31 (071)5271111
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