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What will I learn?

This Casimir pre-PhD 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.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In collaboration with the Delft Kavli Institute of Nanoscience we offer a 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.

Why choose the Casimir pre-PhD programme at Leiden University?

  • The Casimir pre-PhD programme combines courses from Leiden and Delft and enables you to gain research experience in more than one department. You will have the opportunity to participate in an honours programme and to work in research groups in Leiden and in Delft.
  • You will conduct research within the six research themes. These are Molecular Biophysics, Physics of nanostructures, Quantum Matter and Functional Materials, Quantum Information and quantum optics, Universe physics; theory and instrumentation, and Dynamic Complex Systems.

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.

Career prospects

With your Physics degree you are well prepared for a career in research. The programme specifically serves as a stepping stone for graduates with ambition and aspiration to pursue a PhD degree.

After graduating you will have excellent knowledge of fundamental Physics and highly developed research skills. You will be a creative and independent scientist who is ready to continue in research. Or ready to work in high-tech industry, software and consultancy companies worldwide, or a career as a teacher, science communicator or science policy maker. The research specialisations are an excellent stepping-stone for graduates with the ambition and aspiration to pursue a PhD degree.

After completing the Physics master's programme you will have a broad array of career prospects. All students with a Master of Science in Physics are admissible to a PhD programme. If you have the desire to apply your knowledge of Physics outside the university, there are ample job possibilities in high-tech industry, software and consultancy companies worldwide, or a career as a teacher, science communicator or science policy maker.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,31,018) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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