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What will I learn?

Theoretical Physics is at the core of our scientific enquiry into the fundamental properties of the physical world. It aims to describe and understand a broad range of physical phenomena through a variety of analytical concepts and methods, and by encoding them into mathematical language.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The Research in Theoretical Physics master’s programme is specifically designed at preparing you for a career in scientific research in fundamental physics. Its primary aim is to allow you to continue towards a PhD in a broad range of topics. Leiden University's MSc program stands out in that we emphasize an education focused on the core of Theoretical Physics used in widely differing subdisciplines from High Energy Particle Physics and Cosmology, to Theoretical Physics of Life Processes and Condensed Matter Theory. The MSc student is free to tailor his/her study program to the specific directions of interest, while simultaneously learning the wide applicability of universal Theoretical Physics concepts in other directions.

About the programme

The master’s specialisation Theoretical Physics consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System (EC) points and includes electives (60 EC) and two research programmes (30 EC each).

Programme overview

The research specialisations Theoretical Physics consist of two components: courses and research. The programme consists of:

  • Mandatory courses (30 EC)
  • Electives (42 EC EC)
  • Research projects (48 EC)

At the start of the Master’s programme, students 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

The Theoretical Physics specialisation prepares you for a career in industrial research and performing problem solving tasks. The master degree is an excellent stepping stone for pursuing a PhD degree.

After graduating you will have excellent knowledge of theoretical Physics and highly developed research skills. You will be a creative and independent scientist who is ready to continue in research. Theoretical physics are in high demand in a range of professions because of their imagination, versatility and analytical skills. You can also 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.

Career

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

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

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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