Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

The Physics master's programme offers you a research-intensive tailor-made study path on current topics in experimental and theoretical physics at an institute of international renown.


typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
The Physics master's programme is intimately related to the scientific research carried out at the Leiden Institute of Physics. You will spend approximately 50% of your programme on research, as a member of one of our top-level international research groups. We offer five research specialisations, with emphasis on either experimental or theoretical physics, which train you as an independent researcher. We also offer three specialisations that put Physics in broader societal contexts and train you for careers where a Physics background is an asset. Each of these specialisations aims at providing a combination of research independence and content proficiency that fully prepares you for a successful professional development for your professional development.

Are you looking into furthering your education in fundamental questions in physics? Then our Physics master's programme is the right choice. Whether you are interested in experimental or theoretical research, or cosmology, we offer it all. You will be trained for a career in research within or outside academia.
Discover why our students choose the Physics master's programme

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Why study Physics at Leiden University?
  • The programme offers a wide choice of individual study paths that take into account individual needs and interests.
  • You will carry out at least one research project with one of the research groups of the Leiden Institute of Physics. Research at the department is at the forefront of fundamental modern Physics at an internationally competitive level.
  • At the Leiden Institute of Physics you experience an open, inclusive, and collegial atmosphere.


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specialisatie Research in Physics, experimental

This specialisation guarantees a thorough training in cutting-edge physics research.

The two-year programme is intended for students with a recognised education in physics or astronomy, including optics, quantum physics and electrodynamics on the bachelor level.
In this programme, you will obtain in-depth knowledge of physics research. Also, you will be trained in practical communicative and computer skills required to work in industry or academic research.

specialisatie Physics and Science-Based Business

Business Studies bridges science and business by focusing on areas such as technology management, innovation, entrepreneurship, operations and decision-making. In this master's specialisation you combine Physics research with Business Studies. You will learn about analytical frameworks and skills for managerial decision-making. The emphasis of the business specialisation is on the application of these frameworks and skills in the context of R&D-intensive organisations. After completion, you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to take on managerial responsibilities in your work.

Do you pursue a management career in industry from a physics research perspective? Do you want to learn all about technology commercialization and business development? Then, Physics and Business Studies is the master's specialisation of choice for you. It enables you to broaden your scope outside physics research. The specialisation offers training that is analytically rigorous and connected to practice through class discussions based on real-life business cases, company visits, guest speakers, and an internship experience.

specialisatie Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics

The programme covers two themes:

  • Condensed Matter Physics studies the electronic, optical and mechanical properties of quantum solids, typically on the nanometer scale and at low temperature. Research topics include superconductivity (discovered in Leiden), low-dimensional systems, molecular electronics, and strongly correlated materials. You will get familiar with the state-of-the-art experimental techniques that are at the core of the Leiden research programme.
  • Quantum Optics studies the quantum properties of light, entanglement and its role in photon-matter interaction, again typically on the nanometer scale. Research topics include photon detection, plasmonics, cavity quantum electrodynamics and quantum nanomechanics with the goal to create, manipulate, control and understand quantum systems that are at the heart of future quantum technologies.

This is the right master's programme for you if you are interested in current research themes in quantum matter and optics and experimental approaches to expand our knowledge in these fields. You are curiosity-driven and intrigued by quantum mechanics and its appearance in many state-of-the-art experiments.


Research within the Physics and Biological and Soft Matter specialisation is typically performed at the interface of medical, biological, chemical and physical sciences.

The programme covers two themes:

  • Biological Physics is concerned with physical processes of biomolecules, the emerging properties that evolve in cells, and the control of cell function by signalling.
  • Soft Matter Physics concentrates on the mechanical and geometrical properties of soft media such as granular matter or foam, and on self-assembly in soft-matter systems.

Biological and Soft-Matter Physics is the right master's programme for you if you are interested in experimental Physics and applied life-science research. This programme guarantees a thorough experience at the frontline of physics research with a practical training of communicative and computer skills.

specialisatie Physics and Science Communication and Society

Increasingly, the general public wants to be and needs to be informed about scientific topics. At the same time, scientists need to show accountability to the general public about their research. In this specialisation you bridge the gap between experts and the public by combining high quality research in physics with extensive training in science communication. After completion you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to either become science communicator with a strong physics background, or a physics researcher with a communicating mindset.

Do you want to bridge the gap between scientific research and the public? Do you want to combine high quality physics research with professional science communication? Then, this master's specialisation is an excellent opportunity for you. You will be prepared for a career as a science or health communicator, policy maker, PR officer, science journalist, health officer, museum educator or a researcher with a communicating mindset.

specialisatie Physics and Education

Physics and Education optimally prepares you to teach the subject of physics to secondary school students, based on a solid background of high quality research in physics. The programme comprises a one-year Physics component, followed by an education component in the second year. This master's specialisation uniquely enables you to make a relevant impact on society by educating today's secondary school pupils for tomorrow's challenges in the field of physics.

Do you want to fascinate our younger generations for the field of physics? Are you aiming for a career as a modern and flexible teacher? Then, the Physics and Education master's specialisation is the right choice for you. After completion, you will have obtained your teacher qualification, which is required for employment as a physics teacher in Dutch secondary schools. You can also participate in the World Teachers Programme for international teaching. As the main education component is taught in Dutch, all applicants must provide proof of proficiency in Dutch language.

specialisatie Research in Physics, theoretical

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.

Theoretical Physics is the study of choice if you want to obtain a thorough experience on the frontline of physics research and a practical training of communicative and computer skills required to function in any of the modern high demanding data oriented careers in industry, society and research. Part of the research will be developing theoretical models and simulations of physical systems across different length scales, from cosmology to quantum systems.

specialisatie Research in Physics, Cosmology

Cosmology is positioned at the interface between Theoretical Physics and Observational Astronomy. This specialisation is offered in collaboration with the also internationally well-known Leiden Observatory. It covers research subject like: observations of the universe with state-of-the-art telescopes on Earth and in space, supercomputer simulations of the origin of structure, Theoretical Physics study of the Hot Big Bang, the expanding universe, and inflation are providing a consistent picture of our universe that is quite precise, yet full of unknown physics waiting to be discovered.

Research in this area is moving fast, and requires familiarity with current theoretical ideas as well as a basic understanding of the data. The overall aim is to train you in this exciting research field, preferably in an integrated Cosmology master's and PhD degree programme.

If you are a theoretical-oriented student who would like to discover all aspects of modern astrophysics - which includes observation, interpretation, simulation and theory, this is the right specialisation.

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

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.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet25% zelfstudie
35% theorie
40% praktijk
colloquium, hoorcollege, individuele opdracht, laboratoriumwerk, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, practicum, project, stage, werkcollege, werkgroep, zelfstudie
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for. The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Students can apply who have:

  • Good study results in the bachelor's programme;
  • The ambition and motivation to develop leadership qualities;
  • A broad and interdisciplinary span of interest.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18300

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2021
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Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

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350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


92 studenten volgen deze opleiding
22% daarvan is vrouw
34 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
35% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


De Leidsche Flesch
De Leidsche Flesch is de studievereniging voor Natuurkunde, Sterrenkunde, Wiskunde en Informatica. De voornaamste doelen van De Leidsche Flesch zijn het bijdragen aan het contact tussen haar leden en de wetenschap en het bijdragen aan het contact tussen de leden onderling.
Deze dingen probeert ze te realiseren door een breed scala aan activiteiten te organiseren, zoals (lunch)lezingen, excursies, studiereizen, maar ook borrels, feesten, pubquizzen en allerlei andere dingen. Verder laten we de studenten alvast kennismaken met wat er allemaal mogelijk is na hun studie: behalve oriëntatie op mogelijkheden om door te gaan in het onderzoek laten we de leden ook kennismaken met het bedrijfsleven, d.m.v. bijvoorbeeld bedrijfslezingen of inhousedagen.

Voor de eerstejaars organiseert De Leidsche Flesch elk begin van het collegejaar het eerstejaarsweekend. Dit weekend biedt eerstejaars de mogelijkheid om kennis te maken met elkaar en met de vereniging. Het eerstejaarsweekend vindt plaats in het weekend na de eerste twee collegeweken.

Verder is er bij De Leidsche Flesch de mogelijkheid om zelf dingen te organiseren door in een commissie te gaan, of je kan je aansluiten bij een gilde.

Een ander belangrijk aspect - en tevens voor velen een reden om lid te worden - van De Leidsche Flesch waar elk lid van profiteert is de boekenactie. Twee keer per jaar organiseert De Leidsche Flesch een boekenactie, waarbij alle leden hun boeken gemakkelijk en met korting via internet bij ons kunnen bestellen.

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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1/11 Universiteit Leiden
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
34 eerstejaars
35% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/11 Universiteit Leiden
Physics and Business Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
34 eerstejaars
35% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/11 Universiteit Leiden
Physics and Education (NL)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
34 eerstejaars
35% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
50% Nederlandstalig
50% Engelstalig
4/11 Universiteit Leiden
Research in Physics, pre-PhD ('Casimir')
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
34 eerstejaars
35% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
5/11 Universiteit Leiden
Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
34 eerstejaars
35% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/11 Universiteit Leiden
Physics and Science Communication and Society
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
34 eerstejaars
35% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
7/11 Universiteit Leiden
Research in Physics, Cosmology
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
34 eerstejaars
35% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
8/11 Universiteit Leiden
Research in Physics, theoretical
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
34 eerstejaars
35% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
9/11 Universiteit Leiden
Research in Physics, Biological and Soft Matter Physics
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
34 eerstejaars
35% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
10/11 RUG
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
2 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
11/11 Amsterdam VU
Physics & Astronomy
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
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Physics aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 39 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.9 uit 5.

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