Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #67 (WUR) ,
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.



  • Physics and Education (MSc)
  • Physics and Science Communication and Society (MSc)
  • Physics and Business Studies (MSc)
  • Research in Physics, Biological and Soft Matter Physics (MSc)
  • Research in Physics, Cosmology (MSc)
  • Research in Physics, pre-PhD ('Casimir') (MSc)
  • Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics (MSc)
  • Research in Physics, theoretical (MSc)

What does this master’s programme entail?

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.

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 can either build a purely academic profile, or you may combine  physics research with education, business studies or science communication.
  • 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. Your weekly routine includes attending colloquia of international speakers, partaking in symposia and participating in lively scientific discussions.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

  • Theoretical Physics: you follow a two-year programme constisting of 3/5ths of coursework and one 9month long project that prepares you for scientific research towards a PhD in a broad range of topics in theoretical Physics.
  • Quantum Matter and Optics: you follow a programme in experimental physics constisting of 50% course work and 2 research projects in Condensed Matter problems.
  • Biological and Soft Matter Physics: you follow a programme in experimental physics consisting of 50% coursework and 2 research projects in Biophysics or Soft Matter.
  • Cosmology: You follow a joined programme with the department of Astronomy where you cover all aspects of modern astrophysics and carry out research projects tackling observation, interpretation, simulation and theory.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Students holding a BSc degree in physics from any university in the Netherlands will be admitted to the programme. For all other candidates, the Board of Admissions will judge the equivalence to this BSc degree of their previous training. Notably, applicants with a major in physics will be considered.
  • Students with a higher professional education (hbo) degree in a related field of science may be considered. For more information, please contact the study adviser.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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