Research in Physics, Cosmology

Leiden University

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
19100 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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In the field of cosmology we look for scientific answers to the most fundamental questions that one can ask : Where do we come from? How did the Universe start? How did it evolve and where does it go? At the Leiden University we offer a master degree in 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 which 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.

Why study Research in Physics, Cosmology at Leiden University?

  • The core elements of this specialisation are theory, data analysis and numerical simulations, with research on the origin of dark matter as one of the highlights.
  • The programme is offered in close collaboration with the internationally renowned research institute Leiden Observatory.
  • This Cosmology specialisation is part of the Leiden Sitter programme, where you can follow an integrated master and PhD programme.


Accredited by: NVAO in: the Netherlands

Programme Structure

The curriculum of this master’s specialisation consists of:

  • Courses 
  • Mandatory
  • Electives 
  • Research 
  • First research project 
  • Master’s project in Cosmology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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 recommendation
  • Placement letter

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19100 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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