M.Sc. On Campus

Research in Physics, theoretical

Leiden University

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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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. Apply to the Research in Physics, theoretical MSc programme at Leiden University.


The Research in Physics, theoretical MSc programme at Leiden University 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. Uniquely we offer advanced MSc courses organized by the Delta-Institute for Theoretical Physics --- a consortium of the Institutes for Theoretical Physics of Leiden, Amsterdam and Utrecht --- that accelerate the connection to the research frontier.

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.

Why study Research in Physics, theoretical at Leiden University?

  • You can choose your own direction within the core of Theoretical physics, with the confidence that you will be able to apply your learned knowledge in a far wider area then the immediate one in which it was introduced.
  • During the independent research project phase you become an integral part of the research environment at the Institute Lorentz for Theoretical Physics. You will have a desk at the institute, access to premier research level computing environment, and are encouraged and invited to participate in daily scientific life.
  • Despite its small size, the research at the Institute Lorentz for Theoretical Physics covers essentially all areas of theoretical Physics including string theory, particle physics, electron physics, econophysics, cosmology, biological physics, mesoscopic physics, soft and biomatter physics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Effective Field Theory
  • Quantum Information
  • Quantum Theory
  • Statistical Physics
  • Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics 
  • Complex Networks (BM)
  • Origin and Structure of the Standard Model
  • Soft and Biomatter Theory
  • Theory of General Relativity
  • Applied Quantum Algorithms

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • If you have a bachelor's degree in Physics (Natuurkunde) or a Physics-related programme from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply.
  • Admission is under the provision that you have sufficient in-depth knowledge, and theoretical/mathematical skills on topics like quantum physics, electrodynamics, statistical physics, and complex analysis, equivalent to those of the undergraduate courses of the Leiden BSc Physics curriculum. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

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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