Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics, M.Sc. | Leiden University | Leiden, Netherlands
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Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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This Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics MSc programme connects to the Leiden University research programme on quantum optics and quantum matter. You will learn how fascinating material properties emerge from a combination of quantum mechanical confinement, electron-electron interaction, and/or the electron spin property. 


This Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics MSc programme at Leiden University is the right 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. You are thrilled by the possibility to contribute to this knowledge in an intense research environment.

Why study Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics at Leiden University?

  • The programme covers major current research themes, such as advanced condensed matter physics, superconductivity, molecular electronics, quantum optics and quantum information, and strong photon-matter interaction. Experimental methods taught in the programme include break junction spectroscopy, scanning tunneling spectroscopy, low-energy electron microscopy, and magnetic resonance force microscopy. Various of these techniques have been developed or significantly improved in Leiden.
  • The programme provides you with a thorough hands-on research training in the field of ‘Quantum Matter and Optics’, acquired during two experimental projects, performed in a master-apprentice setting. Here, you will be part of one of our excellent research groups, allowing you to push the boundaries of knowledge yourself.
  • In this programme you have ample opportunities to design your own study path; 45 EC of the programme consists of electives.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantum Information
  • Quantum Theory
  • Statistical Physics
  • Advanced Optics
  • Complex Networks (BM)
  • Effective Field Theory
  • Frontiers of Measurement Techniques
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Quantum Algorithms
  • Computational Physics
  • Molecular Electronics 
  • Physics and Classical /Quantum Information

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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