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Astro-Particle Physics


Admission Requirements

Prior knowledge of Introductie Moderne Natuurkunde, Klassieke Mechanica a, Classical Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics 2.


This course focusses on the interplay between particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. The list of topics includes

  • particle interactions,

  • fundamental forces,

  • Big Bang,

  • cosmic microwave background,

  • Solar neutrinos,

  • cosmic rays,

  • high-energy gamma rays, and

  • cosmic neutrinos.

Course objectives

After successfully completing this course you will appreciate the role of the different forces in the Universe, you will be able to understand some of the macroscopic phenomena in terms of microscopic particles and you will have an overview of the experimental status in this field.


For detailed information go to Timetable in Brightspace

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have successfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go to the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of Instruction

Eight courses of two hours in which the various topics are presented and explained using slides that are available in Brightspace followed by tutorials of two hours in which various example questions can be studied and discussed.

Assessment method

There will be a written exam at the end of the lecture series with questions covering the research aspects of this lecture series. The book quoted below as well as the slides presented durting the lecture series can be used during the exam.

Reading list

Second Edition
Lars Bergström and Ariel Goobar
Slides presented during the lecture series (available in Brightspace)


As a student, you are responsible for registering on time, i.e. 14 days before the start of the course. This can be done via Mystudymap. You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2. Please note: late registration is not possible.

Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from July; registration for courses in the second semester is possible from December. For more information, see this page

In addition, it is mandatory for all students to register for exams. This can be done up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the exam or up to five calendar days in case of a retake exam. You cannot participate in the exam or retake without a valid registration in My Studymap.


Contact details lecturer: Prof.dr. Maarten de Jong