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Physics: Research in Physics, Cosmology

Structure of the Programme

The Cosmology specialisation is positioned at the interface between Theoretical Physics and Observational Astronomy, and is offered jointly with the department of Astronomy. Characteristic elements of the specialisation are theory, data handling, and numerical simulations. It prepares the student for scientific research towards the PhD in a range of topics. The MSc graduate will also be well-equipped for industrial research or other problem-solving tasks that demand strong analytical, computational, and problem-solving skills. This 2-year programme is offered in collaboration with the De Sitter programme

Study Plan

At the start of the Master’s programme, students are required to create a study plan: this plan includes a complete list of planned courses and projects for two subsequent academic years in consultation with the Study Advisor Physics

Learn more

For more information on the specific requirements of this specialisation, see the appendix of the Course and Examination Regulations of the Physics master programme

Other Master Physics specialisations

Research Specialisations

Biological and Soft Matter Physics

Casimir pre-PhD

Quantum Matter and Optics

Theoretical Physics

Interdisciplinary Specialisations


Business Studies

Science Communication and Society

Physics: Research in Physics, Cosmology

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Origin and Evolution of the Universe 6
Origin and Structure of the Standard Model 3
Quantum Theory 6
Theory of General Relativity 6
Academic and Professional Skills (Science) 3
Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 6
Particle Physics and Early Universe 3

Electives 27 EC - select from MSc Physics courses or MSc Astronomy of which ≥ 12 EC from the Cosmology courses below

Effective Field Theory 3
Statistical Physics a 6
Gravitational Lensing 3
Simulation and Modeling in Astrophysics (AMUSE) 6
Modern Astrostatistics 3
Observational Cosmology 3
Theoretical Cosmology 3

Research Project Cosmology 1 (30 EC)

Research Project Cosmology 2 (30 EC)

Career Perspective