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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

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

Other Master Physics specialisations

Research Specialisations
Biological and Soft Matter Physics
Casimir pre-PhD
Quantum Matter and Optics
Theoretical Physics
Interdisciplinary Specialisations
Science-Based Business
Science Communication and Society

Physics: Research in Physics, Cosmology

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory Courses

Academic and Professional Skills 3
Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 6
Origin and Evolution of the Universe 6
Origin and Structure of the Standard Model 3
Particle Physics and Early Universe 3
Quantum Theory 6
Theory of General Relativity 6

Elective courses from the MSc Physics or MSc Astronomy programme, of which ≥ 12 EC must be Cosmology courses:

Black Holes and Gravitational Waves 3
Computational Astrophysics 6
Databases and Data Mining in Astronomy 3
Effective Field Theory 3

Research Project 1 (30 EC)

Research Project 2 (30 EC)