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Physics: Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics

Programme Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics

Below you will find the outline for the specialisation progamme Research Quantum Matter and Optics.
With regard to electives you have the option to choose electives from related study programmes. Always consult your Study Advisor Physics for advice.
There are a few electives that will be offered next year (with reservations).These electives can be found in the appendix of the Course and Examination Regulations of the Physics master 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

Other Master Physics specialisations

Research Specialisations

Biological and Soft Matter Physics

Casimir pre-PhD


Theoretical Physics

Interdisciplinary Specialisations


Business Studies

Science Communication and Society

Physics: Research in Physics, Quantum Matter and Optics

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory Courses 18 EC

Quantum Information 3
Quantum Theory 6
Statistical Physics a 6
Academic and Professional Skills (Science) 3

Electives 42 EC - select from MSc Physics courses of which ≥ 12 EC from Quantum Matter and Optics courses below

Advanced Optics 6
Complex Networks (BM) 6
Effective Field Theory 3
Frontiers of Measurement Techniques 3
Condensed Matter Physics 6
Statistical Physics b 3
Applied Quantum Algorithms 6
Computational Physics (3 EC) 3
Computational Physics (6 EC) 6
Molecular Electronics (in collaboration with Delft) 6
Physics and Classical /Quantum Information
Quantum Optics 6
Superconductivity 3
Theory of Condensed Matter 6
Topics in Theoretical Physics: 6

QMO courses offered by other departments

Automated Machine Learning 6
Introduction to Deep Learning 6
Introduction to Machine Learning 6
Nanotechnology (Delft) 6
Statistical learning 6
Advances in Deep Learning 6
Reinforcement Learning 6
Surface Science (SUS) 6

Research Project 1 (24 EC)

Research= 20 EC
Thesis= 3 EC
Presentation = 1 EC

Research Project 2 (36 EC)

Research = 30 EC
Thesis = 4 EC
Presentation = 2 EC

Career Perspective