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Physics: Research in Physics, Casimir pre-PhD

Programme Research in Physics, pre-PhD (Casimir)

Below you will find the outline for the specialisation progamme pre-PhD Casimir.
With regard to electives students are allowed to take up to 6EC from another program. The rest must be from the list of courses under Physics. 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 Course and Examination Regulations available on the menu on the right.

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 for two subsequent academic years in consultation with the Study Advisor Physics

Other Master Physics specialisations

Research Specialisations Biological and Soft Matter Physics Cosmology Quantum Matter and Optics Theoretical Physics
Interdisciplinary Specialisations Education Business Studies Science Communication and Society

Physics: Research in Physics, Casimir pre-PhD

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory Courses 15 EC

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

Electives 45 EC:

1.Select form Casimir pre-PhD courses in Delft and/or
2.Select from MSc Physics courses -see specialisations

1.Electives form Casimir pre-PhD courses in Delft

Foundation courses

Advanced Electrodynamics

Advanced Solid State Physics

Continuum Physics

Topic related courses

Evolution and Engineering of living systems

Fundamentals of Quantum Information

Mesoscopic Physics

Molecular Electronics

Quantum Communication and Cryptography

Quantum Hardware

Quantum Optics and Lasers

The origins in Life

Topology in Condensed Matter


Computational Physics (3 EC)

Computational Physics (6 EC)

Electronics for Quantum Computing

Molecular Electronics


2.Electives from MSc Physics Courses

Master specialisation Biological and Soft Matter Physics

Master specialisation Cosmology

Master specialisation Quantum Matter and Optics

Master specialisation Theoretical Physics

Research project Physics 36 EC

Research = 30 EC, Thesis = 4 EC, Presentation =2 EC
MSc Casimir Pre Phd (2 study projects 8 EC; 1 research project 36EC):

  • The projects must always be pre-approved by the Casimir coordinator (Luca Giomi).

  • The 2 study projects must have different supervisors

  • One of the 2 study projects must be experimental, the other must be theoretical or mixed theoretical-experimental

  • The 36 EC research project can be either experimental or theoretical or mixed theoretical-experimental.

  • The 8 EC study projects in the Casimir pre-PhD specialization receive one combined grade for the research and presentation (oral or written or both).

  • Occasionally a theoretical research project can be a continuation of the theoretical study project and combined into one 44 EC research project, with special permission from the Casimir coordinator (Luca Giomi).

  • Data analysis may be part of the project, but the essence/main goal must be physics.

Study Projects 16 EC

Study Projects > 2 x 8 EC projects

Writing Proposal 8 EC