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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.
MSc Casimir Pre Phd (2 study projects 8 EC; 1 research project 36 EC) conditions:

  • The projects must always be pre-approved by the Casimir coordinator Dr. 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 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


Quantum Matter and Optics

Theoretical Physics

Interdisciplinary Specialisations


Business Studies

Science Communication and Society

Physics: Research in Physics, Casimir pre-PhD

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory Courses 18 EC

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

Electives 42 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

Foundational courses

Advanced Electrodynamics

Advanced Solid State Physics

Continuum Physics

Topical courses

Evolution and Engineering of living systems

Fundamentals of Quantum Information

Mesoscopic Physics

Molecular Electronics

[Physics of Semiconductor Nanodevices]

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

Study Projects 16 EC

Study Projects > 2 x 8 EC projects

PhD Research Proposal 8 EC

Career Perspective