MSc and PhD programme


The de Sitter programme consists of a 2-year MSc and a 4-year PhD phase.

The MSc programme is a two-year degree, provided jointly by the Leiden astronomy and physics departments. It is fully embedded in the Leiden Astronomy and Theoretical Physics Masters degrees. The MSc programme consists of 50% coursework and 50% research projects undertaken under the supervision of academic research staff of both departments. De Sitter cosmology students take courses from a predefined menu, which covers the full spectrum from theoretical early universe physics to observational cosmology and astronomy. The two research projects done by de Sitter students will also have to cover practical and theoretical aspects of cosmology.

The current course offerings for MSc students can be found here.

The PhD programme is a four-year research studentship. Research topics should match with the research topics of participating faculty, but otherwise students are encouraged to help define their own projects as much as possible. PhD students are members of the departments of astronomy and physics, and to the extent possible will be co-located in shared offices. Access to many observing facilities, advanced computers, travel funds, as well as the vibrant research environments of both departments, is available to the PhD students.

The PhD programme is open to all candidates with the appropriate background (i.e. not only to people who have completed the MSc programme described above). In some cases, depending on their previous experience, PhD students may be required to take one or more MSc courses during their first year.

Applications for PhD Fellowships should be submitted through the Leiden Observatory PhD application page, mentioning the de Sitter programme in the cover letter. The next application deadline for all materials will be in December 2016.