Casimir pre-PhD programme

In collaboration with the Leiden Institute of Physics, a special programme – the Casimir pre-PhD programme – prepares MSc students for PhD positions at the Delft Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) or elsewhere. It is also designed to respond to the increased mobility of students after starting an MSc programme. The programme takes the form of a particular set of modules and research experience in more than one department. Admittance to this programme is subject to a selection process.
For a limited number of students within the programme, a PhD position is guaranteed: upon successfully completing the programme, candidates can compete for a special Casimir PhD grant. This grant (availability limited) guarantees a PhD position in a research group of choice at either the Delft Kavli Institute of Nanoscience or the Leiden Institute of Physics. For the other students completing the Casimir programme, PhD job prospects are also very good.

In 2004, Leiden University and TU Delft established the Casimir graduate school for PhD students at the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience in Delft and the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION). The research within the school is grouped into six themes, each covering theoretical, experimental and applied research areas at both Leiden and Delft.

If you are an Applied Physics student at Delft and wish to follow the Casimir programme, inform the programme coordinator that you are interested in doing so during your first semester. After the first examination period in January, a special committee consisting of staff members from both Leiden and Delft will decide on admission to the programme. If you are not admitted, you can continue with the general Applied Physics programme without incurring delays.

In addition to your thesis project, you will do two smaller research projects in different groups (and preferably at different universities) and write a PhD research proposal. The students who write the best proposals are awarded a fully-funded 4-year PhD position in a research group of their choice at either Delft or Leiden. The requirements and procedure are described here.

The programme and all modules are described in detail in the study guide.