Courses & Internships

We are involved in a number of courses in the Department of Physics and the Graduate School of Life Sciences. You can find more information about the courses themselves via the university homepage or  our ‘virtual learning environment’ Blackboard.

Bachelor Courses

Advanced Mechanics (NS-350B, 7.5 EC, block 2)

The course is taught by Deb Panja and Gerhard Blab. While a level-3 (advanced) course, it is also open for second-year students. The course language is English.  In this course, you will:

  1. Learn the basic principles of (advanced) classical mechanics
  2. When given a problem to solve, be able to recognize the physical principle(s) pertinent to the problem, and apply the appropriate tools to arrive at a solution

The course builds upon the knowledge gathered from the earlier course classical mechanics (NS-106B). In the present course the students will get familiarized with advanced concepts that they will also encounter further along in their physics curriculum (quantum mechanics, statistical physics, general relativity, …).

Experimental Research Internship (NS-276B, 7.5 EC, block 4)

Between the lab-classes in the first year, and the (experimental) bachelor thesis, this second year course gives you the opportunity to get acquainted hands-on with the ongoing research in the department. Students will do two short internships with local research groups, where they have to do a 1 week research project, analyse their results and write a scientific report or give a presentation on their findings. Please be aware that the number of participants is limited!

Master Courses

Master Experimental Physics: Topics in Light- and Electron Microscopy (NS-NM433M)

The course is taught by Marijn van Huis, Gerhard Blab, and Hans Gerritsen, and combines the theoretical basics of light and electron microscopy (advanced optics, diffraction, tomography, etc.) with an overview of their applications, guest lectures by experts, and a short research project in which you will apply your new-found knowledge.


A course organized by dr. Lukas Kapitein, focussing on (fluorescent) microscopy in Life Sciences. The topic of Super-resolution microscopy is covered by Gerhard Blab.

Master MCLS: Qbio Spring Course

The Quantitative Bioimaging Spring Course is related the the Qbio Honours programme. We organise a day in this course on measuring molecular interactions using fluorescence, and the limits and pitfalls of turning (imaging) data into valid scientific information.

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