• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master of Physics trains you to be fully competent and capable of working in research institutes, corporate environments, or the social profit sector. The programme allows you to specialise in condensed matter physics, nuclear physics or theoretical physics. You will obtain thorough training in physics and  insight into the current status of physics research. 


The Master of Science in Physics (120 ECTS) is a research based master’s programme in which you can master the skills demanded by the field, and specialise in one of three major research profiles:

  • Condensed Matter Physics: Cluster Physics, Surface and Interface Physics, Correlated Electron Systems, Semiconductor Physics, Soft Matter Physics, Physics of Biosystems;
  • Nuclear Physics: Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Structure of Exotic Nuclei: Decay, Reactions and Laser Spectroscopy, Theoretical Nuclear Physics
  • Theoretical Physics: Complex Systems, Cosmology, Mathematical Physics, String Theory.

Moreover, through the choice of the Research option or the option Physics in Society, you are introduced in the professional life of a physicist. 

The programme aims to train physicists capable of working in research institutes, corporate environments or social profit sector. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will have acquired:

  • thorough knowledge of physics in general as well as more in-depth knowledge of at least one specialised area;
  • the ability to make sound judgments informed by current research;
  • the ability to gain new insights and results and to develop new methods;
  • the ability to solve physical problems using the most appropriate experimental and/or theoretical methods and to report on research findings;
  • the ability to structure and analyse specific problems in different situations;
  • strong teamwork skills;
  • the ability to communicate findings and insights;
  • a critical understanding of the role that physics plays in society.


  • During your master’s thesis you will perform original research as a member of one of the research teams of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
  • The master’s programme is taught by leading international experts in their field.
  • The academic staff and students at the Department of Physics and Astronomy offer you an international and approachable atmosphere.
Career perspectives

Many research positions are available in this field, and more than half the students obtaining a master’s degree in physics eventually start a PhD programme in one of the department’s research groups.

A number of graduates prefer to pursue a second master’s degree. There are excellent career opportunities in ICT, material research, electronics, consulting, government, banking, social profit sector, and within higher education.

The Master of Physics is offered at KU Leuven.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

After a semester with advanced courses in different disciplines of physics, you choose a major research specialisation consisting of advanced and specialised courses and a master’s thesis of 30 ECTS.

The remaining 30 ECTS allow you to follow one of two options:

  • The Research Option prepares you for a career in academia or industry, and you broaden your research skills by choosing a minor research domain, complemented by a research internship, or other courses.
  • The Physics in Society Option offers you the opportunity to prepare for a career outside academia, through courses in entrepreneurship, or via an internship.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Bachelor of Physics, bachelor degrees with a minor Physics, Astronomy, obtained outside the Flemish Community or other degrees will be admitted on individual basis.
  • Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. 
  • For applicants from outside Belgium, comparability of the diploma is not always easily established. Therefore we ask you to upload the following documents with your application: scans of transcripts and diplomas & additional documentation
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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