KU Leuven

24 months
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This Physics master’s programme at KU Leuven 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.


The Master in Physics at KU Leuven 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.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have acquired skills including the ability to make sound judgments informed by current research, the ability to solve physical problems, and exhibit critical understanding of the role that physics plays in society today, as well as communication and team working skills.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Historical and Social Aspects of Physics
  • Relativity
  • Advanced Solid State Physics
  • Advanced Nuclear Physics
  • Advanced Soft and Biomatter Physics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

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