Physics, M.Sc.

Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Master of Science in Physics (120 ECTS) at KU Leuven is a research-based master’s programme in which you can specialize in the following fields of physics: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.

About

What is the Master of Physics at KU Leuven all about?

The programme aims to train physicists capable of working in research institutes or corporate environments. 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 specialized 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.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Career perspectives

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at KU Leuven generates substantial research funding. Consequently, many research positions are available, 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, with medical radiation physics, environmental sciences, and statistics as the most popular subjects. There are also excellent career opportunities in industry (ICT, material research, electronics), consulting, government, banking (statistics), and higher education. Unemployment is nonexistent among newly graduated physicists.

Programme Structure

Courses:
  • Lasers and Laser Spectroscopy 
  • Physics of Beam-Solid Interactions 
  • Hyperfine Interactions 
  • Theory of Nucleosynthesis 
  • Theoretical Nuclear Physics 
  • Research Methods in Nuclear Physics 
  • Radiation Protection 

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 24 months
            • Credits
              120 ECTS
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

            You only need to take one of these language tests:

            • Minimum required score:

              94

              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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            • Minimum required score:

              7

              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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            Academic 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.

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              906 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
            • EU/EEA Applies to you

              906 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 906 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.

            Funding

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