• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Physics and Astronomy students at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) attend lectures, exercises, lab sessions and excursions in small groups. There is room for interaction and discussion, and a low threshold for students to actively participate. This programme pays special attention to critical analysis.


Are you interested in theoretical and/or experimental research of elementary particles, stars and the universe? Do you want to attend lectures by Nobel Prize laureates and other internationally renowned researchers during your education? Do you want to participate actively in the latest, innovative experiments at CERN or on Antarctica? Do you aspire to have a career in academia, industry, banking, in the medical sector or education?

The Master Degree in Physics and Astronomy is offered by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

First step in the market

Physicists and astronomers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will have obtained versatile and easily applicable knowledge. They will have acquired useful skills, which effortlessly land them a job in the most diverse sectors.

From research to industry

Many graduates hold a position in scientific research. Our alumni collaborate in the most recent scientific developments, both in Belgium and abroad.

Also in industry, physicists are in high demand. Their broad experience in modeling, statistics, ICT and problem-solving makes them desirable within research and development.

Several graduates in Physics end up in banking and finance. There they work for example on risk analyses and modeling of financial markets.


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is the drive to carry out your own independent project, a promoter, a challenging subject and a source of funding. 

International Opportunities

The fields of Physics and Astronomy are inherently international: the creation and dissemination of knowledge has taken place in international cooperations for generations.

Therefore, the Department of Physics strongly encourages students to be mobile, preferably by including an exchange period in your study programme. The flexibility of the Master in Physics and Astronomy facilitates a one-semester stay in another European country.

Within Europe, the Department of Physics has Erasmus+ mobility agreements with the following universities:


  • Université de Strasbourg


  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam


  • Universitat de les Illes Balears


  • Chalmers University of Technology


The programme is accredited by NVAO (the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • High-Energy Astrophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Subatomic Physics II
  • General Relativity
  • Master Thesis Physics and Astronomy
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

General required documents:

  • passport
  • picture
  • bachelor degree (or enrollment certificate when you are in your final year of studies)
  • transcript of records
  • proof of English-language proficiency

Extra documents:

  • motivation letter
  • 2 reference letters (written by an academic)

Chinese nationals:

  • all documents als stated above +
  • APS certificate

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2950 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2950 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    939 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 939 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Brussels

  • 885 - 1310 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor – Academic Staff), in various regions, both for short and longer stays.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.