M.Sc. Physics

University of Antwerp

Application deadline: Non-EEA: 28 February; EEA: 30 April
Tuition fee:
  • € 890 / Year (EEA)
  • € 2,830 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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In this programme, you will acquire knowledge in fundamental physics, material sciences, nanosciences and computational methods. Moreover, you will gain various competences through the advanced practicals and workshops proposed within the programme, all beneficial for your future professional activities.

This Master of Science programme is built upon the following standpoints:

  • Progress in nanoscience and nanotechnology can only be made after detailed understanding of underlying fundamental nanophysics.
  • Proper training in nanophysics, preparatory for R&D work in nanotechnology, requires a period of two years.
  • Proper training in nanophysics demands access to different visions and different approaches even within same topics.

To comprise the above goals, our courses in fundamental nanophysics and its applications in material science are organised in a full, two-year master programme, in collaboration with several other scientific institutions.

Your future

All the acquired competences in the Master will contribute to the easy integration of the graduates in the academic world, the European R&D base, as well as in the private job market. A large fraction of our graduates continue their education in a PhD programme, but many of them also find careers in private companies (as scientists, engineers or managers) and teaching institutions.


Compulsory courses in general physics (30 ECTS-credits)

The student has to acquire all 30 ECTS-credits from the list below.

  • Advanced quantum mechanics
  • Mathematical methods in theoretical physics
  • Statistical and mathematical physics
  • Atom and molecule structure
  • Symmetry in physics

Master thesis (30 ECTS-credits)

Master project in physics (30 ECTS-credits)

Compulsory courses in nanophysics (15 ECTS-credits)

The student has to acquire all 15 ECTS-credits from the list below.

  • Microscopy and spectroscopy of nanosystems
  • Physics of low-dimensional systems
  • Electronic structure calculations

Optional courses in nanophysics (45 ECTS-credits)

The student has to choose a total of 45 ECTS-credits either from the list below, optional courses from another research module, the general list of optional courses of the Dutch master programme, or from another master's programme (upon approval).

  • Advanced materials and nanotrends: an industrial perspective
  • Superconductivity and superfluidity
  • Device physics
  • Computational physics
  • Advanced electron microscopy
  • Surface physics
  • Solid state physics
  • Project microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Project physics of low-dimensional systems
  • Project electronic structure calculations
  • Biosensors
  • X-rays (micro)tomography
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Internship
  • Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics



  • academic bachelor of physics
  • academic bachelor of physics and astronomy

After permission

  • other academic bachelors and masters in exact, medical, engineering or industrial sciences

Language requirements

The programme is taught in English and candidates must be proficient in this language.
Candidates with a bachelor degree from universities outside Flanders are required to demonstrate their English language skills in one of the following ways:

  • by submitting proof that they have studied at least one academic year in an English-language Bachelor's or Master's programme. The Board of Admission may ask additional proof of your proficiency in English.
  • applicants can also prove their knowledge on the basis of a language certificate showing their TOEFL or IELTS results:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language, organized by ETS): paper-based TOEFL level of minimum 550, or a computer-based TOEFL level of minimum 213, or an internet-based TOEFL level of minimum 79-80.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a minimum score of at least 6.5, and on each part minimum 6.0.

Candidates with a bachelor degree from a Flemish university are strongly advised to take a test to assure they possess the necessary language skills to successfully complete the programme.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80



All study programmes at the University of Antwerp received accredidation from NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).


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