Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    906
    Tuition (Year)
    906
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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Training future scientist to be productive in research institutes or corporate environments, this elite Master's programme offers not only thorough and specialised knowledge of physics, but also a wealth of transferable skills.

About

By honing your skills in judgement, critical insight, problem analysis and solving, experimental or theoretical methodology, report writing, team work and understanding the social role of science, our programme will form you into a responsible physicist who is able to contribute equally to science and society. A research-based institute that generates substantial funding, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at KU Leuven is able to offer many research positions and more than half the students who obtain a Master's degree in physics eventually start a PhD programme in one of the department's laboratories. See if there's something here for you!

The Master of Physics programme provides students with a thorough general knowledge of physics as well as an in-depth knowledge in a range of specialist areas. Students prepare a Master's thesis in a research domain related to nuclear physics, solid state physics, soft matter physics or theoretical physics, all areas in which the research groups within the Department of Physics and Astronomy have significant expertise.

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

Programme Structure

The master students will grow into independent and critical scientists. Masters of physics will have developed sufficient knowledge and skills to participate in competitive national or international PhD programmes. 

Moreover the acquired research methodology will prepare the student for employment as a scientist in any chosen profession.
The curriculum is constructed in a way that the student can specialize in an area of choice by joining one of the research groups of the department. This specialization can be in the field of experimental nuclear physics, solid state physics at the nanometer scale, soft matter physics of in the field of theoretical physics. 
A major part of the curriculum consists of research resulting in a master thesis. The subject of the thesis is chosen by the student during the course of the second semester of the 1st Master year.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • 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: 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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 94

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

On the basis of the following degrees, or similar degrees, obtained in the Flemish Community:

  • Bachelor in de fysica
  • Bachelor in de wiskunde (Minor fysica en sterrenkunde)
  • Bachelor of Physics
  • Bachelor in de wiskunde, met Twin-Bachelor Fysica
Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency.
Applicants should submit a satisfactory score on an internationally recognized test of English language proficiency: TOEFL (minimum score 94 internet-based with at least 19 for reading, 18 for Listening, 19 for speaking and 21 for writing) or IELTS (minimum score 7 overall, whilst at least 6,5 for reading, 6 for listening, 6 for speaking and 6 for writing)

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 906 International
  • EUR 906 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarship and funding opportunities

EU

INCOMING

  • Central bilateral agreements - Grants for Phd students and staff
  • FWO Research Funding
  • DBOF - PhD Scholarships
  • F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
  • AXA Research Fund

NON - EU

INCOMING

  • Roger Dillemans Fund
  • Coimbra group Scholarships programme for young researchers and professors from Latin America
  • Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme (Ukraine and Balkans)
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young African researchers
  • Erasmus Mundus Partnerships
  • FWO Research Funding

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.