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. 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.
English Language 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
After a preparatory programme, bridging programme or abridged bachelor programmeAfter a preparation programme (max 45 ECTS):
Bachelor in de wiskundeAfter a shortened programme towards a "Bachelor in de Fysica" (27-40 ECTS):
Bachelor in de wiskunde, met traject naar Twin Bachelor Fysica en Wiskunde (KULAK)Bachelor in de wiskunde, minor fysica en sterrenkundeAfter a shortened programme towards a "Bachelor in de Fysica" (54-66 ECTS):
Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappenBachelor in de wiskundeBachelor in de wijsbegeerte, optie fysicaAfter a shortened programme towards a "Bachelor in de Fysica" (max 81 ECTS):
Bachelor in de chemieAfter a shortened programme towards a "Bachelor in de Fysica" (max 120 ECTS):
Academische Bachelor of Master in de industriële wetenschappen (120 stp)Other diploma's or preparatory programmes:
after consuling with the programme director, a programme will be proposed on the basis of the followed curriculum.
PROOF OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH
Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency.* Applicants with a Belgian diploma
: these applicants do not have to take an English proficiency test.* Applicants with a university degree earned in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the USA
: the certified diploma and transcripts suffice, provided they confirm that the entire university study was completed in English. Absolutely no other diplomas will be accepted as evidence even if the applicant has followed an exclusively English-taught programme.* Other 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).
CREDENTIALS REGARDING PRIOR EDUCATION
For applicants from outside Belgium, comparability of the diploma is not always easily established.Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas
are required for all applicants. These documents also suffice for applicants from* universities that have an exchange agreement with the Faculty of Science of KU Leuven* universities that are in the global top 200 in the most recent Times Higher Education or QS rankingsAdditional documentation
is required for applicants from other universities as it is impossible for us to reliably assess the comparability. In those cases the admission board will take a positive decision only if supporting information is provided:* a complete list of course titles for which you have obtained a credit should be part of this. Indicate the course size (in ECTS-credits) and the result you obtained, preferably according to the ECTS-scale; if a different scale is used, please provide an summary explanation on the meaning of the scores.* for the courses that you deem most relevant as a preparation for the master that you are considering, provide a short (about one half to one page) description according to the standard guidelines for an ECTS-study guide.The Admissions Board evaluates all applications and has the final say on the admissibility of the student, taking into account the relevant information.
No work experience is required.