Application deadline: June 1 (EEA);March 1(Non EEA)
Tuition fee:
  • € 619 / Year (EEA)
  • € 619 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at KU Leuven is a research-based institute that 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 being the most popular subjects. There are also excellent career opportunities in industry (e.g., ICT, material research, electronics), consulting, government, banking (statistics) and higher education. Virtually all newly graduated physicists find employment quickly after obtaining their degree.

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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.

The Erasmus programme of the European Union offers an excellent opportunity for Belgian students who would like to combine their study with experience outside the KU Leuven. All research groups of the department have a network of European collaborators and we advise interested students to integrate this exchange with their thesis research during their second Master year. Choices concerning the Erasmus programme need to be made in February of the 1st Master year. Address the study advisers to obtain specific information on this European programme !

At the end of the Master programme the student:

* has a broad knowledge of modern physics;
* has specialized in one of the following important areas of physics: solid-state physics, nuclear physics, theoretical physics or physics of soft matter;
* is familiar with the most recent developments in the research area of the chosen specialization of the master thesis;
* is able to carry out research in a professional and multidisciplinary research team under the supervision of experts;
* is able to independently solve advanced physics problems by choosing the appropriate experimental and/or theoretical method, develop the method and report on it in a correct way;
* has developed the literature research skills to be able to process and present insights and results from international scientific research to both specialists and peers;
* is able to reflect critically, communicate and discuss the social role and the ethical dimension of scientific research in general and physics research in particular;
* has mastered scientific English to such a level that he/she can deliver written and oral reports;
* is able to use the scientific methodology in his/her own learning process while acquiring new concepts inside as well as outside physics. This is a vital skill for lifelong learning.
* has insight into the role of physics research in the society of the twenty-first century
* is able to place a contemporary discussion on physics research into a historical framework and formulate his/her own opinion.

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
* Doctoral Scholarships in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
* Travelling allowances for teaching staff and professors in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
* Specialisation grants for researchers from developing countries
* VLIR-UOS Scholarships for short training programme ITP (developing countries)
* VLIR-UOS Scholarships for Master Programmes ICP (developing countries
* VLIR-UOS Scholarships for ICP PhD students
* Science without Borders Brasil (2012-2014)
* Belgian bilateral cooperation grants for study and training for nationals of partner countries
(Algeria - Benin - Bolivia - Burundi - DR Congo - Ecuador - Mali - Morocco -Mozambique - Niger Palestinian Territory - Peru - Rwanda - Senegal -South Africa - Tanzania - Uganda Vietnam)
* DBOF - PhD Scholarships
* F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
* Latin America Fund
* EU-ALFA III (Latin-America)
* EU-ACP (Africa, Carribean and Pacific)
* EU-ASEM
* EU-SARC (South Asia)
* EU-SARC (South-East Asia)
* EU Central Asia
* EU ENPI (Neighbourhood and Russia)
EU Central Asia

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