Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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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.
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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.

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.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.
Career paths
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.

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
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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.

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  • 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: 90

    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
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.
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).
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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 890 International
  • EUR 890 EU/EEA


Scholarship and funding opportunities



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



  • 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-SARC (South Asia)
  • EU-SARC (South-East Asia)
  • EU – Central Asia
  • EU – ENPI (Neighbourhood and Russia)
    EU – Central Asia

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