Astronomy and Astrophysics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #90 (ARWU) ,
This Astronomy and Astrophysics programme at University of Leuven pays special attention to both the analysis and astrophysical interpretation of data and to the technological side of astronomical research, and thus prepares you to be a competitive candidate in the international PhD circuit.

About

Want to participate in a globally thriving discipline constantly enjoying new technological developments? Taking advantage of a new generation of terrestrial and space-based instruments, the MSc in Astronomy and Astrophysics digests new discoveries concerning the origin, structure, and evolution of planets, stars, star systems, and the universe, and uses them as your textbooks. 

This Astronomy and Astrophysics programme at University of Leuven pays special attention to both the analysis and astrophysical interpretation of data and to the technological side of astronomical research, and thus prepares you to be a competitive candidate in the international PhD circuit. Since astronomy and astrophysics are certain to occupy a prominent place in international fundamental research in the coming decades, why not investigate KU Leuven's broad range of courses on astronomical subdisciplines and makes this future yours as well? With astronomy, the sky is not the limit.

The Institute of Astronomy conducts research on stellar astrophysics. A particular area of expertise is asteroseismology, the field that studies the internal structure of stars (massive stars, red giants, blue subdwarfs) through the observation and theoretical interpretation of their oscillation spectra. Early and late evolutionary phases of single and binary low-mass stars are investigated, with a particular focus on the interaction of stars with their circumstellar environments. The institute is involved in the development and exploitation of both ground-based and space-based instrumentation.

This is an initial master's programme and can be followed full time or part time.

Career perspectives

A research-oriented Master's programme in astronomy and astrophysics is essential to ensuring high-quality astronomy research. Graduates will have a competitive advantage when applying for a PhD, either locally or abroad, and the skills they acquire will also prepare them for research careers in a broad range of professional environments.

Programme Structure

    Courses:
    • Research Projects 
    • Stellar Structure and Evolution 
    • Galaxies and Cosmology 
    • Observational Techniques in Astronomy 
    • Relativity 

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • Programme intensity

          You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

          Full-time
          • Full-time duration 24 months
          Part-time
        • 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.

          Book IELTS
        • 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

          After assessment of the study curriculum and with a possibility of a preparatory programme (individual preparatory programme) 
          •  Bachelor of Engineering Science 
          • Bachelor of Bio-Engineering Science 
          • Bachelor of Chemistry 

                Tuition Fee

                • International Applies to you

                  906 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                  906 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Leuven

                870 - 1300 EUR/month
                Living Costs

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                Funding

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