Physics and Astronomy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
Physics and Astronomy students at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) attend lectures, exercises, lab sessions and excursions in small groups. There is room for interaction and discussion, and a low threshold for students to actively participate. This programme pays special attention to critical analysis.


Are you interested in theoretical and/or experimental research of elementary particles, stars and the universe? Do you want to attend lectures by Nobel Prize laureates and other internationally renowned researchers during your education? Do you want to participate actively in the latest, innovative experiments at CERN or on Antarctica? Do you aspire to have a career in academia, industry, banking, in the medical sector or education?

The Master Degree in Physics and Astronomy is offered by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

First step in the market

Physicists and astronomers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will have obtained versatile and easily applicable knowledge. They will have acquired useful skills, which effortlessly land them a job in the most diverse sectors.

From research to industry

Many graduates hold a position in scientific research. Our alumni collaborate in the most recent scientific developments, both in Belgium and abroad.

Also in industry, physicists are in high demand. Their broad experience in modeling, statistics, ICT and problem-solving makes them desirable within research and development.

Several graduates in Physics end up in banking and finance. There they work for example on risk analyses and modeling of financial markets.


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is the drive to carry out your own independent project, a promoter, a challenging subject and a source of funding. 

International Opportunities

The fields of Physics and Astronomy are inherently international: the creation and dissemination of knowledge has taken place in international cooperations for generations.

Therefore, the Department of Physics strongly encourages students to be mobile, preferably by including an exchange period in your study programme. The flexibility of the Master in Physics and Astronomy facilitates a one-semester stay in another European country.

Within Europe, the Department of Physics has Erasmus+ mobility agreements with the following universities:


  • Université de Strasbourg


  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam


  • Universitat de les Illes Balears


  • Chalmers University of Technology

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • High-Energy Astrophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Subatomic Physics II
  • General Relativity
  • Master Thesis Physics and Astronomy
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    All students who require visa and apply after April 1st (and before June 1st, as this is the deadline) will be charged an administrative cost of 100€.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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:


    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 (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

General required documents:

  • passport
  • picture
  • bachelor degree (or enrollment certificate when you are in your final year of studies)
  • transcript of records
  • proof of English-language proficiency

Extra documents:

  • motivation letter
  • 2 reference letters (written by an academic)

Chinese nationals:

  • all documents als stated above +
  • APS certificate

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2950 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2950 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 Brussels

  • 885 - 1310 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor – Academic Staff), in various regions, both for short and longer stays.

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.

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