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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Physics

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    The current tuition fee is €938.30. The tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year will be determined in the spring of 2020. Please consult the website for the most recent information: kuleuven.be/tuitionfees

  • Last Updated

    01 August 2019

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 programme 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.

What is the Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics all about?

The Master of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics offers a wide range of courses on subfields within astronomy and astrophysics and on research methodology. Attention is devoted to the analysis and astrophysical interpretation of data, as well as to technological aspects of international astronomical research.

Upon successful completion of this programme, students will have acquired:

  • thorough insight into various aspects of astronomy and astrophysics
  • insight into the sciences contributing to astronomy and astrophysics
  • a critical research attitude
  • a good research attitude through gradual training
  • the ability to define and formulate strategies to study complex questions
  • the ability to construct simple numeric and physical-mathematical models

Structure

The Master of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics programme consists of 120 ECTS divided over two years. In the first year, theoretical courses provide a solid foundation for further study, while you develop your research skills by undertaking a research project. The second year will feature a master’s thesis.

The mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is exploring, understanding and modelling physical realities using mathematical, computational, experimental and observational techniques. Fifteen teams perform research at an international level. Publication of research results in leading journals and attracting top-level scientists are priorities for the department, as well as the interaction of industry and society.

Strengths

  • The curriculum is research oriented and the master’s thesis is always well embedded into the actual research of the research groups
  • You obtain a broad formation in astronomy and astrophysics with strong attention to transferable skills and personal development
  • The master has an international focus and attracts students from many different countries

Visit the Astronomy and Astrophysics MSc page on the KU Leuven website for more details!

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