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    Full time & Part time available

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    120 ECTS (2 years full-time)

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    The current tuition fee is €938.80. 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: website

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    01 August 2019

This master’s programme trains you to be fully competent and capable of working in research institutes, corporate environments, or the social profit sector. The programme allows you to specialise in condensed matter physics, nuclear physics or theoretical physics. Regardless of your chosen major research profile or option, you will obtain thorough training in physics and insight into the current status of physics research. 

What is the programme all about?

The Master in Physics is a research based master’s programme in which you can master the skills demanded by the field, and specialise in one of three major research profiles:

  • Condensed Matter Physics: Cluster Physics, Surface and Interface Physics, Correlated Electron Systems, Semiconductor Physics, Soft Matter Physics, Physics of Biosystems. 

  • Nuclear Physics: Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Structure of Exotic Nuclei: Decay Reactions and Laser Spectroscopy, Theoretical Nuclear Physics. 

  • Theoretical Physics: Complex Systems, Cosmology, Mathematical Physics, String Theory.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have acquired skills including the ability to make sound judgments informed by current research, the ability to solve physical problems, and exhibit critical understanding of the role that physics plays in society today, as well as communication and team working skills.


After a semester with advanced courses in different disciplines of physics, you choose a major research profile consisting of advanced and specialised courses and a master’s thesis (30 ECTS).

The remaining 30 ECTS allow you to follow one of two options:

  • The Research Option prepares you for a career in academia or industry, and you broaden your research skills by choosing a minor research domain, complemented by a research internship, or other courses.
  • The Physics in Society Option offers you the opportunity to prepare for a career outside academia, through courses in entrepreneurship, or via an internship.


  • During your master’s thesis you will perform original research as a member of one of the research teams of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
  • The master’s programme is taught by leading international experts in their field.
  • The academic staff and students at the Department of Physics and Astronomy offer you an international and approachable atmosphere.

Visit the Physics MSc page on the KU Leuven website for more details!




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