Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Leuven)KU Leuven
Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Leuven)
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Taking advantage of a new generation of terrestrial and space-based instruments, KU Leuven's Master 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
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.
- 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
Please consult the programme website for recent information on admission requirements.
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A research-oriented Master's programme in astronomy and astrophysics is essential to ensuring high-quality astronomy research. Employment opportunities exist in government agencies, private research institutes, NGO’s, academic institutes and learning centers.
Graduates of this Master’s will have a competitive advantage when applying for a PhD, either locally or abroad.
About this institute
KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding
KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...
Why study at KU Leuven
A Highly Ranked University
According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.
Most Innovative University in Europe
KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.
A Comprehensive University
As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.
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