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Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
3,243 EUR
English
Start dates
Brussels
3,243 EUR
21 September 2020

Ghent
3,243 EUR
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Program description

Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy

Physicists and astronomers try to understand nature: from the smallest building blocks of matter and their interactions to the evolution of the universe on a cosmological scale. Ultimately, this endeavour leads to new insights that are helpful in other scientific disciplines, and to many applications in our daily lives. Although our insights go ever deeper and reach ever further, there is much we still do not understand. That is why basic research remains so important.

This MSc program combines the research expertise of both the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Universiteit Gent (UGent), allowing you to tailor your study program to your interests. One choice you have to make in advance is which of our three minors you want to follow: Research, Economy and Business or Education (30 ECTS in Dutch). No matter which minor you choose, you will get a solid training as a physicist and we offer you the possibility to participate in high-level research.

The offered courses are strongly embedded in both universities' ongoing research Programs. Through intensive collaboration with members of the research groups, you will get the opportunity to develop and improve your scientific skills. The researchers at VUB have strong connections within Belgium and in- and outside Europe through research projects such as the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica and the CMS experiment at CERN in Geneva. Many of our students have the opportunity to do an internship or research for their Master's thesis at CERN during their studies. this close connection to research means our students are well-prepared for a PhD-position, with around half of our graduates pursuing such a career in research.

Admission requirements

Admission criteria

The Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy is open to holders of a Flemish Bachelor degree in Physics or Physics and Astronomy. For non-Flemish degrees and other bachelors in science, applied science and life sciences, admission will be evaluated based on academic records and skills.

This Master's Program presupposes a broad and good basic knowledge of physics and astronomy. Application prerequisite for the Program Master in Physics and Astronomy is an academic Bachelor's degree in Physics, Physics and Astronomy, or equivalent. Equivalency and admission to the Program will be based on a review of each student's academic record and will be evaluated case by case.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

Master of Physics and Astronomy

First year Master Compulsory courses

  • High-Energy Astrophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Subatomic Physics II
  • General Relativity
  • Economics for Business
  • Introduction to Business

Second year Master Compulsory courses

  • Master Thesis Physics and Astronomy

Electives Economy and Business

  • Management Informatics
  • Electronics
  • System and Control Theory
  • Electronic Devices
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Aspects of Biotechnology
  • Business Aspects of Innovation in Materials
  • Business Aspects of Micro-electronics and Photonics
  • Business Aspects of Software Industry
  • Databases
  • Technological Business Development Project
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Logistic Management
  • Computer Systems
  • Financial Management and Investment Analysis
  • Global Change

Electives Research

  • Electroweak and Strong Interactions
  • Capita Selecta in Particle Physics
  • Simulation of Physics Phenomena and Detectors in Modern Physics
  • Physics and Chemistry of Nanostructures
  • Simulations and Modelling for the Nanoscale
  • Radioactivity and Radiation Dosimetry
  • Symmetry Groups
  • Statistical Physics II
  • Quantum Electrodynamics
  • Advanced Field Theory
  • Nuclear Methods in Material Research
  • Many-body Physics
  • Structure Analyse Techniques in Solid State Physics
  • Nuclear Instrumentation
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Plasma Technology and Fusion Technology
  • Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Hadrons and nuclei from a theoretical perspective
  • Extensions of the Standard Model
  • Differential Geometry II
  • Medical Physics
  • Introduction to the Dynamics of Atmospheres
  • Capita Selecta Solid-state Physics
  • 4ECTS credits - Optical Spectroscopy of Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Observational Techniques in Astronomy
  • Cosmology and Galaxy Formation
  • Magnetism: from Fundamentals to Nanoscale Dynamics
  • Non-Linear Dynamics and Chaos
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems
  • Quantum Computing
  • Luminescence
  • Computational Materials Physics
  • Quantum Black Holes and Holography
  • Radiative Transfer Simulations in Astrophysics
  • History and Philosophy of Sciences: Physics and Astronomy
  • Experimental Techniques in Particle Physics
  • Object Oriented Programming (C++) for Physicists
  • Early Universe Cosmology
  • Evolution of Stars and Stellar Systems
  • Astroparticle Physics

Minor Research

First year Master Compulsory courses

  • High-Energy Astrophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Subatomic Physics II
  • General Relativity

Second year Master Compulsory courses

  • External Mobility A
  • External Mobility B
  • Master Thesis Physics and Astronomy

Elective courses

  • Electroweak and Strong Interactions
  • Capita Selecta in Particle Physics
  • Simulation of Physics Phenomena and Detectors in Modern Physics
  • Physics and Chemistry of Nanostructures
  • Simulations and Modelling for the Nanoscale
  • Radioactivity and Radiation Dosimetry
  • Symmetry Groups
  • Statistical Physics II
  • Quantum Electrodynamics
  • Advanced Field Theory
  • Nuclear Methods in Material Research
  • Many-body Physics
  • Structure Analyse Techniques in Solid State Physics
  • Nuclear Instrumentation
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Plasma Technology and Fusion Technology
  • Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Hadrons and nuclei from a theoretical perspective
  • Extensions of the Standard Model
  • Differential Geometry II
  • Medical Physics
  • Introduction to the Dynamics of Atmospheres
  • Capita Selecta Solid-state Physics
  • Optical Spectroscopy of Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Observational Techniques in Astronomy
  • Cosmology and Galaxy Formation
  • Magnetism: from Fundamentals to Nanoscale Dynamics
  • Non-Linear Dynamics and Chaos
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems
  • Quantum Computing
  • Luminescence
  • Computational Materials Physics
  • Quantum Black Holes and Holography
  • Radiative Transfer Simulations in Astrophysics
  • History and Philosophy of Sciences: Physics and Astronomy
  • Experimental Techniques in Particle Physics
  • Object Oriented Programming (C++) for Physicists
  • Early Universe Cosmology
  • Evolution of Stars and Stellar Systems
  • Astroparticle Physics

Minor Education

First year Master Compulsory courses

  • High-Energy Astrophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Subatomic Physics II
  • General Relativity

Second year Master Compulsory course

  • Master Thesis Physics and Astronomy

Basismodules

  • Module 1: Urban Education
  • Module 4: Diversity and Metropolitanism
  • Module 5: Positive and Caring Climate

Module 6: Brede school

  • Module 6B: Community School - Thematic Projects
  • Module 6A: Community School - Inquiry-Based School

Keuze

  • ICT Coordination in Education
  • Teaching of Dutch to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Project General Subjects in Secondary Vocational Education
  • Vakdidactiek Biology 1

Elective courses

  • Electroweak and Strong Interactions
  • Capita Selecta in Particle Physics
  • Simulation of Physics Phenomena and Detectors in Modern Physics
  • Physics and Chemistry of Nanostructures
  • Simulations and Modelling for the Nanoscale
  • Radioactivity and Radiation Dosimetry
  • Symmetry Groups
  • Statistical Physics II
  • Quantum Electrodynamics
  • Advanced Field Theory
  • Nuclear Methods in Material Research
  • Many-body Physics
  • Structure Analyse Techniques in Solid State Physics
  • Nuclear Instrumentation
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Plasma Physics
  • Plasma Technology and Fusion Technology
  • Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Hadrons and nuclei from a theoretical perspective
  • Extensions of the Standard Model
  • Differential Geometry II
  • Medical Physics
  • Introduction to the Dynamics of Atmospheres
  • Capita Selecta Solid-state Physics
  • Optical Spectroscopy of Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Observational Techniques in Astronomy
  • Cosmology and Galaxy Formation
  • Magnetism: from Fundamentals to Nanoscale Dynamics
  • Non-Linear Dynamics and Chaos
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems
  • Quantum Computing
  • Luminescence
  • Computational Materials Physics
  • Quantum Black Holes and Holography
  • Radiative Transfer Simulations in Astrophysics
  • History and Philosophy of Sciences: Physics and Astronomy
  • Experimental Techniques in Particle Physics
  • Object Oriented Programming (C++) for Physicists
  • Early Universe Cosmology
  • Evolution of Stars and Stellar Systems
  • Astroparticle Physics

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for EEA students is 938.8 €. The price for Non-EEA students is 3.243 €

Continuing studies

After graduation continue their academic career as a PhD researchers.

Career opportunities

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

Wanted: physicists!

Graduates in Physics and Astronomy from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have acquired a broad knowledge and easily applicable skills that allow them to land a job in the most diverse sectors. They are highly regarded in all sectors where problem solving skills, analytical, mathematical and ICT skills are needed. Did you know physicists are sought-after on the job market? Like in most of Europe, in Belgium physicists are among the 10 highest-paying jobs.
A lot of graduates find a job in scientific research. They work at universities, research institutes and assist in new scientific developments. In industry, physicists are in high demand due to their broad education in modelling, statistics and informatics. In banking, finance and pharmaceutics graduates with a degree in Physics work mainly on risk analysis and modelling. Finally, several physicists are also employed in the field of education.

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