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Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Brussels, Ghent
21 September 2020
Application deadline: 01 April 2020
939 EUR

Program description

Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy

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 programmes. 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

Academic Requirements

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

Language Requirements

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as the language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. having a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction;
  2. having successfully completed at least one school year of secondary education where English was the language of instruction;
  3. having successfully completed programme units in higher education with at least 54 ECTS-credits where English was the language of instruction;
  4. having successfully completed secondary education in Belgium;
  5. having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference with minimum level B2: 
  • TOEFL iBT with minimum level: 79; 
  • IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5
  • ITACE with minimum level: B2;
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B;
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C;

Certificates and other proof of language tests may not pre-date the first enrolment by more than two years.

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Tuition fees

As a public university in Belgium we are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees. The tuition fee for this master's programmes is €939/year for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and €3,243/year for non-EEA nationals.


Upon completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy. All degree programmes offered by the VUB are accredited by the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) ensuring that they meet predefined quality standards.

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VUB is a public and modern university located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Ranked as one of world’s top universities, it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English. The University counts 16.000 students, 21%...

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