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Master's Degree in Physics

General description of the programme

The Master's Degree in Physics includes 120 ECTS credits and provides a solid specialised education that opens doors to many career paths in research in both the public and private sectors. This programme offers two possible major options: fundamental interactions or material physics.

Profile of the programme

It is possible to pursue two types of Master's Degrees in Physics:

  • Research focus - option 1) fundamental interactions or - option 2) material physics
  • Teaching focus. 

 

The Master's Degree in Physics, option fundamental interactions, offers future graduates an education that is centred on the great laws of the Universe (astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics, particle physics, theoretical physics, ...).

The curriculum includes:

  • a first year of 60 ECTS credits spread out over 9 credits of compulsory courses, focus-specific courses for 30 credits, an internship or individual work for 10 credits, elective courses for at least 11 credits and open courses(possibly in another Faculty) for a maximum of 7 credits
  • a second year of 60 credits built around a consequential individual project, the thesis, which counts for 28 credits. A course in the history of experimental sciences is included in this second year.  Students choose elective courses (30 credits) to finish off their education. 

 

The Master's Degree in Physics, option material physics, offers future graduates an education that is centred on recent and novel materials (semi-conductors, nanotechnology, microfluidics, biotechnology, surfaces and interfaces, simulation techniques, …).

The curriculum includes:

  • a first year of 60 credits spread out over focus-specific courses for 30 credits, an internship for 10 credits, courses on additional technologies for 15 credits and a wide range of electives for 5 credits (possibly in another Faculty)
  • a second year of 60 credits built around a consequential individual project, the thesis, which counts for 26 credits. Courses in the history of experimental sciences, intellectual property and plasmas and matter are included in this second year.  Students choose elective courses (30 credits) to finish off their education. 

 

The Master's Degree in Physics, teaching focus, offers future graduates an education that is centred on the foundations of physics.

The curriculum includes the 30 credits that are specific to the teaching focus and that students can choose to take either in Master 1 or in Master 2. Of these 30 credits, 28 are compulsory courses, and at least 2 credits to choose from the focus-specific electives.

Also, students registered for the teaching focus have to take 16 credits of compulsory courses in Master 1 (history of experimental sciences, physical measurements, internships and individual work).

The thesis, carried out in Master 2, counts for 28 credits.

46 elective credits remain to be chosen, spread out over the two years of the Master's programme. The student's choice must be ratified by the studies committee; the course list may include focus-specific courses if the student so desires. The studies committee makes certain that the student's choices are crossdisciplinary.  Excessive specialisation could hinder the openmindedness that teachers need. As a result, efforts will be made to attain a balance between the various branches of physics (physics of fundamental interactions, material physics, applied mathematics).

Diagram with Credits

1st year of the Master's programme in material physics

The courses in first year are spread out into specific courses 30 credits to choose between biophysics, materials characterisation, de metallurgy, molecular modelling, photonics, physics of surfaces and interfaces, optical properties of materials, ionising radiation and matter and semi-conductors. A 10-credit internship will be carried out either in a university lab or in an industrial research centre. Students will choose additional techniques to complete their education (scientific communication, physical measurements, electronics, …). Students will also choose crossdisciplinary courses (for a total of 5 credits) to discover other fields.

 

2nd year of the Master's programme in material physics

The second year is built around a consequential individual project, the thesis, which is carried out in a research laboratory. It counts for 26 credits. Other compulsory courses in history of experimental sciences, plasma and matter, intellectual property round out your education. At least 20 elective credits are to be chosen from a vast range of topics in modern physics, including the possibility to carry out a second internship in a university or industrial research centre. Students can choose 5 credits of courses in other Faculties to finish off the Master's Degree.

 

Key learning outcomes

After completing this curriculum, graduates will be able to:

  • appropriate for themselves and use accordingly the knowledge, models, tools and methods of physics
  • treat and analyse the complexity of a pedagogical act 
  • manage groups of pupils.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates

Graduates who have a Master's Degree in Physics can be employed in national and international agencies, industrial and academic research centres and education. Our former students have become teachers, business managers, researchers in university and industrial labs, and the list goes on...
The holders of a Master’s Degree in Physics can also be hired in basic or applied science programmes if they continue their studies and complete a doctoral dissertation.

Access to further studies  

With a teaching Master's Degree in physics, graduates can teach in higher secondary schools in the French Community of Belgium.

Mode of study

Full time

Programme director or equivalent

President of the Institute of Mathematics:  Joël DE CONINCK