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Bachelor's Degree in Physics

General description of the programme

The Bachelor's Degree in Physics is a 3-year programme that includes 180 ECTS credits.  It provides a solid foundation in physics and is the first step to accomplish if you wish to pursue a Master's Degree in Physics.

Profile of the programme

The Bachelor's programme gives training in general physics with extensive secondary training in mathematics, chemistry and computer science. The curriculum also includes specific courses such as quantum mechanics, relativity, electromagnetics, astronomy, etc. In parallel, levelling-up sessions are held for first-year students to more easily integrate into university studies.

Students who complete this Bachelor's programme have a solid skills foundation to build upon later if they pursue a Master's Degree in Physics. Languages are also part of the curriculum. English is THE language of scientists and is taught in third year for 60 classroom hours.

Physics at UMONS is a discipline that is leanred THROUGH research.  As of the third year, students will carry out internships in university or industrial labs, in direct relation with their future career.

Diagram with Credits

1st year

Courses in the first year are split into three disciplines: general physics (35%), general chemistry (18%) and mathematics courses (47%) such as analysis, algebra and geometry.
A great deal of practical work and numerous exercise sessions are also part of the programme: they account for almost half of the time devoted to first year.

 

2nd year

In second year, students begin dealing with the foundations of physics, such as mechanics  (11%), quantum mechanics (5%), tensor calculus and special relativity (10%), nuclear physics (12%), electromagnetics (10%).
These courses go along with other courses in mathematics (theory of probability, analysis, ...) (30%), computer science (10%) and chemistry (12%).

 

3rd year

The third year is intended to round out what you have learned in physics in order for you to pursue the Master's Degree. Almost three-quarters of the courses in this year are devoted to this goal. This programme is meant to be general and oriented towards practice: almost half of the curriculum is for exercises and practical work.  Mathematics counts for 17%, computer science for 5% and English for 5%.
Initiation to research during a one-week sojourn in a physics lab completes the programme.

Key learning outcomes

After completing this curriculum, students will be able to understand the foundations of the physical world around them and they will have the necessary bases to undertake a Master's Degree in Physics.

They will develop:

  • observation and analysis skills
  • theoretical knowledge in physics and mathematics
  • capacities for synthetic and critical thinking about topics in physics and their experimental approaches.

 

Students will also have extensive practice in preparing and presenting spoken and written documents.

Occupational profiles of graduates

The Bachelor’s Degree in Physics does not lead directly to employability. Most holders of this degree continue their studies up to the Master’s Degree in Physics.

Access to further studies

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, students can continue on to one of the Master's programmes in the field of Physics at UMONS or any university of their choice.

Mode of study

Full time

Programme director or equivalent

President of the Institute of Physics:  Joël DE CONINCK