Master of Physics and Astronomy

Course content

The importance of physics in the knowledge society can not be overestimated and its influence is reflected in many areas, especially in technology and medicine. The research area of physics and astronomy is comprehensive and extends from the world of the smallest (the elementary particles) to the study of the greatest (the universe). Both at national and international level, physics is the cradle of many important and innovative concepts, models and techniques. Many of those physical concepts and innovative techniques have an interdisciplinary character that is clearly illustrated with the existence of vibrant specialized fields as medical physics and biophysics.

Not only the principles but also the applications of physics are found in many aspects of our knowledge society. Many scientific developments in physics and astronomy have found their way from the laboratory to the technological applications in our society. There is no reason to believe why this would be different in the future.

Course structure

The curriculum for the Master of Physics and Astronomy is based on the following principles: five general courses for 30 credits, 30 credits for the master thesis, 30 credits for deepening or broadening elective courses, 30 credits for specialized elective courses. In light of the wide range of career perspectives one can choose between three minors: the minor research, education minor and minor in economics and business.

In the first semester of the master programma the student completes the five general courses. These five courses provide a deepening overview of the research expertise at Ghent University. After this semester a deliberate choice is made between the range of research opportunities. From the second semester of first year master on, a large part of the study time is spent in one of the academic research groups.

Career perspectives

The graduates of the Master of Physics and Astronomy can go for a job in scientific research, education and in many companies where research and development are a core activity. Your strengths are your problem solving mind, next to conceptualizing and modelling skills. All this of course supported by a thorough knowledge of physics and the physical methodology. Physicists are valued for their polyvalence, scientific approach and analytical thinking and reasoning abilities.

Admission requirements


  • For non-Flemish degrees:

the course is open to students with at least a Bachelor degree in the field of physics with minimum 180 credits.

  • For Flemish degrees:

the list of degrees giving access to this master can be consulted in the online course catalogue.


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