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Opleidingsonderdelen 2012-2013  
Language requirements
The programme is taught in English and candidates must be proficient in this language.

Candidates with a bachelor degree from universities outside Flanders are required to demonstrate their English language skills in one of the following ways:
  • By submitting proof that they have studied at least one academic year in an English-language Bachelor's or Master's programme. The Board of Admission may ask additional proof of your proficiency in English.
  • Applicants can also prove their knowledge on the basis of a language certificate showing their TOEFL or IELTS results:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language, organized by ETS): paper-based TOEFL level of minimum 550, or a computer-based TOEFL level of minimum 213, or an internet-based TOEFL level of minimum 79-80. You can find more information about TOEFL on
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a minimum score of at least 6.5, and on each part minimum 6.0. You can find more information about IELTS at
Candidates with a bachelor degree from a Flemish university are strongly advised to take a test to assure they possess the necessary language skills to successfully complete the programme.
Admission requirements
Direct: academic bachelor of physics and of physics and astronomy
With preparatory programme: academic bachelor of chemistry, mathematics, engineering sciences or industrial sciences.
Qualification awarded
In order to obtain the degree of Master of Science in Physics the student
  • should be enrolled for the programme in question under a diploma contract or under an exam contract to obtain a diploma
  • should have taken all the exams that the programme encompasses
  • should previously have registered for the programme with the examination board.
  • should have acquired at least 120 ECTS-credits
The programme consists of 120 ECTS-credits.
In a model academic year, the student takes between 54 and 66 ECTS-credits.
Objectives and learning outcomes
Specific competences.
  • Having done a study of important subfields of physics at an intermediate level (some of these should have been treated in the bachelor programme). Having gone deeper into this study in at least one major subfield of physics.
  • Being able to set up new experiments or to contribute to experiments executed in large international collaboration agreements as an experimental physicist
  • Do physics in a specific subfield through advanced training and contact with the current state of affairs in the research.
  • Being able to independently appropriate new physical insights, results and methods and develop these.
  • Being able to solve current concrete physical problems by selecting the appropriate experimental and/or theoretical method and to correctly report on it.
  • To acquire attitudes to work in a team in scientific research through collaboration with fellow students and researchers and to learn to communicate about the research in a scientifically correct language.
  • Being able to use computer techniques to solve physical problems and in other applications.
  • Being able to use the acquired insights in physics, the ability to analyse and the general methodology of sciences in a broad spectrum of professions.
  • Having prepared him/herself to function as a physicist, or a more general basic scientist, in a professional direction of his/her choice, in particular as teacher or as researcher.
General competences
  • Being able to read and understand specialist literature and to follow the recent developments in his/her own subdiscipline.
  • Having the skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) to communicate effectively in the mother tongue and in one or more languages including English.
  • Clearly presenting the research work, to specialists on the one hand and to laymen on the other.
  • Acquiring a critical attitude, also towards his/her own field, putting matters in a broad scientific and social context.

Access to further studies
Further studies with direct access
Master of Nanophysics, Medical Radiation Physics, Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science, Engineering Sciences: Industrial Engineering and Operational Research, Engineering Sciences: Materials Engineering, Engineering Sciences: Photonics Engineering, Photonics Science and Engineering, Project Management, Safety Engineering
Erasmus Mundus: Master of Science in Photonics
Specific Teacher Training
Postgraduate Studies in Weather and Climate Modeling

Further studies with conditional access
Master of International Relations and Diplomacy, Actuarial Sciences, Financial and Actuarial Engineering, Industrial Management,  Nuclear Engineering
Final examination
A student’s final result is a weighted average of the exam results the student has obtained for all the programme components of his/her training programme. In calculating the final result, the credits corresponding to the various programme components are used for weighting the results obtained for those components.

The final result is expressed as an integer out of 100.

A student whose final result is less than 50 out of 100 can never be declared successful.

A student is successful for the training programme if he/she has obtained credits for all the programme components in his/her training programme. 
For more information see the Education and Examination regulation.
ECTS co-ordinator

Prof. dr. J. Naudts,