Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics 24 months Postgraduate Program By KU Leuven |Top Universities
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Program Duration

24 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

7,518 EURTuition Fee/year

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Program overview

Main Subject

Physics and Astronomy

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Taking advantage of generations of terrestrial and space-based instruments, the Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics trains students to study the origin, structure, and evolution of planets, stars, star systems, and the universe itself.

About the programme

The Master of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics is a two-year programme consisting of 120 ECTS credits.

  • First year: theoretical courses provide a solid foundation for further study, while you develop your research skills by undertaking a research project.
  • Second year: you work on your master's thesis, as front-line research typically conducted within one of the research groups. Attention is devoted to the analysis and astrophysical interpretation of data and models, as well as to technological aspects of international astronomical research.
Astronomical research and education has a distinct international and multidisciplinary character. The emphasis is on developing and applying research methodologies to collect, analyse and interpret astronomical observations in the context of astrophysics. Technological as well as computational and theoretical aspects are extensively covered. Thanks to new generations of instruments on the Earth's surface and in space, you can adequately study the origin, structure and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. Astronomy therefore retains a central place in international fundamental research.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have acquired:

  • a thorough insight into various aspects of astronomy
  • a developed understanding of the various sciences contributing to astronomy
  • a critical research attitude
  • the ability to define and formulate strategies to study complex questions
  • the ability to integrate technological developments into basic research
  • the ability to construct simple numeric and physical-mathematical models to study data within a theoretical framework
Programme strengths


KU Leuven situates itself as a leader in astronomical research in Flanders, among other things by being the only Flemish university to offer a full master's degree in astronomy. The master programme has an international focus and attracts students from many different countries

Thanks to an extensive network of national and international collaborations, our researchers have access to large-scale modern instruments within the framework of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the European Space Agency (ESA). Moreover, thanks to KU Leuven, Flanders has its own professional Mercator telescope at the La Palma International Observatory, which master students can use during their training. Large scale numerical models in the context of projects or the master thesis can be simulated on the KU Leuven Genius supercomputer with more than 8000 cores

You obtain a broad formation in astronomy and astrophysics with strong attention to transferable skills and personal development.  The curriculum is research oriented and the master’s thesis is always well embedded into the actual research of the research groups at the Institute of Astronomy.

Career perspectives

Many astronomers conduct research through a doctoral program at local and international universities, or scientific institutions such as the Royal Observatory of Belgium and the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy. International organisations such as ESO and ESA can also become your employer.

In addition, as an astronomer you will also find your way in the computer science sector, the image processing and visualisation sector, telecommunications, air traffic control, science journalism, education ... 

Program overview

Main Subject

Physics and Astronomy

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Taking advantage of generations of terrestrial and space-based instruments, the Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics trains students to study the origin, structure, and evolution of planets, stars, star systems, and the universe itself.

About the programme

The Master of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics is a two-year programme consisting of 120 ECTS credits.

  • First year: theoretical courses provide a solid foundation for further study, while you develop your research skills by undertaking a research project.
  • Second year: you work on your master's thesis, as front-line research typically conducted within one of the research groups. Attention is devoted to the analysis and astrophysical interpretation of data and models, as well as to technological aspects of international astronomical research.
Astronomical research and education has a distinct international and multidisciplinary character. The emphasis is on developing and applying research methodologies to collect, analyse and interpret astronomical observations in the context of astrophysics. Technological as well as computational and theoretical aspects are extensively covered. Thanks to new generations of instruments on the Earth's surface and in space, you can adequately study the origin, structure and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. Astronomy therefore retains a central place in international fundamental research.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have acquired:

  • a thorough insight into various aspects of astronomy
  • a developed understanding of the various sciences contributing to astronomy
  • a critical research attitude
  • the ability to define and formulate strategies to study complex questions
  • the ability to integrate technological developments into basic research
  • the ability to construct simple numeric and physical-mathematical models to study data within a theoretical framework
Programme strengths


KU Leuven situates itself as a leader in astronomical research in Flanders, among other things by being the only Flemish university to offer a full master's degree in astronomy. The master programme has an international focus and attracts students from many different countries

Thanks to an extensive network of national and international collaborations, our researchers have access to large-scale modern instruments within the framework of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the European Space Agency (ESA). Moreover, thanks to KU Leuven, Flanders has its own professional Mercator telescope at the La Palma International Observatory, which master students can use during their training. Large scale numerical models in the context of projects or the master thesis can be simulated on the KU Leuven Genius supercomputer with more than 8000 cores

You obtain a broad formation in astronomy and astrophysics with strong attention to transferable skills and personal development.  The curriculum is research oriented and the master’s thesis is always well embedded into the actual research of the research groups at the Institute of Astronomy.

Career perspectives

Many astronomers conduct research through a doctoral program at local and international universities, or scientific institutions such as the Royal Observatory of Belgium and the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy. International organisations such as ESO and ESA can also become your employer.

In addition, as an astronomer you will also find your way in the computer science sector, the image processing and visualisation sector, telecommunications, air traffic control, science journalism, education ... 

Admission requirements

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics, you must have obtained an academic bachelor’s degree in the field of physics or mathematics. 

  • Bachelor of Engineering Science
  • Bachelor of Bio-Engineering Science
  • Bachelor of Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Physics
  • Bachelor of Mathematics, Minor Subject Physics
For the most recent – and only official – information on the admission requirements, please check our webpage.

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Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

1,116 EUR
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International Students

7,518 EUR
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