Master of Science in Physics

The UNamur (University of Namur in Namur) and the UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve) jointly offer the master programmes (120 ECTS) in Physics as described below.

These programmes are different because of an approach based on “theoretical and experimental physics” at the UCL and an approach focused on “physics of matter and radiations” at the UNamur. The two institutions offer research focus based directly on their specificities. A teaching focus is also offered by both universities.


UNamur: “Physics of Matter and Radiation”

The physics of nanomaterials and photonics are areas of research developed in the Department of Physics. The masters is based on these areas, and closely linked to experimental and theoretical concepts on the physical properties of matter and their interfaces, nanostructures and molecules, of the interaction between radiations and matter (molecules and solids), of photonics, and nonlinear optics.

In the first year, a common core curriculum of 30 ECTS is completed with 15 ECTS in elective courses and practical training (15 ECTS). The master thesis is prepared during the second year, in parallel with the courses.

In the research focus, obligatory training (15 ECTS), both theoretical and experimental, is organised in four main areas:

  • Laser physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physics of nanostructures
  • Characterisation techniques

This training is completed with elective courses (15 ECTS) depending on the specialisation, matter or radiation, selected by the student.

UCL: “Theoretical and experimental physics, elementary particles in cosmology, the earth, the climate, and lasers.”

Basic courses (40 ECTS) provide general training and allow access to research, undertaken at the UCL, in the different domains of physics: elementary particles, nuclear physics, the study of atoms and molecules, the properties of light in extreme conditions, the internal structure of the earth and the dynamics of its climate..

The research focus offers a choice of courses in the following domains: mathematical physics, the physics of fundamental interactions, particle physics, nuclei, atoms and molecules, climatology, astronomy and geophysics, experimental methods (in collaboration with the FUNDP) and instrumentation physics. These courses clarify the different challenges and put physics into today’s world.

The professional focus “medical physics” is aimed at students who wish to prepare for a profession as a hospital physician and be certified in radiotherapy.

The thesis (30 ECTS) provides the opportunity of discovering the requirements of the research profession and takes place during the second year, in one of the research teams.


In the framework of Erasmus and other exchange programmes, and for those that choose the research focus, practical training or a visit outside the department for a maximum of 30 ECTS can be dedicated to courses or to the preparation of the master thesis.