Physics and Astronomy

Are you interested in theoretical and/or experimental research of elementary particles, stars and the universe? Do you want to attend lectures by Nobel Prize laureates and other internationally renowned researchers during your education? Do you want to participate actively in the latest, innovative experiments at CERN or on Antarctica? Do you aspire to have a career in academia, industry, banking, in the medical sector or education?

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international opportunities

The fields of Physics and Astronomy are inherently international: the creation and dissemination of knowledge has taken place in international cooperations for generations.

Therefore, the Department of Physics strongly encourages students to be mobile, preferably by including an exchange period in your study programme. The flexibility of the Master in Physics and Astronomy facilitates a one-semester stay in another European country.

Within Europe, the Department of Physics has Erasmus+ mobility agreements with the following universities:





However, multiple possibilities also exist for stays outside of Europe. For more information, please contact us by mail:

after your education


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is the drive to carry out your own independent project, a promoter, a challenging subject and a source of funding. Are you up for this challenge?

The minor Research in the MSc Physics and Astronomy prepares you well for a PhD position at the VUB or abroad. This minor is mainly focused on independent scientific research. You can choose to build further on the research for your Master’s thesis, or you can choose to focus your PhD research on a different topic or specialisation.

First step in the market

Physicists and astronomers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will have obtained versatile and easily applicable knowledge. They will have acquired useful skills, which effortlessly land them a job in the most diverse sectors.

From research to industry

Many graduates hold a position in scientific research. Our alumni collaborate in the most recent scientific developments, both in Belgium and abroad.

Also in industry, physicists are in high demand. Their broad experience in modeling, statistics, ICT and problem-solving makes them desirable within research and development.

Several graduates in Physics end up in banking and finance. There they work for example on risk analyses and modeling of financial markets.

Teaching the next generation

With the minor in Education you can become a teacher in secondary and/or higher education. There is a big need for teachers who can pass on their passion for Physics to the next generation of scientists.

The VUB helps you to make your first step in the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips ‘n tricks for job interviews. All an ambitious student needs!


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