The Master of Physics and Astronomy curriculum is built up according to the following principles: 30 ECTS-credits worth of compulsory general course units, 30 ECTS-credits allotted to the Master’s dissertation, 30 ECTS-allotted to the minor, and 30 ECTS-credits worth of in-depth elective course units. To facilitate a wide array of professional opportunities, there are two minors to choose from, i.e. the Research Minor or the Economics and Business Administration Minor.
The compulsory first-term course units provide an in-depth overview of all research areas for which Ghent University has the available expertise. These course units support you in your choice of research options.
From the second term onwards, you will spend a large part of your study time in one of the academic research groups. The Research Minor allows you to take on a total of 60 ECTS-credits worth of in-depth elective course units. At least 10 ECTS-credits of these must be spent on a work placement or course units at another university (college). It goes without saying that the Research Minor is an excellent preparation for starting a doctorate.
The Economics and Business Administration Minor offers 30 ECTS-credits introducing you into business and economics. Combining a scientific training with economics and business administration-related competencies is a solid preparation for a career in the business world or in regulatory and/or advisory bodies. This minor can be combined with 30 ECTS-credits worth of in-depth electives.
In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master). For more information, go to (www.ugent.be/educatievemaster, 120 ECTS-credits).