Ph.D. On Campus

Physics and Astronomy

KU Leuven

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The mission of the Physics and Astronomy department at KU Leuven is exploring, understanding and modelling physical realities using mathematical, computational, experimental and observational techniques.


Education of the Physics and Astronomy department at KU Leuven

As a physicist you want to unveil nature’s laws. You study the fundamental structure and coherence of physical matter, from the smallest subatomic particle to the immensity of the cosmos.

Programme Structure

Research units: 

  • Hard Condensed Matter
  • Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • (Astro)physics Education Research

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Together with the future corresponding supervisor (see art.11) the candidate requests permission from the doctoral committee of the faculty to which the corresponding supervisor is affiliated to enrol as a PhD researcher. The candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Either (1) the candidate must hold a Flemish Master’s degree relevant to the doctoral research or an equivalent higher education degree, and also have obtained at least a distinction or have distinguished him/herself with high-quality scientific publications or design-oriented achievements,
  • Or (2) the candidate must have passed the predoctoral exam with the degree of distinction (see art. 7).

The candidate must also have sufficiently mastered the language of the discipline in order to be able to participate actively in the research.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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