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Master [120] of science in Physics - PHYS2M

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Retour en début de pageStudy objectives

The programme for the Master in Physics provides training in the fundamental laws and essential tools of modern physics, with a focus that enables students successfully to enter either the world research (research focus) or the world of teaching (teaching focus), or the medical world (professional focus in medical physics). An opening into the industrial or medical worlds is also possible by doing the dissertation in an industrial or a hospital environment.
This training leads to the acquisition of skills such as ability to analyse a problem in physics, abstraction and modelling, rigour in reasoning and expression, a critical attitude, self-assessment and ability to communicate, including in English.

Students who aim to go on to do research should choose the research focus. The themes for this focus are summarized in the title : From elementary particles to the cosmos : experience and theory, Earth and light. These words define the essence of research done in the Department at the theoretical and experimental level : the search for elementary particles, fundamental interactions in the infinitesimal and the cosmos, changes in the nucleus and its applications, study of the atom, the molecule and properties of light. The internal and external structure of the Earth system is also studied as well as the dynamics of climate.

The professional focus in medical physics is to prepare physicists for the profession of hospital physicist and the radiotherapy qualification. The Master is, however, not enough: an additional year of work placement in a medical environment is necessary, together with some extra courses, to satisfy the legal requirements.  

The teaching focus is a specially adapted programme designed for teachers at higher levels in secondary education.


Retour en début de pageGeneral presentation of the programme

The programme comprises core subjects of 72 credits, a focus of 30 credits (research, teaching or professional in medical physics) and 18 credits for optional subjects.  

Wathever the focus or the options chosen, the programme of this master shall totalise 120 credits, spread over two years of studies each of 60 credits

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Retour en début de pagePositioning of the programme

Whatever focus is chosen, the Master in Mathematics gives direct access to the doctorate in science.

In addition there are two specially adapted advanced training programmes for which diplomas may be awarded :

1)  A year of further study at Mol, after the 120 credit Master, enables students to take the English-speaking inter-university programme entitledMaster in nuclear engineering organized by the BNEN (Belgian Nuclear Higher Education Network). (The intensive courses are given in English by lecturers from different Belgian universities at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre at Mol).

2) Students who have successfully completed the Master with a professional focus in medical physics may gain the expert qualification in radiotherapy, medical radiophysics or radiology if they undertake a further year of work placement after the 120 credit Master. This work placement will also include some additional courses required by the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (Agence fédérale de contrôle nucléaire). This will cover or provide additional training inthe following subjects (Regulation  article 51.7) :
•  Principles, techniques and quality control in medical imaging
•  Special issues in radioprotection etc.
•  Radiochemistry, radiotoxicology and radiopharmacy
•  Risk assessment for radioactive waste in the environment in both normal and accidental circumstances and emergency plan for nuclear risks.


Retour en début de pageCertificates

The course listed in the professional focus may count towards the award of the certificate of further study in radioprotection and application of ionizing radiations for those who wish to obtain a qualification in the monitoring and protection of workers and the population against the danger of ionizing radiations.
Eligibility : doctors, pharmacists, veterinary surgeons, holders of a science degree, civil engineers, agricultural engineers, industrial engineers.
Students must, among other things, take advanced course in nuclear physics and nuclear techniques :

  • PHY2236  : Nuclear Detectors and Electronics and Measurement of Ionizing Radiation
  • PHY2360 :  Atomic, Nuclear and Radiation Physics

PHY2340 :  Production, Use, Management and Control of Radioelements


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