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MasterParticle and Astrophysics

Particle physics and Astrophysics both use the laws of physics to study the universe. In this specialisation, you’ll dive into extreme worlds and unravel the inner workings of the universe from the smallest to the largest scales.

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  • This Master’s specialisation provides you with a thorough background in High Energy Physics, Astrophysics, and Theoretical Physics and the interface between them.
  • There’s plenty of room to adapt the programme to your specific interests.
  • You’ll get the opportunity to perform theoretical, experimental or observational research at IMAPP.
  • It's possible to participate in large-scale research projects, such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the Event Horizon Telescope or gravitational wave detectors like LIGO.
  • You can contribute to forefront research by developing theoretical foundations for gravity and particle physics.
  • You can study the synergy tracks Gravity+ and Computational and Data Science.
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Admission requirements

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It is so exciting to learn about the amazing physics that describes our universe and frontiers of our knowledge about space.
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What will you learn

The Universe is an excellent laboratory: it tells us how the physical laws work under conditions of ultra-high temperature, pressure, magnetic fields, and gravity. In this specialisation you’ll learn how to decode that information, making use of advanced telescopes and observatories. Moreover, we’ll provide you with a thorough theoretical background in particle physics and astrophysics. Within this specialisation, you can choose to focus on astrophysics or high energy physics - or if you're interested in the theories and predictions underlying all experimental work, we offer an extensive programme in mathematical or theoretical physics.

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Future career opportunities

This Master’s specialisation is an excellent preparation for a career in research, either at a university, at an institute (think of ESA and CERN) or at a company. However, many of our students end up in other business or government positions as well. Researchers in the field of Particle and Astrophysics develop advanced detector techniques that are often also useful for other applications. This resulted in numerous spin-off companies in for example medical equipment and detectors for industrial processes.

After your studies


All research of the Master’s specialisation Particle and Astrophysics is comprised in the research Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP). In addition to research in the individual disciplines, IMAPP also fosters research that connects them. This provides a unique research environment for curious students, where mathematics teams up with high-energy physics (on topics such as quantum gravity or noncommutative geometry) or high-energy physics with astrophysics (on topics such as astroparticle physics or cosmic rays).

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.