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Bachelor in Physics

  • academic year
    2019-2020
Bachelor in Physics

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  • Programme title
    Bachelor in Physics
  • Programme mnemonic
    BA-PHYS
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Sciences
  • Degree type
    Bachelors
  • Tier
    1th cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Sciences and technics/Sciences
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    french
  • Theoretical programme duration
    3 years
  • Campus
    Plaine/Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Sciences and technics - Sciences
  • Jury President
    Simone NAPOLITANO
  • Jury Secretary
    Ioana Codrina MARIS

Details

General information

Degree type

Bacheliers

Theoretical programme duration

3 years

Learning language(s)

french

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Plaine/Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Sciences and technics - Sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)
Infor-études

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.

Presentation

Physicists explore the world and build new knowledge from experimental observations and reasoning. To reach that goal they need to become experts in mathematics and in computer science but they also need to develop their creativity and innovative capacity. It is then that they become capable of establishing new methods and new tools to solve present and future problems rigorously and efficiently.

A degree in physics and the skills gained should render the students well versed in areas ranging from medicine to finance through pure and applied sciences.

Physics is a fascinating field, but one that will require determination and the ability to work autonomously.

From the first year, various teaching methods are used: lectures, practicals (exercises and laboratory), interactive seminars, homework and personal work. Practicals represent about 50% of the time.

Physicists are trained to solve new and complex problems. Right from the first year they have to face experimental and theoretical situations. In addition to the many exercises and laboratory works (~50%), they develop projects during the “Printemps des Sciences” (Bloc 2) and under the supervision of a faculty researcher from one of the teams in the Physics Department (Bloc 3). A visit of the European laboratory of particle physics, CERN, in Geneva, is organized in Bloc 3.

ULB isthe only complete university located in the capital of Europe. Almost one third of the students are foreigners and this very valuable multi cultural environment favours its international relationships.

The ULB Physics Department has several research groups of international reputation having obtained scientific awards, some being very prestigious. It also hosts the worldwide known International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry.

In the 1st year each student may be chaperoned by older students and is entitled to individual guidance in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Each student has access to online exercises on the “Virtual University”.

Facilities at your disposal:

  • general physics laboratories and leading-edge research laboratories.

  • the ULB physics “Experimentarium” : a museum of experiments and also an interactive, constantly evolving, laboratory.

  • study rooms.

  • computer rooms.

  • libraries.

  • online courses and practicals on the « Virtual University ».

Exchange agreements, from 6 months to one year, with other universities in Belgium and abroad have been set up for students from bloc 3 onwards (optional). Courses taken in partner universities are officially recognized by ULB at the end of the BA.

Access conditions

Programme

At ULB, an emphasis is put on understanding the scientific method and students are well prepared for careers in both pure and applied research. Teaching follows the most recent research results.

During the three first years (BA), students receive the necessary basic education in mathematics (32%), physics (51%) and chemistry (6%). This is complemented by English (3%), computer science (5%) and some optional subjects (3%), aiming to either broaden the students’ scientific culture or to increase their knowledge of English. An ability to take initiative is very important and will be exercised both when it comes to your individual work or to placement within a research team in the physics department, per your choice.

The various topics covered are:

  • Classical and 20th century physics

  • Quantum mechanics

  • Statistical and non-linear physics

  • Astronomy and astrophysics

  • Fundamental interactions and structure of matter

What's next ?

Prospects

If you go on to do a Master in Physics, you have the option of working in the following areas:

  • Pure research (physics, biophysics, geophysics, astrophysics).

  • Applied research (physics, nuclear medicine, image reconstruction, meteorology, telecommunications, energy production).

  • Research and Development (various sectors of engineering, computer science, actuaries).

  • Teaching (physics, mathematics, computer science).

  • Consultancy.

Due to their analytical problem solving skills, physicists with a master’s degree are very much in demand.

If you go on to do a Master in Physics, you have the option of working in the following areas:

  • Pure research (physics, biophysics, geophysics, astrophysics).

  • Applied research (physics, nuclear medicine, image reconstruction, meteorology, telecommunications, energy production).

  • Research and Development (various sectors of engineering, computer science, actuaries).

  • Teaching (physics, mathematics, computer science).

  • Consultancy.

Due to their analytical problem solving skills, physicists with a master’s degree are very much in demand.

If you go on to do a Master in Physics, you have the following career options:

  • Researcher in large public or private institutions (pure and applied research).

  • Career in industry (research and development, engineering).

  • Career in the banking and insurance sector (data processing, actuaries).

  • Career in the computer science sector. If you go on to do a Master in Physics, you have the option of working in the following areas:

  • Pure research (physics, biophysics, geophysics, astrophysics).

  • Applied research (physics, nuclear medicine, image reconstruction, meteorology, telecommunications, energy production).

  • Research and Development (various sectors of engineering, computer science, actuaries).

  • Teaching (physics, mathematics, computer science).

  • Consultancy.

Due to their analytical problem solving skills, physicists with a master’s degree are very much in demand.

If you go on to do a Master in Physics, you have the option of working in the following areas:

  • Pure research (physics, biophysics, geophysics, astrophysics).

  • Applied research (physics, nuclear medicine, image reconstruction, meteorology, telecommunications, energy production).

  • Research and Development (various sectors of engineering, computer science, actuaries).

  • Teaching (physics, mathematics, computer science).

  • Consultancy.

Due to their analytical problem solving skills, physicists with a master’s degree are very much in demand.

If you go on to do a Master in Physics, you have the following career options:

  • Researcher in large public or private institutions (pure and applied research).

  • Career in industry (research and development, engineering).

  • Career in the banking and insurance sector (data processing, actuaries).

  • Career in the computer science sector.