Master of Science in Natural Sciences in Belgium

Compare MSc Programs in Natural Sciences in Belgium 2019

Natural Sciences

A Master of Science or MSc is a postgraduate degree typically in the fields of sciences and social sciences. MSc may be course-based, research-based, or a mixture of the two.

Natural sciences studies teach how the scientific method can be applied to the study of nature and the universe. There may be many opportunities for specialization in a specific branch such as Earth science, physics or chemistry.

With university education being upper most level in the education system of the Belgium, the government has put more emphasis to make sure that the students’ lives is made as simple as possible through the loan and grants programs. They offer sponsors for international students with poor and vulnerable backgrounds who would like to study in this country.

Top Master of Science Degrees in Natural Sciences in Belgium 2019

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International Master of Science in Soils and Global Change

Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Ghent

The International Master of Science in Soils and Global Change (IMSOGLO) programme aims at teaching the knowledge, tools, technologies and applications in the context of soils and global change by bringing together the expertise of research groups at 4 renown EU universities [+]

Increased population pressure, industrialisation and intensive land use are causing depletion of natural resources and are limiting the performance of land with respect to its functions such as biomass production, carbon sequestration, water purification, etcetera. The additive effects of climate change and the above-mentioned aspects of global change influence the capacity of soils to regenerate and may even cause soil degradation.

The future capacity of soils to support (human) life is at stake. Programmes have been developed to protect the environment and to increase ecosystem resilience. Numerous directives on soil response to external pressures have been developed and implemented. A wealth of scientific knowledge is available but dispersed due to the specialisation of research groups, which makes it difficult for students to follow a focused curriculum on soils and global change at any individual university.... [-]


Master in Physics and Astronomy

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Brussels

The Master in Physics and Astronomy is a two-year (120 ECTS) advanced study in physics organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Flemish university located in Brussels, Belgium. This MSc programme combines the expertise in the different research domains of both the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ghent University (UGent). [+]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Master in Physics and Astronomy is a two-year (120 ECTS) advanced study in physics organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Flemish university located in Brussels, Belgium. This MSc programme combines the expertise in the different research domains of both the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ghent University (UGent).

This master's offers:

a broad scientific formation with a wide range of career opportunities; the possibility to do research for your Master thesis in experimental and theoretical research groups with a strong, international reputation; the presence of the famous International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry, where Nobel Prize laureates and other top researchers are regular visitors; internship possibilities at CERN and other research institutions, as well as the possibility to do an internship in business; a high-level education in vibrant and multicultural Brussels, the capital of Europe. ... [-]

Master in Chemistry

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Brussels

The MSc in Chemistry aspires to enable students to acquire due knowledge, understanding and practical skills and to gain a duly scientific method of thinking. Students are also enabled to prepare for a teaching career by way of a series of specific elective degree courses. [+]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The English-taught Master in Chemistry is a two-year (120 ECTS) advanced study in chemistry organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Flemish university located in Brussels, Belgium. This MSc programme combines the expertise in the different research domains of both the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Ghent University (UGent).

This master's offers:

a high-level scientific education that combines a solid theoretical background with real hands-on experimental skills and critical thinking; the possibility to work in modern, state-of-the-art laboratories and be part of dynamic interuniversity research groups; a multidisciplinary programme, where you can complement your chosen cluster with electives selected from the profiles research and industry; flexibility to tailor your study programme to meet specific interests; an excellent preparation for a career in education; the possibility to follow part of your programme abroad; a high-level education in vibrant and multicultural Brussels, the capital of Europe. ... [-]

Master in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans and Lakes)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Brussels

The interuniversity master’s programme offers a multidisciplinary approach to marine and lacustrine systems. It integrates physical, chemical, geological, ecological and societal aspects and encourages students to also consider conservational and sustainability features. [+]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The programme provides insight into the diversity and complexity of the life and processes in the oceans, seas, lakes and estuaries and skills to study and manage them. In many cases, this diversity is endangered because the aquatic environment is increasingly coming under pressure—climate change, biodiversity erosion, increasing fishery requirements and overfishing, pollution, developments in aquaculture, coastal reclamation, etc. This 2-year master programme addresses students with a background in Sciences. It provides you with strong fundamental and applied knowledge and prepares you for an active role in the scientific research and management of marine ecosystems. The programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach integrating physical, chemical geological, ecological and societal aspects and including nature conservation and sustainable development. This programme trains students in playing a key role in high quality scientific marine research providing advice in marine management based on sound scientific knowledge becoming critically minded, problem-solving and communicative scientists... [-]


Master in Geography

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Brussels

The interuniversity Master’s programme in Geography offers a comprehensive training in spatial approaches to social and/or natural phenomena. As such, it offers a wholly different, fundamentally multidisciplinary and very exciting point of view to a whole lot of events and processes. [+]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Master of Geography programme is a two-year advanced study organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the K.U.Leuven. This inter-university master’s programme provides the students with comprehensive training in spatial approaches to social and/or natural phenomena.The global aim of the master’s programme is to generate geographers that can play an active role in contemporary society.The following specialisations are offered:

1. GIS and Spatial Modelling

2. City, Society and Space

3. Earth and Climate

Go to program webpage

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The master’s programme presupposes a broad basic knowledge of the natural and social sciences, as well as a broad introduction to geography. Equivalency of foreign degrees (Non-Belgian) will be evaluated case by case by the Geography Admission Board.... [-]


Master in Biology

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Brussels

This unique programme offers various specializations. Students can choose from 1. Ecology and Biodiversity, 2. Molecular & Cellular Life Sciences, 3. Herpetology, 4. Human Ecology and 5. Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems [+]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

At the VUB, we offer a strong, research-focused and thesis-based Master programme in which graduate students interact closely with their teachers and supervisors from the first day of their entry. In addition, being located in the heart of Europe, Belgium ensures the proximity of academic and medical institutions, biotechnological know-how, and government agencies to offer the ideal intellectual and career environment.

Go to program webpage

The programme includes the following profiles students can choose from:

Ecology and Biodiversity Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences Herpetology Human Ecology Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS... [-]


Master of Biology: Global Change Biology (M.Sc.)

University of Antwerp
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Antwerp

Acquire insight into the drivers of global change and its consequences at all levels of biological organization, from molecules over cells, individual organisms and populations to communities and ecosystems. Participate in state-of-the-art research performed at the internationally renowned Department of Biology. [+]

Programme content

The Master's programme in Biology with a specialization in Global Change Biology helps you to acquire a thorough insight into the complex causes and consequences of global change. You will learn how climate change, global alterations of land use, disrupted water- and biogeochemical cycles, pollution, biological invasions and loss of biodiversity are threatening the viability of our planet, for us humans, and many organisms in natural ecosystems. During the preparation of your Master's thesis, you will be exposed to high-level research environments in the department. Through interactions with professors, Ph.D. students, and staff members, you will develop the skills and competence required to research the phenomenon of global change and to help mitigate its effects.... [-]


M.Sc. in Physics

University of Antwerp
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Antwerp

Sustained S&T and industrial development over the last decade induced an increasing need for specialised, top-notch, advanced university training in the fields of nanophysics and material science. [+]

The M.Sc. in Physics with specialization in nanophysics provides advanced courses on the fundamental physics that determine the structure and govern the dynamics at the nanometer scale. Topics of direct interest are quantum physics and chemistry, nanoparticles, nanotubes and fullerenes, graphene, nanobiology, nanomagnetism, superconductivity, electron microscopy and spectroscopy, tomography etc.

The courses are taught by renown scientists in their respective fields. The research teams hosting the program have a long tradition in theoretical, computational and experimental techniques in nanophysics. The interaction with professors, Ph.D. students, and other faculty members is encouraged as this will enhance your research competences.... [-]


Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering (Leuven)

KU Leuven: Faculty of Engineering Science
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

This master’s program combines the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanometer scale with courses on technology and engineering. The program fits into the growing worldwide convergence between the basic sciences and between science, technology and engineering sciences in general. Nanotechnology and nanoengineering are the application of this science in new nanomaterials and nano concepts for new components, systems, and products. [+]

This master’s program combines the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanometer scale with courses on technology and engineering. The program fits into the growing worldwide convergence between the basic sciences and between science, technology and engineering sciences in general. Nanotechnology and nanoengineering are the application of this science in new nanomaterials and nano concepts for new components, systems, and products.

What's the Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, and Nanoengineering all about?

Nanoscience is the study of phenomena and manipulation on the atomic and molecular scales (nanometers: i.e., one billionth of a meter). Important material properties such as the electrical, optical and mechanical are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble into larger structures on the nanoscale.... [-]


Master of Mathematical Engineering (Leuven)

KU Leuven: Faculty of Engineering Science
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Without mathematical tools, there would be no internet search engines, no weather forecast, no security in banking. Mathematical models and techniques play an important role in automatic pilot technologies, the design of quieter cars, the optimisation of wind farms, medical scanners, etc. At first sight, these applications have little in common, but they all process a large amount of data. Mathematics is becoming critical in many applications because of increasing model complexity and higher demands from customers and the environment. [+]

Without mathematical tools, there would be no internet search engines, no weather forecast, no security in banking. Mathematical models and techniques play an important role in automatic pilot technologies, the design of quieter cars, the optimisation of wind farms, medical scanners, etc. At first sight, these applications have little in common, but they all process a large amount of data. Mathematics is becoming critical in many applications because of increasing model complexity and higher demands from customers and the environment.

What's the Master of Mathematical Engineering all about?

The Master of Science in Mathematical Engineering is unique in Flanders and is supported by high-quality research that has led to several spin-off companies.... [-]


Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Leuven et al)

KU Leuven: Faculty of Engineering Science
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Leuven

The word Nanoscience refers to the study, manipulation, and engineering of matter, particles, and structures on the nanometer scale. Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience leading to the use of new nanomaterials and nanosize components in useful products. KU Leuven offers this joint Erasmus Mundus Master together with universities in Barcelona (Spain), Chalmers (Sweden), Grenoble (France) and Dresden (Germany). [+]

www.emm-nano.org

The word Nanoscience refers to the study, manipulation, and engineering of matter, particles, and structures on the nanometer scale. Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience leading to the use of new nanomaterials and nanosize components in useful products.

KU Leuven offers this joint Erasmus Mundus Master together with universities in Barcelona (Spain), Chalmers (Sweden), Grenoble (France) and Dresden (Germany).

What’s the Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology all about?

http://www.emm-nano.org/

Within the Erasmus Mundus framework, four leading educational institutions in Europe offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The partner institutions are:... [-]


Master of Space Studies (Leuven et al)

KU Leuven: Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The Master of Space Studies program is designed to prepare scientists to respond to a myriad of challenges and opportunities. In addition to coursework in space sciences, the curriculum is enriched by a Master's thesis and a series of guest lecturers from international, national and regional institutions. [+]

The space sector plays an important role in economic, social, technological and scientific developments. The future of the sector and its manifold applications require highly skilled experts with a broad interdisciplinary perspective. The development of innovative space technologies is fostered by an intense symbiosis between technological sectors and the challenges set by fundamental research in exact and biomedical sciences. Additionally, the economic and social valorization of space technologies requires an efficient relationship between project developers and the economic sector.

The large scale of space projects imposes important constraints on management. The international character of the space sector and of its broad applications, including the relevance of space for security and defense, implies a need for European and international legal and political measures.... [-]


EMerald: Master in Resources Engineering (Innovative Education in Geometallurgy and Circular Economy)

EIT RawMaterials Academy EMerald
Campus 2 years Belgium Liège

The EMerald Master programme was created to answer the urgent need expressed by the European Union to create a resource efficient Europe. As the EU recognised the importance of mineral and metal resources in our modern economy, it also realised that the raw materials industries were facing a critical skills shortage. The EMerald Master programme aims to train a new generation of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset and a global vision of the value chain, putting the extraction of mineral and metal resources at the beginning of a circle which ends by collecting end-of-life products and recovering valuable materials out of the urban mines (circular economy). [+]

Awarded the EIT Label in 2016

The Challenge

The EMerald Master programme was created to answer the urgent need expressed by the European Union to create a resource efficient Europe. As the EU recognised the importance of mineral and metal resources in our modern economy, it also realised that the raw materials industries were facing a critical skills shortage.

The EMerald Master programme aims to train a new generation of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset and a global vision of the value chain, putting the extraction of mineral and metal resources at the beginning of a circle which ends by collecting end-of-life products and recovering valuable materials out of the urban mines (circular economy). Therefore, the Master course will focus on two aspects:... [-]


Master of Science in Space Studies

Ghent University - Faculty of Sciences
Campus 1 year September 2019 Belgium Ghent

(Program jointly offered by Ghent University, KU Leuven) Human activities in space play an ever-increasing role in our society. Space missions have evolved from merely showcasing events that explore new technologies in new environments to utilitarian operations that serve various purposes such as telecommunications around the globe, weather prediction or advanced research in zero gravity. In order to illustrate this, the European Space Agency (ESA) has estimated that only 5% of the space-related industry is involved with the manufacture and launch of satellites! [+]

(Program jointly offered by Ghent University, KU Leuven)

The space sector is an important component of modern life, in terms of economic, societal, technological and scientific developments. This sector and its manifold applications help to sustain the prosperity of our society. Its future requires highly skilled experts with a broad interdisciplinary view. The development of innovative technologies is fostered by intense symbiosis between technological sectors and the challenges set by fundamental research in exact and biomedical sciences. The economic and societal valorisation of space technologies requires an efficient understanding between project developers and the economic sectors. The large scale of space projects imposes important constraints on their management. The international character of the space sector and of its broad applications, including the relevance of space for security and defense, implies a need for European and international legal and political measures.... [-]


Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management

Ghent University - Faculty of Sciences
Campus 2 years September 2019 Belgium Ghent

The two-year program Master in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans & Lakes) – organized jointly by Ghent University, University of Antwerp and Vrij Universiteit Brussel – addresses students with a background in sciences. It provides students a strong fundamental and applied knowledge and prepares them for an active role in the scientific research and management of marine and lacustrine systems. [+]

Bodies of water, including oceans, large lakes, seas and estuaries, make up the largest part of the earth’s surface. Well above 70% of the earth’s surface consists of water, which is essential for all life. Humans extract both directly and indirectly a major part of their food from the seas, photosynthesis in the oceans is responsible for approximately half of the global oxygen production, the oceans continue to yield unknown life forms at an astonishing rate. In spite of the importance of the water bodies of this earth, much of them remains unknown. Course content

The two-year program Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans & Lakes) addresses students with a background in sciences. Oceans & Lakes is an interuniversity program jointly offered by Ghent University, University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It provides students with a strong fundamental and applied knowledge and prepares them for an active role in the scientific research and management of marine and lacustrine systems.... [-]