The master's programme in Engineering Physics prepares students for advanced industrial research and development, and further doctoral studies in physics and related subjects. Solving complex and sometimes interdisciplinary problems is a key part of the education, requiring a profound knowledge and understanding of physics, as well as experience of analytical and computational tools.
Engineering Physics at KTH
The master’s programme in Engineering Physics educates students aiming to work at the forefront of the development of future technology. Students will learn about state-of-the-art experimental and/or computational methods and will be trained to have the requisite personal skills to create new innovations. Graduates from the programme usually find their first jobs as development engineers in innovation- and development-oriented companies or as PhD students in academia.
The programme offers five tracks: Theoretical Physics, Subatomic and Astrophysics, Biomedical Physics, Optics and Photonics, and Quantum Technology. You choose a track directly when you start the master’s programme in Engineering Physics. Each track contains a few mandatory courses and students must also choose a minimum of 25 ECTS credits from a list of conditionally elective courses within each track. The fully elective courses are an important part of the programme and give the students a great deal of freedom to tailor their own competence profile related to physics.
The Biomedical Physics track is oriented towards using physics for applications and research in the life sciences, including biology, chemistry and medicine.
Optics and Photonics
The Optics and Photonics track offers knowledge and skills about how light and other types of electromagnetic radiation propagate and interact with matter.
The Quantum Technology track offers knowledge and skills within an emerging field of technology, in which quantum mechanics is explicitly used to develop novel applications.
Subatomic and Astrophysics
The Subatomic and Astrophysics track covers a range of basic science topics at the forefront of contemporary physics.
The Theoretical Physics track provides the students with a broad education in fundamental theoretical physics and computational physics.
The final term degree project may be carried out in an academic or industrial environment in Sweden or abroad. Students are also encouraged to seek other contacts in the academic field or within the industry in order to help them identify their specific project aims.
This is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) in English. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science degree. The programme is given mainly at the KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH).
Graduates of this programme can look forward to ample job opportunities, both in industry and academic research. Please see the track information for details about opportunities for graduates from the different tracks.
Development engineer within the industry, a researcher in academia, research institute or industry, research manager.
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Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Engineering Physics are:
3 Good Health and Well-being
4 Quality Education
9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
The main focus of the programme is to educate students who have the ability to develop novel technologies based on the principles of physics. Students are trained to both have deep knowledge within their specialisation in physics and to have a high ability to take responsibility for their own life-long learning. The general problem-solving techniques learnt within the programme can be used for solving problems within several of the sustainable development goals. Obvious examples of this are the biomedical innovation research within the Biomedical Physics track and the renewable energy research in the Optics and Photonics track.
Faculty and research
The master’s programme in Engineering Physics is supported by two departments at KTH, the Department of Physics and the Department of Applied Physics. We are mainly located at the Albanova University Centre, which is a hub for physics research within the Stockholm area. Our research is divided into over 10 different research fields that cover many parts of modern physics. Further information about our research activities and the local research environment can be found via the following links.
The conducts research within biomedical & X-ray physics, biophysics, laser physics, materials- and nanophysics, nanostructure physics, photonics, quantum and biophotonics.
The Department of Physics conducts research within condensed matter theory, nuclear physics, particle and astroparticle physics, physics of medical imaging.
Albanova University Centre
To be eligible for the programme, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English, and meet the programme-specific requirements.
A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognised university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programmes, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and, if qualified, will receive a conditional acceptance. These applicants must include a written statement according to the instructions given by University Admissions. Students in the final year of undergraduate studies at a Swedish university do not have to provide a written statement in order, if qualified, to receive a conditional acceptance. They must, however, have completed 150 ECTS credits in the bachelor’s programme by 1 February.
English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:
TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)
The language requirement can also be fulfilled through previous university and upper secondary school studies. More information on recognized English tests, previous studies, and required documents is provided by University Admissions.
​Specific requirements for the master's programme in Engineering Physics
A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) corresponding to 180 ECTS credits, with courses in:
Mathematics and programming: must include (i) differential and integral calculus in several variables, (ii) linear algebra, (iii) numerical analysis, (iv) ordinary and partial differential equations and integral transforms, (v) mathematical statistics and (vi) basics of programming in a higher programming language equivalent to at least 35 ECTS credits in total.
Physics: must include (i) classical mechanics, (ii) thermodynamics, (iii) electromagnetism (iv) waves, (v) geometrical optics and (vi) quantum mechanics equivalent to at least 45 ECTS credits in total.
Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentation. The following general and programme-specific documents must therefore be included in the application in the specified order:
Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
Proof of English proficiency
A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents
Specific documents for the master's programme in Engineering Physics
Summary sheet *
*In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to fill out the online summary sheet. If you do not include a summary sheet, this will negatively affect your evaluation score. Be sure to fill out all of the required information before you submit the form. Please note that the summary sheet is the only specific document required when applying to the master's programme in Engineering Physics.
If you have questions regarding the summary sheet please contact the programme directly.