Master in Engineering Physics

General

Program Description

The master's program 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 program 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 program usually find their first jobs as development engineers in innovation- and development-oriented companies or as Ph.D. students in academia.

The program 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 program 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 program and give the students a great deal of freedom to tailor their own competence profile related to physics.

  • Biomedical 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.
  • Quantum Technology: 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.
  • Theoretical Physics: The Theoretical Physics track provides the students with a broad education in fundamental theoretical physics and computational physics.

Degree project

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 program (120 ECTS credits) in English. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science degree. The program is given mainly at the KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH).

Career

Graduates of this program 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.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Ariadna Soro Alvarez, Spain: "Everyone at KTH tries to make sure that all your needs are covered and your voice is heard, from teachers to coordinators, to the student union. This creates a friendly atmosphere and an easy path for networking and looking for job opportunities."

Sustainable development

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 programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Engineering Physics are:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

The main focus of the program 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 specialization in physics and to have a high ability to take responsibility for their own life-long learning. The general problem-solving techniques learned within the program 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.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Engineering Physics consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. Depending on which track you choose, you will study different courses. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

Theoretical Physics track

Mandatory courses

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (SI2380) 7.5 credits
  • Statistical Mechanics (SI2510) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Molecular Quantum Mechanics (CB2070) 7.5 credits
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics, Additional Course (SI1142) 3.0 credits
  • Simulation and Modeling (SI1336) 6.0 credits
  • Analytical Mechanics and Classical Field Theory (SI2360) 7.5 credits
  • Special Relativity (SI2371) 6.0 credits
  • General Relativity (SI2372) 3.0 credits
  • Relativistic Quantum Physics (SI2390) 7.5 credits
  • Theoretical Particle Physics (SI2400) 7.5 credits
  • Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics (SI2520) 7.5 credits
  • Computational Physics (SI2530) 7.5 credits
  • Complex Systems (SI2540) 7.5 credits
  • Biophysics (SI2720) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits

Subatomic and Astrophysics track

Mandatory courses

  • Subatomic Physics (SH2103) 7.5 credits
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (SI2380) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Theoretical Nuclear Physics (SH2011) 6.0 credits
  • Experimental Particle Physics (SH2203) 7.5 credits
  • Nuclear Physics (SH2302) 8.0 credits
  • Experimental Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics (SH2306) 8.0 credits
  • Medical Imaging, Signals and Systems (SH2314) 7.5 credits
  • Special Relativity (SI2371) 6.0 credits
  • Relativistic Quantum Physics (SI2390) 7.5 credits
  • Theoretical Particle Physics (SI2400) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits

Biomedical Physics track

Mandatory courses

  • Experimental Methods in Molecular Biophysics (SK2520) 8.0 credits
  • Biomedicine for Engineers (SK2531) 12.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Medical Imaging, Signals and Systems (SH2314) 7.5 credits
  • Computational Physics (SI2530) 7.5 credits
  • Biophysics (SI2720) 7.5 credits
  • Physics of Biomedical Microscopy (SK2500) 6.0 credits
  • Cellular Biophysics (SK2512) 10.0 credits
  • Cell Culture: Theory and Practice (SK2513) 4.0 credits
  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Biomolecular Studies (SK2521) 6.0 credits
  • X-ray Physics and Applications (SK2550) 6.0 credits
  • Nanophotonics and Bionanophotonics (SK2560) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Medical Engineering, Basic Course (HL1007) 6.0 credits
  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits

Optics & Photonics track

Mandatory courses

  • Optical Physics (SK2300) 6.0 credits
  • Light-matter Interaction (SK2902) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Problem Solving in Optics (SK2320) 6.0 credits
  • Fourier optics (SK2340) 6.0 credits
  • Optical Measurement Techniques (SK2350) 6.0 credits
  • Fundamentals of Photonics (SK2402) 7.5 credits
  • Applied Photonics (SK2403) 6.0 credits
  • Laser Physics (SK2411) 7.5 credits
  • Physics of Biomedical Microscopy (SK2500) 6.0 credits
  • X-ray Physics and Applications (SK2550) 6.0 credits
  • Nanophotonics and Bionanophotonics (SK2560) 7.5 credits
  • Laser Spectroscopy (SK2800) 8.0 credits
  • Fiber-optical Communication (SK2811) 7.5 credits
  • Quantum Photonics (SK2900) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits
  • Solid State Physics (SK2771) 5.0 credits

Quantum Technology track

Mandatory courses

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (SI2380) 7.5 credits
  • Quantum Technology (SK2903) 7.5 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics (SI2520) 7.5 credits
  • Nanophotonics and Bionanophotonics (SK2560) 7.5 credits
  • Spin Electronics (SK2710) 8.0 credits
  • Quantum Photonics (SK2900) 7.5 credits
  • Quantum Materials (SK2904) 7.5 credits
  • Superconductivity and other Quantum Liquids (SK2905) 7.5 credits
  • Quantum Circuits (SK2906) 7.5 credits

Optional course

  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits
  • Solid State Physics (SK2771) 5.0 credits

Year 2

Mandatory courses for all specializations

  • Theory and Methodology of Science (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2030) 4.5 credits
  • Research Methodology in Physics (SH2007) 3.0 credits

Theoretical Physics track

Conditionally elective courses

  • Quantum Field Theory (SI2410) 7.5 credits
  • Condensed Matter Theory (SI2600) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits

Subatomic and Astrophysics track

Conditionally elective courses

  • Astroparticle Physics (SH2204) 7.5 credits
  • Experimental Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics (SH2306) 8.0 credits
  • Astrophysics, Advanced Course (SH2403) 6.0 credits

Optional courses

  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits

Biomedical Physics track

Conditionally elective courses

  • Computational Physics (SI2530) 7.5 credits
  • Physics of Biomedical Microscopy (SK2500) 6.0 credits
  • Cell Culture: Theory and Practice (SK2513) 4.0 credits
  • Nanophotonics and Bionanophotonics (SK2560) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Medical Engineering, Basic Course (HL1007) 6.0 credits
  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits

Optics & Photonics track

Conditionally elective courses

  • Problem Solving in Optics (SK2320) 6.0 credits
  • Physics of Biomedical Microscopy (SK2500) 6.0 credits
  • Nanophotonics and Bionanophotonics (SK2560) 7.5 credits
  • Laser Spectroscopy (SK2800) 8.0 credits
  • Fiber-optical Communication (SK2811) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits

Quantum Technology track

Conditionally elective courses

  • Nanophotonics and Bionanophotonics (SK2560) 7.5 credits
  • Superconductivity and other Quantum Liquids (SK2905) 7.5 credits
  • Quantum Circuits (SK2906) 7.5 credits

Optional courses

  • Environmental physics (SK2711) 6.0 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

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: 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)

Specific requirements for the master's program 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.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program 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 program in Engineering Physics.

Last updated Apr 2020

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