Master in Physics


Program Description

Master in Physics

The Faculty has successfully updated its accreditation of the Master Program. It is a full-time program extending for 2 years (4 semesters). The students are expected to attend lectures, practicals, and seminars throughout the semester.

Candidates for the degree program are required to pass an entrance examination, following which they can choose an accredited degree course, which can often be an extension of the undergraduate program.


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The Master Program offers:

  • Interesting lectures by professionals from the Czech Republic and abroad;
  • Participation in scientific teams after admission to the program;
  • Accredited supervisors;
  • Long-term study stays and internships at partner universities and international research centers;

Qualifications and requirements to be met by the prospective student:

  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a technical university or engineering school in the Czech Republic or abroad;
  • Must successfully pass the master course entrance exams (FNSPE CTU graduates can be exempt from candidacy examination if they intend to extend their education in the same field and have performed well in the Final State Examination).

Upon attainment of the required number of credits (120), successful completion of coursework in all courses, submission and defense of the Master's Thesis, and successful passage of the State Final Examination, the student is awarded a Master's Degree (Mgr., the title of Ing. in Czech) at a graduation ceremony in the Bethlehem Chapel. This is a prerequisite for entering the Doctoral Program or pursuing employment or a career in e.g. research. Many graduates start their careers in the ČEZ Group (ČEZ), Proton Therapy Centre Czech, ELI Centre, IBM, in banks, or hospitals.

Fields of Study

Diagnostics of Materials

The master's degree course in Diagnostics of Materials is inter-disciplinary and is largely oriented towards the study of advanced topics of materials science. It provides knowledge of the behavior of objects and their systems in terms of mechanical and structural properties of materials during the process of failure, of products´ lifetimes, and of new technologies. The course is multi-disciplinary and provides advanced elements of classical and modern physics, mathematics, and informatics. It trains the student to have the technical competency for the use of methods derived from physics in natural sciences and in engineering practice, often based on modern computer technologies. Physics-based science courses cover mechanics and electricity and magnetism.

Students acquire a deeper knowledge especially of physics-based metallurgy, electromechanics, dynamics of the continuum, the theory of plasticity, fracture and computational mechanics, the fatigue of materials, and non-destructive diagnostics. The courses are continuously updated to acquaint the students with the most recent state-of-the-art of the subject. Part of the course also includes specialized laboratory training and a project on a topic of the student’s choosing. Work on the project helps to obtain insight into the issue, moreover, the findings are often published in scientific journals

Physics and Technology of Thermonuclear Fusion

The master´s degree course in Physics and Technology of Thermonuclear Fusion is interdisciplinary in character and includes classical and advanced sections of physics of thermonuclear fusion. It prepares students for careers combining natural sciences, engineering, and information technology.

The in-depth instruction provides an insight into the state-of-the-art of the field. The course curriculum also includes specialized training in laboratory work and individual independent student projects on a given topic, often producing encouraging results publishable in scientific journals.

In this course, future graduates gain a thorough knowledge of mathematics and physics applicable to solving engineering, research, and scientific problems related to physics and plasma technology, in particular, thermonuclear fusion. This master´s degree course in Physics and Technology of Thermonuclear Fusion consists of three main elements: theory, experimental physics, and fusion technology, and students are expected to demonstrate an in-depth mastery of their fundamentals. However, they are allowed considerable freedom to specialize and choose optional lectures and the topic of their master´s thesis. In addition to lectures offering knowledge of the theory, students have hands-on training and experience on the Golem tokamak, newly installed at the Faculty. Such training also takes place in partner institutions, especially in the Czech Academy of Sciences (on the Compass tokamak). Moreover, the degree course program is closely linked to the European-coordinated fusion research program (thanks to the Faculty´s membership in the EURATOM-IPR.CR Association), which offers students many mobility programs.

Computational Physics

The study of Computational Physics has a multi-disciplinary form at a boundary of modern parts of physics, mathematics, and informatics. This branch leads the students to use their knowledge from this field in physics and engineering practice with emphasis to use modern information technologies and methods.

Individual subjects of this field are devoted to deeper education in the fields of computational physics, numerical methods for solving physical problems and selected fields of modern applied physics and informatics. The studies include individual student projects carried out independently by the student on a given topic. The projects equip the student with a firmer grasp of the field and often yield in original results publishable in scientific magazines.

Solid State Engineering

The master´s degree course in Solid State Engineering is oriented towards advanced topics of condensed matter physics. It offers knowledge of the physical essence of condensed matter and theoretical description and interpretation of unique phenomena and properties in terms of the internal structure of solids. It also acquaints students with the principals of experimental techniques and with an overview of technical applications in researching the above phenomena and properties.

The students are trained to use up-to-date computer technology and computer simulations to address issues in engineering and natural sciences. The course curriculum includes specialized laboratory training and independent student projects on a topic of their own choosing. These projects help students to orient themselves in the issue and often provide challenging results publishable in scientific journals or applicable to the development of new engineering technologies.

Laser Technology and Electronics

The master´s degree course in Laser Technology and Electronics is oriented towards advanced topics of physical electronics, laser technology, optics, and laser electronics. In their work, the graduates can capitalize on the knowledge of natural sciences and engineering and modern information technology.

The courses as such provide training in sciences extending the knowledge of electronics and laser technology and offer an insight into their state-of-the-art. The degree course also includes specialized laboratory courses and independent student projects on a topic chosen by the student. The project gives the students a good opportunity to immerse themselves in the field studied, and often the project results are worth publishing in scientific journals.

The students are also educated to understand and fully grasp the nature of physical phenomena occurring during the generation and applications of laser radiation. They also acquire detailed know-how of the design and construction of various types of up-to-date laser systems, characterization of the generated radiation, and an understanding of the interaction of laser radiation with matter. And, also, they learn to understand and design special electronic systems used in laser technology.

Optics and Nanostructures

The master´s degree course in Optics and Nanostructures is multi-disciplinary and is oriented towards advanced topics of optics, solid-state physics, and physics of nanostructures and nanotechnologies, and is further based on selected lectures on e.g. laser technologies and plasma. It also develops detailed physics-oriented computer skills. The students are instructed on how to apply their skills in modern information technology to natural sciences and engineering. The course subjects give the students knowledge of the field and significant insight into its state-of-the-art.

Besides general theoretical education, students can also gain specific experience and practical skills in experimentally-oriented training (from advanced optical practicals and excursions to various specialized laboratories, to their own experimental research). At the same time, students familiarise themselves with modern trends in the given field. The student projects assigned provide further orientation in terms of the given topic and usually result in original findings publishable in scientific journals, or in the design and development of new engineering technologies. Based on the topic of the project, the students also choose their elective lectures.

Entrance exam

  • Yes (written and interview)

Fields of Study

  • Diagnostics of Materials
  • Physics and Technology of Thermonuclear Fusion
  • Computational Physics
  • Solid State Engineering
  • Laser Technology and Electronics
  • Optics and Nanostructures

Entrance Requirements

  • Application form
  • Completion of secondary or secondary technical education and graduation from a Bachelor or Master Study Program in an equivalent or similar branch
  • Submission of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate
  • Nostrification of Diploma
  • English Language (min. B2)
  • No more than one application for the study program in the past
  • Admission fee 650,- CZK (approx. 25€)

Level of English

  • An examination certificate proving English language competence at a level not below B2

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Czech Technical University in Prague is the oldest technical university in Europe, founded in 1707 and is currently a leading technical research university within the region and in the Prague Research ... Read More

Czech Technical University in Prague is the oldest technical university in Europe, founded in 1707 and is currently a leading technical research university within the region and in the Prague Research cluster. CTU offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs at 8 faculties: Faculty of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Sciences, and Physical Engineering, Architecture, Transportation Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Information Technology and programs at MIAS School of Business. Moreover, CTU offers free sports courses, you may visit and study in the National Library of Technology and feel the international community in the Campus Dejvice in the heart of Europe. Read less