Ghent University is the only university in Flanders to offer a Master of Science in Engineering Physics. Alumni of this master has solid physical know-how and the necessary skills to have a leading role in groundbreaking physics research. At the same time, they have the engineering skills that make them wanted as innovators and developers in the industry, research institutes, and universities. The engineering component of the master’s program develops skills such as analysis, design and optimization of existing and new systems, products, machines, and materials. This involves approximating physical reality by system descriptions ranging from simple rules of thumb to expert systems. The physical component follows a reductionist approach where experiment and mathematical modeling aim at understanding and reducing physics to its basics, and deriving its governing equations. Despite the more philosophical approach, a rigorous attitude remains essential and all physical theory has to withstand experimental validation.
The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) offers most of the Master’s programs in Engineering in English. This underlines the international ambition of the faculty, as well as the importance of international education and multiple language skills for students.
The regular program leading to a master’s degree in engineering physics starts with a three-year bachelor and is completed by a two-year master. Several intakes from other bachelors or masters, both domestic and foreign, are available. The two-year master’s program itself has a limited number of obligatory courses developing a strong basis in the major fields of engineering physics. Through a wide range of optional courses the student can choose an advanced education in the basic concepts of physics; simulation and modeling; photonics; nanoscale sciences; nuclear physics and technology; electronics; materials; or bio-medical physics. A research-oriented master’s dissertation completes the program.
The Master of Science in Engineering Physics trains future engineers for the greater part for research and development careers. The broad physical scope of the Master and its eight focus clusters assures that its alumni are ready to innovate in a broad range of companies and research centers in all areas where physics is required or essential. Engineering Physics delivers engineers with expertise and an inquiring attitude that allows them to excel in multidisciplinary research as well.
Graduates find their way to companies working in photonics; nanoscale sciences; nuclear physics and technology; electronics; materials; or bio-medical physics. Some Engineering Physics alumni work in consultancy or have jobs at government institutes. After a few years, they can be found in management functions or as leading researchers and professors.
Admission (for international degree students)
Students who wish to enrol for the Master of Science in Engineering Physics can enter the program without any prerequisites if they hold the following diploma: an academic diploma of Bachelor (or Master) of Science in Engineering (university level, minimum of three years), with the main subject in Engineering Physics or an equivalent to this. Admission can only be granted after an individual application procedure. The Study Program Committee will make the final decision on whether to accept the application or not. The Study Program Committee can decide that students need to follow a preparatory course or an individual master’s program, for instance for students who hold another diploma of Bachelor or Master.
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