Master of Science in Engineering Physics

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Program Description

The studies in Engineering Physics create a basis for technological applications in physics and open the door to a variety of careers in industry, science and research.

Study objectives

The studies in Engineering Physics create a basis for technological applications in physics and open the door to a variety of careers in industry, science and research. A profound understanding of physics and mathematics can be applied in finding novel solutions to both present-day and future challenges. The research focus areas include experimental and computational materials physics, nanophysics and nanoscience, quantum technology, and advanced energy technologies. The course places an emphasis on learning state of the art analytical approaches, including database driven and machine learning techniques, offering a powerful toolset applicable in a wide variety of research and commercial environments.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Engineering Physics programme have traditionally found an exceptionally wide range of careers in the private and public sector, ranging from research to consulting and management positions. A strong education in physics, closely knit to the research at Aalto University and the Department of Applied Physics, is also an excellent starting point for a career in the academia, with over a third of MSc graduates continuing their studies towards a doctoral degree in related subjects.

Typical job titles of recent graduates include Analyst, Applications Engineer, Cryo Engineer, Data Scientist, Design Engineer, Fuel Expert, Nuclear Safety Engineer, Quality Engineer, Research Scientist, System Engineer, Test Engineer, Research and Development Engineer, Reliability Engineer.

Some examples of the companies where our recently graduated alumni work are Deloitte, Fortum, GE Healthcare, Minsait, Picosun, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Rightware, Stora Enso, TVO, Vaisala, Vilant Systems, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Qualifications

Graduates of the programme will graduate with a Master of Science (Technology) degree (diplomi-insinööri in Finnish).

Post-graduate studies

The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is primarily English, and the programme can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee is €15 000 for non-EU/EEA students.

Content of the studies

The major in the Master's Programme in Engineering Physics is Engineering Physics. In addition, Aalto University participates in a double degree programme in AMIS Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (EIT Raw Materials).

The Engineering Physics major consists of two parts: core content and a flexible choice of courses selected by the student. The core courses of the major cover important topics for engineering physics and methods from computational, theoretical, and experimental physics. The core content also includes some choices for more detailed focusing on a certain subject. The rest of the studies have a very flexible structure and provide the student with the possibility of focusing in physics, nanoscience, energy studies, or designing a more cross-disciplinary content for the major. The student can also choose to complete a minor subject, or complete a more extended major.

The objective of the major is to give the student the chance of profiling the studies for future professional life while providing a very strong background in physics and mathematics. The studies include a lot of hands-on experience with research.

Structure of the studies

The student’s curriculum consists of a major (40-65 ECTS), an option for a minor (20-25 ECTS), elective studies (25-30 ECTS), and a master’s thesis (30 ECTS), 120 ECTS in total.

Thesis

Students are required to complete a Master's thesis, which is a research assignment with a workload corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. The student and the supervising professor agree upon the topic of the thesis. The topic of the thesis is usually related to the student’s major, or in some special cases to a minor. Master's theses are typically written for a company or for one of the research projects of the department in question.

Internationalisation

The study environment in the programme is strongly international, and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The School of Science offers diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be included in the degree e.g. as an international minor. Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence are e.g. conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.

Co-operation with other parties

The Department of Applied Physics has a wide network of national and international co-operation, including many joint projects and personnel with companies and research institutes. For example, the Department is part of the Helsinki Institute of Physics, which coordinates national efforts at CERN, and it hosts the Finnish node of the CECAM computational network. It is also part of the AMIS International Master’s programme, offering physics in the context of sustainable raw materials as part of a wide European EIT network.

Programme-specific admission requirements

The main admission criterion to the Master’s Programme in Engineering Physics is a high-quality Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Bachelor of Science in physics, materials science or a related field, encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent studies (i.e., a degree of at least three years of full-time studies).

  • The applicant should have a strong background in mathematics and undergraduate physics (30 ECTS or equivalent in the latter). In addition, students interested in the theoretical/computational track of studies should have good computer skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of condensed matter physics and/or practical experience with experimental and computational physics research techniques are considered an advantage.
  • A very good GRE test score will also support the application (additional test, not mandatory for applying to the programme).

Students chosen for the programme may be required to complement their previous degree with complementary studies. Complementary studies cannot be included in the Master's degree.

Last updated Nov 2019

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