Master's Program in Engineering Physics

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Aalto University

About this program

Master's Program in Engineering Physics

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.

The program can be completed entirely in English. Some courses can be taken in Finnish or Swedish. 

Admission requirements

The main admission criterion to the Master’s program 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 program).

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

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The Engineering Physics major consists of two parts: a 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 includes also 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 on physics, nanoscience, energy studies, or designing more cross-disciplinary content for the major. The student can also choose to complete a minor subject, or complete a long major

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year


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

Continuing studies

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

Career paths

Graduates of the Engineering Physics program 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.

About this institute

Aalto University

With a unique combination of technology, arts and business programmes, of which more than 100 are offered in English, Aalto University is an excellent study choice for international students. Around 25% of our 13,000 degree students are international, making us...

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Aalto University

Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

Phone no: +358947001


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