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MSc Engineering Physics

The master's programme in Engineering Physics bridges the gap between theoretical physics and practical engineering, seeking to develop future technology. Solving complex problems is an integral part of the education, demanding in-depth knowledge of physics, as well as analytical and computational tools. Through specialisations, students become domain experts in one field of physics and go on to advanced industrial R&D positions or PhD studies.

Application deadlines for studies starting 2023

17 October (2022): Application opens
16 January: Last day to apply
1 February: Submit documents and, if required, pay application fee
30 March: Admission results announced
August: Arrival and study start

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Engineering Physics at KTH

The master’s programme 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 programme usually find their first jobs as development engineers in innovation- and development-oriented companies or as PhD students in academia.

The programme 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 programme in Engineering Physics. Each track contains a few mandatory courses and several conditionally elective courses and you must choose at least 40 credits of courses within your track to obtain a deep knowledge and adequate skills within one subfield of physics. Fully elective courses are an important part of the programme and give you a great deal of freedom to tailor your 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.

Biomedical Physics track

Optics and Photonics

The Optics and Photonics track is oriented towards applications where light and other types of electromagnetic radiation interact with matter.

Optics and Photonics track

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.

Quantum Technology track

Subatomic and Astrophysics

The Subatomic and Astrophysics track covers a range of basic science topics at the forefront of contemporary physics.

Subatomic and Astrophysics track

Theoretical Physics

The Theoretical Physics track provides the students with a broad education in fundamental theoretical physics and computational physics.

Theoretical Physics track

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 industry in order to help them identify their specific project aims.

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

​​​​​ Courses in the programme


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

David from Spain

"KTH is one of the best technical universities in Scandinavia, and it luckily offers a master's programme focused on Physics. I loved the flexibility when choosing courses, which allows students to tailor their education to their needs."

David from Spain

Meet the students


Graduates of this programme 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.

After graduation

Development engineer within industry, researcher in academia, research institute or industry, consultant, research manager.

"I work at Fortum as the Head of Hydro Operational Excellence, which means that my team and I are responsible for how we work with continuous improvements and our development portfolio regarding Hydro Power at Fortum."

Katarina Atteryd, Fortum

Meet the graduates

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

Sustainable development goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
4. Quality Education
Sustainable development goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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

Faculty and research

The master’s programme in Engineering Physics is supported by two departments at KTH, the Department of Physics and the Department of Applied Physics. We are mainly located at the Albanova University Centre, which is a hub for physics research within the Stockholm area. Our research is divided into over 10 different research fields that cover many parts of modern physics. Further information about our research activities and the local research environment can be found via the following links.

  • The Department of Applied Physics conducts research within biomedical & X-ray physics, biophysics, laser physics, materials- and nanophysics, nanostructure physics, photonics, quantum and biophotonics.
  • The Department of Physics conducts research within condensed matter theory, nuclear physics, particle and astroparticle physics, physics of medical imaging.
  • Albanova University Centre

Virtual campus tour

Siwat from Thailand is a student at the School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH). In the virtual tour he and some other KTH students will show you around the campuses.

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