Master's programme in Engineering Physics

The master's programme in Engineering Physics prepares students for advanced industrial research and development and further doctoral studies in physics and related subjects. Solving complex, sometimes interdisciplinary problems, is a central part of the education, requiring a profound knowledge and understanding of physics, as well as experience with analytical and computational tools.

Application closed

The application for the programme is now closed. Opens again 16 October 2017.

16 October 2017: Application opens
15 January 2018: Application deadline
1 February 2018: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
6 April 2018: Notification of selection results

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310,000
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

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Degree awarded: Master of Science
Language of instruction: English
Duration: Two years (120 ECTS credits)
Programme start: Late August
Location: KTH Campus, Stockholm
School: School of Engineering Sciences (at KTH)

For questions regarding programme content and specific admission requirements, feel free to contact the programme director.

Programme director: Magnus Andersson

Profile, Magnus Andersson

Engineering Physics at KTH

The programme includes five tracks: Theoretical Physics, Subatomic and Astrophysics, Optical Physics, Nano Physics, and Biomedical Physics. Each track has compulsory, conditionally elective and elective courses.

The Biomedical Physics track aims to develop the ability of physicists to interact with the life science disciplines, and offers suitable combinations of subjects, both for a career in industry, as well as for continued studies towards a PhD degree. In this specialisation knowledge and skills in physics are developed towards applications and research in the life sciences, including biology, chemistry and medicine. Interdisciplinary activities have become increasingly important for the development of new medical diagnostic methods and treatments. Biomedical physics is at the centre of these activities. The need for improvements in the medical field is practically infinite. Through the choice of courses the students can focus on experimental as well as theoretical approaches of biomedical physics, used on different spatial scales, from the molecular and cellular level up to the organ(ism) and population level.

The Nano Physics track offer knowledge and skills that is of fundamental importance in a broad spectrum of technological applications. In this specialisation a number of highly interesting current fields are treated, such as nano structures, nano magnetism & spin electronics, superconductivity and other phenomena with very special properties. The students will receive a good basic education suitable for a career in high-technology industry, as well as for continued studies towards a PhD degree.

The Optical Physics track covers a subject which is important in basic and applied research, as well as in industrial applications. Students with a good knowledge of this field are much sought after as PhD students, as well as for positions in industry and consulting. The compulsory courses will provide a sound knowledge of optics and laser physics, thereby providing a good foundation for many of the other courses. Many courses provide skills in practical problem solving, which prepares the students for independent research and development work.

The Subatomic and Astrophysics track covers a selection of basic science topics at the front-line of contemporary physics. Both the experimental and theoretical aspects of atomic, nuclear, and particle physics with applications to astrophysics, are included. The application of basic science to real-life problems is illustrated through medical imaging and treatment techniques. The aim of the specialisaiton is to prepare students for careers at international research facilities, university-based research groups or high-technology industry. The compulsory courses provide a broad orientation in the concepts of subatomic physics, and an advanced discussion of quantum mechanics. The conditionally elective courses allow students to study several fields in more detail, and explore the resulting synergy necessary for a fundamental description of the Universe. The elective courses allow students to further focus their studies on a particular research field, broaden their studies within the specialisation, or further explore applications within basic science, industry and society.

The Theoretical Physics track provides the students with a broad education in fundamental theoretical physics, preparing them for a future as problem solvers or researchers in industry, or for continued PhD studies. The compulsory courses in quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics provide basic theoretical tools that are needed for the more specialised courses. The conditionally elective courses provide specialisations in particle physics, mathematical physics, condensed matter physics and theoretical biological physics. Suitable elective courses can then provide even deeper knowledge concerning theoretical and mathematical physics, or experimental physics.

The last term degree project may be carried out in an academic or industrial environment in Sweden or abroad, and suitable project topics may be obtained from the staff at the three physics departments. Students are also encouraged to seek other contacts in the academic field or within the industry, to help them identify their specific project aims.



Graduates of this programme can look forward to ample job opportunities, both in industry and academic research. Graduates are well prepared for a career as problem solvers or researchers in a wide range of industrial companies. Examples of such industries include the fields of biotechnology, medicine, optics, electronics, nano-tools and many more. Students from all specialisations are also well prepared to continue studying on doctoral level.

The programme is given jointly by three departments at KTH: Department of Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics and Department of Applied Physics.


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

Chang Liu, China

"Campus dressed in white, making the whole place looking like a winter wonderland."

Meet the students

Changes in the programme may occur.

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