MSc 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 and sometimes interdisciplinary problems is a key part of the education, requiring a profound knowledge and understanding of physics, as well as experience of analytical and computational tools.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2020

16 October 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: Application deadline
3 February 2020: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
3 April 2020: Notification of selection results
August 2020: Arrival and start of studies

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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 students must also choose a minimum of 25 ECTS credits from a list of conditionally elective courses within each track. The fully elective courses are an important part of the programme and give the students a great deal of freedom to tailor their 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 offers knowledge and skills about how light and other types of electromagnetic radiation propagate and 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


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, research manager.

Meet the graduates


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

"Everyone at KTH tries to make sure that all your needs are covered and your voice is heard, from teachers, to coordinators, to the student union. This creates a friendly atmosphere and an easy path for networking and looking for job opportunities."

Ariadna Soro Alvarez, Spain

Meet the students

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:

3. Good Health and Well-Being
4. Quality Education
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 a 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.

Webinar on sustainable development

Watch a recording of the webinar offered by the School of Engineering Sciences in December 2019. The webinar focused on the schools' master’s programmes and how they relate to sustainable development.

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

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