Master's Programme in Engineering Physics
Master of Science (Technology).
Field of Study:
Technology and Engineering
2 years, full-time
An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.
Tuition fees & scholarships:
Yes, for non-EU citizens.
Language of Instruction:
Find new solutions to future’s challenges!
Studies in Engineering Physics create a basis for the technological applications of physics and open the doors for different careers in industry, science and research. A profound understanding of physics and mathematics can be employed in finding novel solutions to both present-day and future’s challenges.
Master's Programme in Engineering Physics is strongly research oriented. Almost half of the MSc graduates continue towards a doctorate. The research focus areas range from experimental and theoretical materials physics to nanophysics and nanoscience, and to novel energy solutions. The study programme differs from a more classical university physics in its proximity to concrete, practical research questions. Its connection to real-life problems is very strong.
There are two majors in the Master's Programme in Engineering Physics from which students can choose from when they enter the programme: Engineering Physics and Physics of Advanced Materials. The former is more general whereas the latter focuses on materials and nanoscience in particular. In addition, there is a double degree programme in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (EIT Raw Materials).
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 provides 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 the future professional life while providing a very strong background in physics and mathematics. The studies include a lot of hands-on experience with research.
Physics of Advanced Materials
In the Physics of Advanced Materials major the students concentrate on materials in the wide sense. The academic environment provides a spectrum of contacts with top-notch research into advanced materials. The students are expected to focus either on experimental or theoretical and computational physics. The major is intended both for research-oriented students and for those who are particularly interested in advanced materials.
The major is comprised of core major studies and an extended major studies where the student chooses either a theoretical/computational or experimental track, reflecting his/her research interests.
Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS, degree structure options in the Engineering Physics major. Physics of Advanced Materials major follows the degree structure option on the left.
Graduates of the Engineering Physics programme have traditionally found an exceptionally wide variety of careers both in the private sector, industry, and in the public sector ranging from research to consulting and management positions. A strong education in physics, closely knit to the research at Aalto University and Department of Applied Physics, is also an excellent starting point for a career in academia.
Typical job titles of recent graduates include e.g. 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,…
Our recently graduated alumni work e.g. in the following companies: 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,…
Non-EU/EEA students selected to the Engineering Physics programme will be charged tuition fees. They are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded from the Aalto University Scholarship programme. See further information >>
The Department of Applied Physics offers the best students summer trainee/research assistant positions.
General admission requirements
Applications that fulfill the general eligiblity requirements are sent to the academic evaluation described in more detail below.
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 to the programme may be required to complement their previous degree with complementary studies. Complementary studies cannot be included in the Master's degree.
Learn more about the evaluation of applications
The Department of Applied Physics is responsible for the academic evaluation of the applications. The paper-based student selection is competitive and the best applicants are selected according to the programme-specific admission criteria:
- Validity and content of degree(s)
- The contents of the applicant’s previous degree(s) are evaluated based on the courses available on the official transcript of records and the course descriptions submitted.
- Study success: grades and pace of studies
- The applicant’s study success will be evaluated based on the grade point average (GPA) and results in key courses. Very good previous study success is expected.
- Recognition and quality of the home institution
- The recognition of the applicant’s home university affects the final interpretation of the previous academic performance.
During the evaluation of eligible applications, the applicants’ previous study success and contents of the previous degree(s) are checked first. Only the applicants who pass this preliminary evaluation will be evaluated against the rest of the criteria listed below:
- Language proficiency
- Previous related activities: work experience, publications, patents, etc.
Studies in the Master’s programme should provide genuinely new knowledge for the applicant. If the applicant already has a Master’s degree, the motivation letter should clearly indicate why another Master’s degree is necessary. In most cases, non-degree or e.g. open university studies are recommended instead of degree studies to complement the earlier degree or to improve one’s professional skills.
The programme does not have a minimum quota to be fulfilled, and not all eligible applicants will necessarily be admitted. Depending on the number of applications received, the programme may perform a pre-selection before the final student selection.
In addition to the compulsory application documents, the applicants to the Engineering Physics programme are also requested to provide the following documents:
- Degree certificate and the official transcript of records for possible other university level studies that are not included in the Bachelor's degree transcript.
- At least one academic letter of recommendation.
- Brief descriptions of relevant physics courses taken (summary, course level).
- Letters of reference, work certificates, and other certificates of relevant activities (patents, publications, GRE and GMAT results if taken).
Applicant’s motivation letter (compulsory part of the online application form) should be written in English. Also additional application documents above (recommendations letter(s), course descriptions, work or other certificates, publications) should preferably be submitted in English. If some other language than English, Finnish or Swedish is used in them, the applicant must provide precise, word-for-word translations of them.
Location: Aalto University School of Science, Otaniemi Campus, Espoo
- For enquiries regarding the application process, application documents and language requirements, please read instructions first. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact Aalto University Admission Services at admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi.
- For enquiries regarding the contents of studies in Engineering Physics, please contact Master Admissions at the School of Science at masters-sci [at] aalto [dot] fi.