Master's Programme in Engineering Physics


Master of Science (Technology).
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120 ECTS

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.
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Language of Instruction:

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Organising school/s:

School of Science

Application period:

2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24

Engineering Physics

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.

Study programme

From autumn 2018 onwards, there is one major in the Master's Programme in Engineering Physics: Engineering Physics. In addition, Aalto University participates in a double degree programme in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (EIT Raw Materials).

Engineering Physics

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.

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Physics of Advanced Materials

From autumn 2018 onwards, the major of Physics of Advanced Materials is not part of the curriculum anymore, but if a student wants to concentrate on materials in the wider sense, it is still possible by completing a long major in Engineering Physics.


Degree structure in Engineering Physics

Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS, degree structure options in the Engineering Physics major.

Examples of recent Master's thesis topics by Engineering Physics students include, e.g.: New semi-solid electrolytes for mass production and increased lifetime of dye solar cells; Quasiparticle density in hybrid single electron turnstiles; Intermediate states of graphene nanoribbons; Developing a measuring system for cryogenic droplets in inert atmosphere; Non-invasive optical diagnosis of skin hydration and surface lipids; Quantum monte carlo simulation of positrons in solids; The flow of foam around an obstacle in Hele-Shaw cell.

Career opportunities

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,…

Tuition fees and scholarships

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.

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

The general eligibility requirements are the same for all Master's programmes in the field of science and technology. Please see also the requirements concerning language skills.

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:

  • Motivation
  • Language proficiency
  • Recommendations
  • 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.

Application documents

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.

Contact information

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.

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