Master of Science in Engineering Physics

Course content

Ghent University is the only university in Flanders to offer a Master of Science in Engineering Physics. Alumni of this master have a solid physical knowhow and the necessary skills to have a leading role in groundbreaking physics research. At the same time they have the engineering skills that make them wanted as innovators and developers in industry, research institutes, and universities. The engineering component of the master’s programme develops skills such as analysis, design and optimisation of existing and new systems, products, machines, and materials. This involves approximating physical reality by system descriptions ranging from simple rules of thumb to expert systems. The physical component follows a reductionist approach where experiment and mathematical modelling aim at understanding and reducing physics to its basics, and deriving its governing equations. Despite the more philosophical approach, a rigorous attitude remains essential and all physical theory has to withstand experimental validation.

The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) offers most of the Master’s programmes in Engineering in English. This underlines the international ambition of the faculty, as well as the importance of international education and multiple language skills for students.

Course structure

The regular programme leading to a master’s degree in engineering physics starts with a three year bachelor and is completed by a two year master. Several intakes from other bachelors or masters, both domestic and foreign, are available. The two year master’s programme itself has a limited number of obligatory courses developing a strong basis in the major fields of engineering physics. Through a wide range of optional courses the student can choose an advanced education in the basic concepts of physics; simulation and modelling; photonics; nanoscale sciences; nuclear physics and technology; electronics; materials; or bio-medical physics. A research oriented master’s dissertation completes the programme.

Career perspectives

The Master of Science in Engineering Physics trains future engineers for the greater part for research and development careers. The broad physical scope of the Master and its eight focus clusters assures that its alumni are ready to innovate in a broad range of companies and research centers in all areas where physics is required or essential. Engineering Physics delivers engineers with expertise and an inquiring attitude that allows them to excel in multidisciplinary research as well.

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Graduates find their way to companies working in photonics; nanoscale sciences; nuclear physics and technology; electronics; materials; or bio-medical physics. Some Engineering Physics alumni work in consultancy or have jobs at government institutes. After a few years they can be found in management functions or as leading researchers and professors.