Master of Science in Engineering Physics

Ghent University is the sole university in Flanders to offer a Master of Science in Engineering Physics. Alumni of this master have a solid physical know how and the necessary skills to play a leading role in groundbreaking physics research.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
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What

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.

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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.

For whom

The admission requirements depend on previous degrees (type of degree, country of issue etc ...) or additonal experience.

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 number of obligatory courses developing a strong basis in the major fields of engineering physics. With a selected number of optional courses the student can then acquire an interesting skillset in more advanced topics in engineering physics, ranging from quantum mechanical modeling to the physics of photonic and electronic components. In the first master year, a physics project with an industrial finality needs to be undertaken with a focus on sustainability and intellectual property. A research oriented master’s dissertation completes the programme in the second master year.

Labour Market

The Master of Science in Engineering Physics trains students to tackle engineering challenges with a broad skillset in physics. The broad scope of the Master and its eight advanced elective courses assure that its alumni are ready to do innovate work in a broad range of companies and research centers in all areas where physics is required or essential. Graduated physics engineers excel in multidisciplinary research due to their broad expertise and inquiring attitude. Graduates find their way to companies working in photonics, nanoscale sciences, nuclear physics and technology, electronics, materials or bio-medical engineering. 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.