Master Applied Physics

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The two-year Master’s in Applied Physics is an internationally oriented programme and is taught entirely in English. The programme starts in September and February. The pre-master's programme starts in September.

Discover more about the Master’s in Applied Physics at the University of Twente or our pre-master’s. Check out the study programme and the admission requirements.

We also offer a Bachelor's in (BSc) in Applied Physics.

What is applied physics?

Applied Physics is all about understanding the fundamental laws of the physical world and finding ways to apply those laws in technical solutions. Applied Physicists use scientific principles to create or improve practical devices and systems and to contribute to many other fields. A great deal of the work done by physicists is not immediately visible. But without recent breakthroughs in physics, the mobile phone and the laptop would have been power-guzzling machines that weigh a ton and lab-on-a-chip technology would still be science fiction.

In this Master’s programme, we aim to balance ‘hardcore’ and engineering physics. Research is spread out over clusters, which together reflect essential real-world needs. 

Career perspectives

As a graduate in Applied Physics, you have many different career choices. Our students usually find a job within a few months of graduating. You can benefit from UT's connections and close partnerships with companies in the Netherlands and this region, such as Demcon, Twente Solid State Technology (TSST) and LioniX International.

Top 5 employers with the most jobs available
  1. ASML
  2. Philips
  4. Belastingdienst
  5. Rabobank
Number of job vacancies in the field of this Master’s
Based on data in the time period between 1/1/2020 till 11/4/2024
Top 5 employers with the most jobs available
  1. Provincie Overijssel
  2. Zonneplan
  4. Thales Group
  5. ENGIE Energie
Number of job vacancies in the field of this Master’s
Based on data in the time period between 1/1/2020 till 11/4/2024
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What makes applied physics unique?

Research performed at the physics department of the University of Twente belongs to the top of the world and UT has many world-class researchers who will also be your lecturers during your master’s. This top-rated programme will expand your knowledge of physics as a whole while giving you the opportunity to specialise in a field of your choice. You will have the opportunity to tailor your programme to suit your individual interests and personal ambitions.

World-class research facilities

During your studies, you will fulfil the role of junior scientist from early on in your programme, being involved in experimental research, giving presentations and contributing to scientific articles. You can work in cutting-edge, high-tech labs like the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the Technical Medical Centre and the Max Planck Center for Complex Fluid Dynamics.

Did you know?

Dutch-speaking students can combine their Master's in Applied Physics with an additional master's degree: our Dutch-taught programme education and Communication in Science*. Upon completion, you will not only have a second master's degree, but also your first-degree teaching qualification enabling you to teach in junior and senior secondary education in the Netherlands. 

*You will be forwarded to a Dutch website.

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Applied Physics
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
Science and Technology
2 years
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
Starting date
1 September 2024
1 February 2025
1 September 2025
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme
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