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The two-year Master’s programme 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 programme in Applied Physics at the University of Twente or our pre-Master’s programme. Check out the study programme and the admission requirements.

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

Programme overview

Top rated programme
Master’s degree in Applied Physics
Certification: MSc
2 years
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
English taught
Starting date
1 September 2019
1 February 2020
1 September 2020
1 February 2021
1 September 2021
1 February 2022
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme


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 in 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.

Five clusters

In the Master’s programme in Applied Physics we aim to achieve the ideal balance between 'hardcore' physics and engineering. Research is spread out over five clusters, which together reflect essential real-world needs:
• Physics of Fluids
• Nanoelectronic Materials
• Applied Nanophotonics
• Soft Matter
• Energy Materials and Systems

The themes that are covered within the programme are in perfect alignment with these five research clusters.


The Physics Department at the University of Twente is one of the best in the world and the UT has many world-class researchers who will also be your lecturers during your Master’s programme in Applied Physics. As a Master’s student you will learn more about the fundamentals of modern physics and their application. This top-rated programme will expand your knowledge of physics as a whole, while giving you the opportunity to specialize in a field of your choice. You will have the opportunity to tailor your programme to suit your individual interests.


You will fulfil the role of junior researcher from early on in your Master’s programme, giving presentations, writing articles and getting involved in grant applications. The programme is highly international. You will write and present in English and have the opportunity to complete an internship abroad. Part of the physics related research is monodisciplinary and carried out within the Physics Department’s excellent research groups. The multidisciplinary research is primarily the domain of world-class research institutes closely tied to the UT, including the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology,the Technica Medical Centre and the Max Planck Center for Complex Fluid Dynamics.

This Master’s programme is amongst the best in The NetherlandsKeuzegids Masters 2018

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