Master Applied Physics

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 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.

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Applied Physics
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
Science and Technology
2 years
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
English taught
Starting date
1 September 2022
1 February 2023
1 September 2023
1 February 2024
1 September 2024
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme

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 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 in Applied Physics we aim to achieve the ideal balance between 'hardcore' physics and engineering. Research is spread out over five clusters:

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

What makes applied physics unique?

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 in Applied Physics. As a Master’s student, you will learn more about the fundamentals of modern physics and its application. 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

You will fulfil the role of junior researcher from early on in your Master’s, conducting experiments, 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 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.

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