Applied Physics

MSc Applied Physics study programme


The two-year Applied Physics Master’s programme starts in September and February. It is taught entirely in English and leads to the title of Master of Science (MSc). The Applied Physics programme comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits and has three specializations, each focusing on a unique aspect of physics:

  • Fluid Physics, which is all about using the laws of nature to describe phenomena in liquids and gases, such as a falling drop or the emergence of a wave;
  • Materials Physics, where the aim is to understand and manipulate the physical properties of materials to discover new features and ultimately to develop new devices;
  • Optics and Biophysics, which centres on research into the properties of light and laser technologies and life processes.

You can also take advantage of special tracks for outstanding and ambitious students. Our graduate school programmes will enable you to realize your full potential.


Before you start your Master’s programme at the University of Twente, you will choose your specialization. Depending on your specialization you will take different compulsory and elective courses. Each specialization features the following general curriculum:

  • Mandatory track courses (20 credits)
  • Chair-specific courses (10 credits)
  • Elective courses (physics/technical) (10-20 credits)
  • External training (20-30 credits)
  • Graduation assignment (50 credits)

Would you like to know more about the different mandatory  track courses or the elective courses? Learn more about the courses for the different specializations here: Fluid Physics, Materials Physics or Optics & Biophysics.

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