• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master's programme in Applied Physics at TalTech is aimed for those who are interested in innovative engineering in design and application companies. Programme provides interdisciplinary education covering engineering, physics, and math in an effort to bridge the gap between theoretical science and practical engineering.


Specialisation in Physics and Mathematics

Studies cover topics required for engineers working in science based industry: scientific computing, mathematical modelling, mechanics of continua, fluid dynamics, quantum mechanics. One can choose between a wide range of elective courses covering both theoretical and practical areas, e.g. applied mathematics, computer simulations, experimental solid state physics, turbulence, particle physics, photoelasticity etc.

Specialisation in Oceanography and Meteorology

The specialty of physical oceanography and atmospheric physics aims to give a fundamental and broad understanding of the physical processes in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and of the driving forces of Earth’s climate, in general. The students are familiarized with the modern methods and tools of environmental sciences, such as monitoring equipment and networks, remote sensing and numerical modelling. In addition, the students have an opportunity of studying complementing disciplines of environmental biology and chemistry, preparing them thereby for an interdisciplinary research. The courses in the curriculum help students to develop professional skills to counter environmental challenges across the world (climate change, severe weather, eutrophication, ocean acidification, coastal erosion). 

Why the Applied Physics programme at TalTech ?

  • Students can use modern laboratories, for instance the ones developing solar cells, semiconductor materials, photoelasticity etc.
  • Internship in Swedbank is available for students opting for econophysics.
  • TalTech collaborates with National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics where students with interest in scientific research are welcome to work on their master’s thesis.
  • Students can be involved in measurement campaigns in the Baltic Sea using modern equipment on the board of the TalTech´s research vessel "Salme" or cooperate with the national weather service using their data for research and analysis.
  • Theoretical studies are connected to practices in marine, weather and climate modelling using analytical and numerical models of circulation, waves and biogeochemistry.
  • Students participating in the development of regional observation methods for the marine parameters of the Baltic Sea have access to the satellite imagery acquired via cooperation with the European Space Agency.
  • Students can learn how to use, and have access to operational weather and marine monitoring and forecasting services.

Future career options

Programme graduates are distinguished by their versatility – the master programme provides a systematic knowledge of natural sciences creating thereby a broad and solid basis for lifelong learning. They can work in different research and development institutions, companies and services whose main activities are related to physics, mathematics, oceanography and/or meteorology or continue the studies in PhD level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Research
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Equations of Mathematical Physics
  • Turbulence and mixing
  • Photoelasticity of Glass

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:


                    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                  Academic Requirements

                  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in natural sciences or technical fields  (material science, environmental mechanics, engineering mathematics)

                  List of earlier passed courses about physics, mathematics, oceanography and meteorology and 

                  • Motivation letter
                  • Please include following:
                    • Why do you choose Applied Physics program?
                    • Which specification do you plan to choose (Physics and Mathematics or Oceanography and Meteorology)?
                  • Online interview

                  The aim of interview is to understand candidate’s knowledge about physics, mathematics, oceanography and meteorology, academic potential and motivation for studying. Questions are composed based on the submitted motivation letter.

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    3300 EUR/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 3300 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                  • EU/EEA

                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                  * Only EU citizens are exempted from tuition fee.

                  * For non-EU citizens, there are tuition fee waivers are available. A tuition fee waiver is a scholarship that grants free education based on the points gained in the course of admission. It is automatically awarded to the best candidates according to the points gained in the course of admission. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period.

                  Living costs for Tallinn

                  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
                    Living Costs

                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                  • Tuition fee waiver scholarship

                  A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best candidates according to the points earned in the course of admission. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. 

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