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Physical Engineering, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #429 (QS) ,
The master’s degree in Physical Engineering at University of Liège offers Physics is a generalist course which builds a bridge between fundamental physics and its applications in engineering. Technological innovation is born at the intersection between disciplines.


The Physical Engineering programme offered at University of Liège provides a solid training in applied physics. It combines the basic study of physical phenomena and their practical use in the field of engineering. The common core classes are concerned with physical properties and processes on different scales, from the microscopic world of electronics and nanosystems, to the macroscopic scales of continuum mechanics. This programme allows students to familiarise themselves with advanced methods in theory, digital simulation and experimental methods.

With this multidisciplinary approach, students learn how to solve problems in very different domains (physical chemistry, mechanics and electricity), as well as so-called “multiphysics” problems, meaning those characterised by a complex interaction between various physical mechanisms.

The specialised Master’s programme includes three concentrations:

  • fluid physics, at spatial scales ranging from blood capillaries to oceans, with an emphasis on the properties of fluids and turbulent flows;
  • solid-state physics, with an emphasis on the links between constituent laws at the microscopic scale and the corresponding macroscopic properties (plasticity, fracture);
  • electric and magnetic properties of materials and their many applications in micro-/nanoelectronics, in the storage and transportation of electrical energy, etc.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student will have acquired:

  • a solid grounding in the physical properties of materials;
  • an understanding of the way in which the macroscopic performances of materials depend
  • on their physical structure at microscopic scales;
  • the ability, in an engineering application, to identify various physical phenomena and their potential linkage;
  • the skills required to solve physical problems while taking account of the practical constraints;
  • a solid understanding of digital technologies and scientific calculation techniques in order to solve problems relating to diffusion, propagation or transportation;
  • the ability to design prototypes or small scale experiments;
  • the ability to lead a multidisciplinary project and establish links between specialists in different domains;
  • the ability to take account of technical and economic constraints;
  • the ability to innovate, to apply new technologies, and take advantage of recent scientific discoveries to develop cutting edge industrial applications;
  • the ability to present their results in a clear and structured manner, orally or in writing.
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a group.

Career opportunities

This multidisciplinary programme enables students to prepare for an extensive range of professional activities: from cutting edge research in a university or in industry, to the design and improvements of industrial products and processes. Most of our former graduates are working on high technology projects, as project leaders in multidisciplinary groups or as engineers highly specialised in simulation or prototype development. Career opportunities exist in many domains, like for example materials science, instrumentation and sensors, microelectronics, solid and fluid mechanics, heat transfers, physical chemistry, multiphysics modelling and energy technologies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Physical chemistry
  • Semiconductor devices
  • Advanced solid mechanics
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Physical Chemistry of Interfaces
  • Microfluidics 
  • Sensors, microsensors and instrumentation
  • Modelling with partial differential equation
  • High performance scientific computing


A large number of research and development projects require engineers who understand different physical phenomena and who are able to develop technologies in new directions. An engineering physicist typically works in a multidisciplinary environment, in a team made up of specialists in very different fields, on high technology projects. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Students who are not members of the European Union must submit an admission file. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4175 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4175 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    835 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 835 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Liège

  • 690 - 1070 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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