Applied Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
Based in contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in physics, this programme focuses on future scientific solutions and technological innovations. Particular emphasis is placed in the areas of materials physics, biotechnical physics, and theory and modelling. This Applied Physics course is offered at the Chalmers University of Technology.


Competence in physics is of utmost importance in a range of interdisciplinary research and development areas and this programme gives you a broad and solid introduction to the experimental, theoretical and computational physics that forms the basis for the advanced technologies of today and tomorrow. The Applied Physics programme at the Chalmers University of Technology has a firm basis in condensed matter physics and facilitates contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in the materials science and biotechnology fields.

The materials physics profile area focuses on using a variety of tools for the experimental study of a wide range of materials. Examples of research activities in this field include studies of disordered materials such as glass or various forms of soft materials, energy related materials such as lithium batteries, hard materials and materials for specific applications such as solar cells.

In biological physics, researchers apply physical methods to study biological systems and interfaces between biological systems and inorganic structures. Work includes several experimental techniques ranging from quartz microbalances to microscopic and other optical methods, and covers many length scales from biomolecules through cells to the tissue level.

In theory and modelling, research is concentrated to computational materials physics where advanced computational methods are used to relate atomic scale description to macroscopic phenomena, and in theoretical nanophysics where a combination of analytical and numerical methods are used to analyse the behaviour of nanostructures. The programme has no compulsory courses and by choosing from a wide array of elective courses, you have the opportunity to fully tailor your own master’s degree. This provides you with an ideal preparation for careers in industry and academia, both nationally and internationally.

Career opportunities

The programme provides a broad knowledge base that can be applied in a variety of fields. The resulting generalist training renders the programmes graduates less sensitive to fluctuations within a particular industrial sector. By choosing among the different courses, students can develop competence profiles that suit different branches of industry.

The extensive industrial connections of the Department of Applied Physics are useful for students who wish to perform their Master's thesis in an industrial environment. A typical career path for an MSc graduate in Applied Physics starts with a position in the research and development department and after a few years of experience, many graduates move into management.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Soft matter physics
  • Modern imaging, spectroscopy and diffraction techniques
  • Fuel cells - function and materials
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Biological physics
  • Computational physics
  • Electrodynamics

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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Academic Requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Engineering Physics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Material Science or Chemical Engineering or the equivalent
Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 30 cr.), Quantum Physics and Solid State Physics.

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are:

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14551 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14551 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
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  • 140 000 SEK/ academic year;

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  • 7552 - 13940 SEK/month
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