Physics and Applied Physics

A comprehensive interrogation of the universe.

The training in physics is not limited to a list of specific subjects, but rather a set of conceptual tools that have united scientific communities for centuries, across a broad spectrum of research activities.

Physicists define themselves more by the manner with which they approach a problem, rather than the nature of the problem itself.

Program’s objectives

Through basic training in mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, physicists develop an inclination for a quantitative approach to the understanding of physical phenomena, a strong degree of abstraction and the search for common characteristics of universal problems.

The most outstanding aspect of this Master’s program is the involvement of the students in the research laboratories or in the institute of theoretical physics. Each student takes part in a research group one day per week.

An EPFL Master’s degree in Physics opens doors to various industries in private or public sectors. EPFL physicists have landed fruitful careers with companies involved in computer technology, materials sciences, aerospace, banking, insurance and the watch industry. Physicists’ activities focus on fundamental and applied research, R&D or management.

The program is offered in Physics and in Applied Physics (including an industrial internship).

Simplified study plan

Please note that the information regarding programs’ structure as well as the simplified study plans may be subject to change and that they are not legally binding. Only the official regulations and study plans are binding.

Admission criteria

EPFL Bachelor’s degree in Physics, or from another institution with an excellent academic record.

Candidates should have training in:

  • quantum mechanics
  • solid-state physics
  • statistical physics
  • particle physics

as well as an advanced level of:

  • mechanics (Lagrange, Hamilton)
  • electromagnetism

Further information about admission criteria

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Diploma and title obtained

Upon completion of their Master’s curricula, students obtain an EPFL Master of Science MSc in Physics or Master of Science MSc in Applied Physics, respectively. The diploma also gives graduates the right to use the title of EPF qualified Physicist or EPF qualified Engineer, respectively.

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To learn more about this program, please use the following contacts:

[email protected]

0041 21 693 33 00

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