Applied Physics covers phenomena ranging from the infinitesimally small – subatomic particles – to the unimaginably large – the universe. Somewhere between these two, there is the reality of everyday life. Applied physics is about translating a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of physics into concrete results to benefit society.

The Applied Physics Master’s programme is designed to educate students to be able to stay at the forefront of fundamental understanding, and to develop practical applications.


Programme MSc Applied Physics

For a full overview see the study guide of Applied Physics


The program of MSc Applied Physics contains a total of 120 EC. One EC represents a total of 28 hours of work for the student, in and outside class. In the programme there is a Core of 90 EC. Within the core there are Modules adding up to 42 EC and a Master Thesis of 48 EC. The remaining 30 EC are spent on an Orientation


Core (90 EC)

The Core programme contains five tracks related to the main research topics of the Faculty of Applied Sciences:

  • Physics for Energy: Address the challenge of sustainable energy production and storage using state-of-the-art physics.
  • Physics for Fluids Engineering: Design and analyse fluid engineering processes and flow & transport phenomena over a wide range of time and length scales, ranging from blood flow to industrial plants and climate models.
  • Physics for Health and Life: Cutting-edge physics for understanding processes that take place within the smallest units of life systems.
  • Physics for Instrumentation: Help design the most advanced machines and detectors for applications ranging from research in cosmology and particle physics, to medical therapy and chip fabrication.
  • Physics for Quantum Devices and Quantum Computing: Explore the fundamentals of quantum phenomena and apply them to develop building blocks for nanostructured devices that have unprecedented functionality.

Modules (42 EC)

The modules withing the Core consist out of Compulsory Modules (12 EC), General advanced Physics Modules (G-list, 12 EC), Track related Modules (T-list, 12 EC) and Free Electives (6 EC).


The Compulsory Modules will be given in the first semester and are listed below:

  • Mathemathical Methods for Physics (9 EC)
  • Ethics (3 EC)
The G-list Modules are General Advanced Physics Modules from which 2 have to be completed. These modules aim at depth as well as breadth in general physics knowledge.:
  • Advanced Electrodynamics
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Advanced Statistical Mechanics
  • Continuum Mechanics
There are over 60 T-List Modules. T-list modules are more specialized than G-list modules. They are representative for the research areas of the physics departments. A list per track can be found in the study guide.
The free electives can be filled in with modules from the G-list, T-list and General non track related electives. These can also be found in the study guide.

Master Thesis (48 EC)

The Master Thesis consists of two parts. Firstly there is the Master Thesis Preperation (6 EC) in which the student will do literature study and make a planning for the rest of the thesis. The Master Thesis Project (42 EC) will be conducted in one of the research groups of AS. They are listed below, for more information click on the links:

You can find a step-by-step guide on choosing and conducting a Master Thesis on the Research Group Guide.



Orientation (30 EC)

The orientation will allow you to either deepen or broaden your degree programme. There are several options to fill in the orientation:


Research and Development 

The default option, chosen by most of the students. It includes a three-month non-academic Industrial Internship, a group design project, or Joint interdisciplinary Project (JIP), as well as additional electives which can be from any list mentioned before. 


  • The group design project (AP3843, 15 EC) includes a preparatory design course (System Engineering, 3EC). The rest of the EC's are spend on electives. The design orientation is given in the first quarter of the academic year.
  • The Joint interdisciplinary Project (JIP) is a TU Delft wide program in which you will word together with Master students from other faculties. The project consists of solving a current case at a company in an interdisciplinary group. For more information see the JIP website


Education (30 EC)

 If you follow the Education orientation, you will graduate as a fully qualified secondary school physics teacher. The educational programmes are aimed at Dutch-speaking students only, because they are oriented towards the Dutch school system and include internships (Schoolpracticum) at Dutch schools. The Education modules are therefore taught in Dutch. For more information visit the Education website.


Management of Technology (30 EC)

In this orientation you will acquire the skills to work as a manager for competitive, technology-based companies and become as adept in technology as you are in traditional business skills. Management of Technology is offered by the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. If you choose this orientation, you will follow the curriculum for the second (or first) semester of the MSc Programme in Management of Technology.

Study Abroad (30 EC)

There is also the possibility to go abroad. For more information and particitpating universities visit the site of the International Office AS.





Danish Nabi 

Commissoner of Education Master 19'/20'