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Engineering Physics

MSc in Engineering, 5 years, 300 hp (ECTS Credits)

Graduates in Engineering Physics have a very wide choice of careers. The factor they have in common is the ability to analyse, often complicated, problems, and to use their knowledge and understanding from many areas to solve them. Many of them work in R&D in industry or at universities. Examples are the development of control systems for industrial robots, mathematical models for the energy use of a city, or research on solar cells.

Engineering Physics was the first programme established at LTH, and is still the one that provides the most extensive theoretical foundation. Traditional subjects in the field that are especially prominent in Lund are atomic physics, involving the interaction of lasers with biological tissue or flames, and automatic control, which is used in autopilots in planes and boats. A feature unique to the programme at LTH is that quantum mechanics and its uses in nanoscience are introduced in the first year, so that students come into contact with advanced physics from the very start of their studies.

The programme

During the first three years, students take compulsory courses that provide the basis for the rest of the programme. The subjects can be roughly divided into physics, mathematics and engineering subjects, which means computer programming, mechanics, solid mechanics, automatic control, electronics, electromagnetic fields, economics and sustainable development. Physics and mathematics are studied from a number of perspectives.

After the compulsory courses students are free to choose from a wide range of elective courses. They may decide to broaden their knowledge by choosing courses in, for example, biomedical engineering, languages or economics, and can take courses given by other faculties of the university (e.g. law, the humanities, medicine, social sciences). Students then deepen their studies in a particular engineering subject. LTH pursues research in essentially all the engineering subjects, and students have the opportunity to come into contact with leading areas of research towards the end of their studies. Many students spend their fourth year at a university abroad, through one of the university’s many exchange programmes, and take some advanced courses there. The programme is concluded with a degree project lasting about one semester, or 6 months, in which students can put to use the knowledge and skills they have gained in solving advanced problems. This is often done in collaboration with industry.

Areas of specialisation

Engineering physics lays the foundation for work in wide range of areas. Students are therefore offered a broad spectrum of courses in their chosen area of specialisation: 

  • Applied mathematics and image modelling
  • Atomic and subatomic physics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Combustion and  flow 
  • Control systems and sensors 
  • Nanophysics and electronics 
  • Photonics 
  • Theoretical physics 
  • Scientific computing and programming
  • Stochastic and  financial modelling 

These areas of specialisation offer exciting applications of modern physics and mathematics, as well as interdisciplinary studies involving medicine and the environment.

Over the years, the programme in Engineering Physics has become known for its proficient, enterprising students. This is evidenced by the number engaged in research, or who start their own companies.