Engineering - Physics and Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    13900 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
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During your studies you will find the answer to why and how technology works and you will use that knowledge to develop, for example, optically based faster computers or new optical measurement methods for diagnosing cancer, or ultra-sensitive sensors capable of detecting the presence of just a few molecules of narcotics or explosives. University of Southern Denmark offers the MSc in Engineering - Physics and Technology


The Engineering - Physics and Technology master programme from University of Southern Denmark is aimed at students who want to create the products and technologies of the future as researchers or developers.

Since the invention of the laser some fifty years ago, optics and especially nanotechnology have undergone a rapid development and become significant parts of physics, technology and industry as well as of our everyday lives. Just imagine that without the laser, things such as the DVD-player would not have existed and you would not have been able to print on a laser printer.

With a master programme in Physics and Technology you will acquire specialist skills in a broad area, primarily linked to the design and fabrication of nanostructured functional materials as well as the characteristics of light and its interaction with atoms, molecules and matter. Applications that exploit these aspects are the primary focus of this academic profile.

Science of light and colour

Optics is not about glasses and contact lenses; it is about the science of light and colour. The programme includes theories on how to produce light in for example lasers, the scattering of light in different matters, and theories of how light interacts and exchanges energy with the matter. Laser light interacting with a nanostructured noble metal is confined to the metal surface; something which will enable you to use nanometre thin gold wires to guide light.

You build on your already strong foundation in physics, technology and mathematics. This provides you with a deeper knowledge of especially advanced optics, quantum physics, material physics and molecule physics, nanophysics and the fabrication of nanostructures. These subjects enable you to work interdisciplinary in this rapidly changing high-tech world with challenges in academic frontier areas.

In addition, you will acquire expertise in measuring and analysing signals with special focus on, for example, highly sensitive sensors combined with intelligent data analysis.

In your master thesis project you can work in one of the university's exciting research areas related to the academic profile.

This could for example be nanooptics, where you utilise the fact that light can be intensified millions of times when it interacts with tiny gold particles. By optimising this process it is possible to create highly sensitive single-molecule sensors which can detect, for example, pesticides on the surface of vegetables or fruits. Get an overview of the Programme structure.

Career opportunities

You will acquire substantial knowledge and skills in technology, natural science and mathematics combined with strong interpersonal and communication skills.

With a master degree in Physics and Technology you are qualified for work in:

  • Research
  • Development
  • Technological aspects of business development
  • Consultancies
  • Project management.
You will be qualified for jobs in, for example:
  • Optical communication
  • Sensor technology
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Optical design and engineering including laser systems
  • Nanotechnology including fabrication processes and characterisation techniques
  • Computer modelling of physical and technical systems.

Programme Structure

First semester

In the first semester of the master program you will work theoretically and experimentally with sensor technology, stochastic signal processing, mechanical vibrations and an elective course. This will provide you with a broad foundation which qualifies for many different jobs.

Second and third semester

The next two semesters you will specialise further within optics, molecule physics, nanophysics, nanotechnology and numerical methods. You have the option to initiate your master thesis on the 3rd semester with 10 ECTS continuing with 30 ECTS on the 4th semester

Fourth semester

The last semester is dedicated to the master thesis. You will choose the subject yourself. The master thesis will typically be carried out in one of the research groups and/or in cooperation with an industrial company.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: September 1 and February 1
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A bachelor's degree in Physics, Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Electronical Engineering or Power Engineering provided your academic qualifications correspond with those of a bachelor in Physics and Technology from SDU.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13900 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

  • Only students with a non-EU/EEA-citizenship or non-Swiss-citizenship have to pay tuition fees
  • Tuition fee for international students:EUR 13,900

Living costs for Odense

5,400 - 7,800 DKK/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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