Applied Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #179 (WUR) ,
The MSc in Applies Physics at the University of Twente (UT) focuses on using scientific principles in practical devices and systems, and on the application of physics in other fields.


What Is Applied Physics?

Applied Physics is rooted in the fundamental truths and basic laws that describe the world around us. Experimentation is the gateway to discovering more about our world. A great deal of the work done by physicists is not immediately visible. But without recent breakthroughs in physics, the mobile phone and the laptop would have been power-guzzling machines that weigh a ton and lab-on-a-chip technology would still be science fiction.

What Makes Applied Physics Unique?

During the Master’s programme in Applies Physics at the University of Twente (UT) you will learn more about the fundamentals of modern physics and their application. This top-rated programme will expand your knowledge of physics as a whole, while giving you the opportunity to specialize in a field of your choice. At the University of Twente we focus on:

  • Fluid Physics 
  • Materials Physics
  • Optics & Biophysics

You will have the opportunity to tailor your programme to suit your individual interests. The Physics Department at the University of Twente is one of the best in the world.

World-Class Research Facilities

During the Master’s programme you will benefit from our close ties with high profile research institutes, including the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine as well as the research programmes for Science Based Engineering. You will fulfil the role of junior researcher from early on in your Master’s programme, giving presentations, writing articles and getting involved in grant applications. It is a highly international programme. You will write and present in English and have the opportunity to complete an internship abroad.


Accredited by: nvao in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

The two-year Applied Physics Master’s programme starts in September and February. It is taught entirely in English and leads to the title of Master of Science (MSc). The Applied Physics programme comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits and has three specializations, each focusing on a unique aspect of physics:

  • Fluid Physics, which is all about using the laws of nature to describe phenomena in liquids and gases, such as a falling drop or the emergence of a wave;
  • Materials Physics, where the aim is to understand and manipulate the physical properties of materials to discover new features and ultimately to develop new devices;
  • Optics and Biophysics, which centres on research into the properties of light and laser technologies and life processes.

You can also take advantage of special tracks for outstanding and ambitious students. Our graduate school programmes will enable you to realize your full potential.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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


  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
  • Knowledge of the following topics: calculus and analysis, linear algebra, integration and differential equations
  • Copy of diploma
  • Transcript of records and CGPA of at least 75% of the maximum score, or your country's equivalent    
  • Course descriptions
  • English summary of thesis (BSc or MSc) 
  • Sufficient mastery of the English language
  • Clear motivation goals
  • Motivation letter (max 1,000 words)
  • Resume (Europass)
Additional knowledge

Molecules and Materials Engineering

  • Calculus  
  • Inorganics  
  • Organics   
  • Materials Science

Chemical Process Engineering

  • Differential geometry and equations
  • Transport phenomena and fluid
  • Chemical & Process Engineering    

          Work Experience

          Professional experience may shorten the individual programme

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            14250 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 14250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            2060 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          Living costs for Enschede

          • 650 - 920 EUR/month
            Living Costs

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