A comprehensive interrogation of the universe
The training of a physicist is not limited to a list of specific subjects, but rather a set of conceptual tools which 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.
Through basic training in mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, the physicist develops 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 our 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. A physicist’s activities focus on fundamental and applied research, R&D or management.
The program is offered in Physics (120 ECTS) and in Applied Physics (120 ECTS including an industrial internship).
Video (in French): student's project, Alexis Arnaudon
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from a reputable university and excellent academic records. They should have a training in calculus, linear algebra, general physics, quantum mechanics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, high energy physics. Candidates also should have followed advanced courses in mechanics (Lagrange, Hamilton) and electromagnetism and have basic training in numerical physics.
English with some optional courses taught in French
You will find the complete curriculum, a list and description of courses, and other detailed info about the program on the Physics section’s specific pages.
Please note that the information regarding the programs’ structure as well as details of the study plan may be subject to change.