Prerequisites for Engineering Physics

Academic requirements for this programme

National Applicants (holding a Bachelor from Denmark)

Bachelors of science in engineering from DTU

Students from the following BSc Eng Programme at DTU have a legal right of admission to the MSc Eng programme in Engineering Physics:

In order to get the optimal benefit of the Master program, it is recommended that the elective parts of the bachelor program are used to build up the right prerequisites for the desired study plan.

Students from the following BSc Eng programmes at DTU: 

can be admitted if they have completed the following as part of their bachelor programme: 

As the minimum, one of the following courses providing a solid basis in electromagnetism:

10036 Electromagnetism for physicists 10 point Autumn E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
10041 Physics 2 - General Engineering 5 point Autumn E5B (Wed 13-17)
30400 Electromagnetics 10 point Autumn E1 (Mon 8-12, Thurs 13-17)

In addition, as the minimum, one of the following courses providing a solid basis in quantum mechanics:

10102 Quantum Mechanics 10 point Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
10104 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 5 point Spring F1A (Mon 8-12)

The following central courses on the bachelor are prerequisites for central courses on the master programme. It is therefore strongly recommended that students make sure that they have acquired the prerequisites for the study line they intend to follow by following at least 10 ECTS (preferably more) among the following courses:

10037 Continuum physics and modelling 5 point June
10303 Condensed Matter Physics and Nanoscale Materials Physics 10 point Autumn E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12), Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
22600 Fabrication of micro- and nanostructures 5 point Autumn E3A (Tues 8-12)
22602 Visualisation of micro and nano structures 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)
34020 Optics and photonics 5 point Spring F1B (Thurs 13-17)

It is expected, that students themselves can acquire any prerequisites within fundamental physics that they may be missing due to an atypical background.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Natural Science from other universities

Students from the following educations can be admitted:

  • BSc. Eng. in Nanotechnology, with specialization in Nanophysics, from Aalborg University
  • BSc in Physics from Copenhagen University
  • BSc in Nanoscience from Copenhagen University
  • BSc in Physics from Aarhus University
  • BSc in Nanoscience from Aarhus University
  • BSc in Physics from University of Southern Denmark
  • BSc in Engineering (Physics and Technology) from University of Southern Denmark

Students with similar qualifications can be admitted after individual evaluation.

Bachelors of Engineering (diplomingeniører)

The B Eng (diplomingeniør) education does not normally give access to the MSc programme in Physics and Nanotechnology.  However, students can in some cases be admitted after individual evaluation.  Students who are interested in this option should contact the head of studies of the MSc programme as soon as possible during their study in order to acquire the prerequisites during the elective part of their study.

International Applicants (holding a Bachelor from outside Denmark)

Applicants for admission to the MSc Eng programme in Engineering Physics should hold a bachelor of science degree in physics, physics engineering, microfabrication, or similar. 

A strong, working knowledge of mathematics and physics is a prerequisite. A year's full time study at DTU amounts to 60 ECTS points. The MSc program builds on a bachelor curriculum with at least the following content of mathematics and natural sciences:

  • Mathematics: 25-30 ECTS (equivalent to these DTU courses)
  • Classical mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical physics and thermodynamics: 25 ECTS (equivalent to DTU courses  )
  • Quantum mechanics, solid state physics: 20 ECTS (equivalent to DTU courses )
  • Nanotechnology, optics and photonics, biophysics: 20-30 ECTS (equivalent to DTU courses )

A working knowledge at bachelor level of at least four of the following subjects is prerequisite for the central courses of the MSc-program:

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Solid state physics
  • Thermodynamics and statistical physics
  • Optics and photonics
  • Fabrication and visualisation of micro- and nanostructures

The required level may be gauged by comparison with the contents of the corresponding DTU-courses, although the exact contents will vary. The applicant should have passed the prerequisites with good results.

Admission will be decided on the basis of the relevance and quality of the applicant's educational background. The applicant's grade point average or equivalent, as well as individual grades for relevant courses will be taken into account.  

Other applicants must be able to document that they possess corresponding qualifications and will be assessed individually.


General admission requirements

Only applicants holding a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering (diplomingeniøruddannelse) or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. The bachelor's degree must be less than ten years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants must complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified as a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor's programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the specified deadlines, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL, CAE)

DTU offers an Honours Programme as part of all MSc  Eng. programmes. The admission requirements are described at

Specific prerequisites for the Industry MSc Eng Programmes

The prerequisites are similar to the specific ones that apply to the 2-year-programmes, but in addition, the applicant must have a job relevant to the studies with a workload of at least 25 hours a week, or the applicant may be self-employed in a start-up company. Read more about the rules on