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Study applied physics abroad

An in-depth guide to studying applied physics as an international student.

Applied physics degrees abroad

In applied physics, the principles of physics are used to research, explain, and solve problems in engineering and technology.

Before applying scientific methods to real-world issues, you’ll build a robust understanding of topics like thermodynamics, relativity, and particle physics. You’ll explore the vital role played by physics in industry, and consider how today’s innovative research projects could transform the sector.

Studying abroad is a priceless opportunity to spark tremendous personal and professional growth. Not only will you learn from international experts and witness the cutting-edge developments taking place across the globe, but you’ll also broaden your cultural horizons and form lasting friendships.

Applied physics program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in applied physics traditionally last three years, or four years if you take an optional sandwich year. Completing an industrial placement as part of your BSc program is a great way to gain hands-on experience, consolidate your knowledge, and impress potential employers.

Studying as an undergraduate in the US means you’ll follow the four-year liberal arts model of education. You’ll take general education classes for the first two years of your program before focusing on applied physics courses for the latter half.

Postgraduate qualifications in applied physics are offered at several institutions around the world. An MSc typically takes one year to complete, but it can be studied over two years. A PhD will add another four to six years to your education.

To gain a solid theoretical and practical understanding of the field, you’ll attend lectures, seminars, and tutorials, as well as hands-on workshops, laboratories, and field trips. Exams, reports, presentations, and research projects are amongst the most common assessment methods.

The content of applied physics programs differs from university to university, but the following list outlines some of the core units featured by most institutions:

  • Key skills for physicians
  • Particles, waves, and quanta
  • Electricity and electronics
  • Atomic and nuclear physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Environmental physics and nanotechnology
  • Mathematical methods and techniques
  • Materials science

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Applied physics study abroad programs

Applied physics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in applied physics

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    Applied Physics - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Applied Physics - BSc (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Applied Physics/Pre-MBA - BSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,920 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Applied Physics - BA/BSc Stockton University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,605 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Applied Physics: Engineering Science concentration - BA/BSc Alma College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    42,352 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Applied physics graduate programs

Master's in applied physics

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    Science (Applied Physics) research - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,600 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Applied Physics - MSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,321 EUR
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in applied physics

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    Applied Physics - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,600 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Future applied physics careers

Studying applied physics means you’ll graduate with a highly-transferable skill set and exciting employment prospects.

You could apply your analytical, mathematical, and problem-solving skills to an array of scientific fields, including energy, space, telecommunications, healthcare, and manufacturing. Here are some of the fascinating roles you could set your sights on:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Materials scientist
  • Radiologist
  • Energy engineer
  • Nanotechnologist

No matter which career path you choose to follow, participating in relevant work experience will give you a headstart. As well as supporting you with internship applications, your university’s careers office can help with CV writing, interview techniques, and postgraduate options.