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Engineering Physics is a link between basic science and the traditional branches of engineering.

Engineering Physics is the study of physics concepts as they apply to engineering.

Engineers often face challenges that require an understanding of many aspects of a technical problem. To meet these challenges, Engineering Physics graduates rely on a solid background in physics, chemistry and mathematics, as well as experience in other engineering disciplines such as materials, mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering. This integrated union of disciplines is required most urgently in the development and emerging applications of high technology, and graduates of the engineering physics programme are frequently employed in these areas.

Level I is common to all engineering programs, and Level II is common to all Engineering Physics students. In Levels III and IV students have the option of specializing in one of three streams:

or students may elect to remain in an Interdisciplinary Program that covers aspects of all three specialized streams.

Students work in our state-of-the-art facilities either as part of a laboratory, a senior project, as an intern, or as a summer researcher hired by the department. We are partners with alumni in high technology companies that provide input on curriculum development and career opportunities.

Engineering Physics graduates are valued for their broad scientific background. Engineering Physics is dominant in many fields such as micro- and optoelectronics, nuclear power generation, telecommunications, and those that continue to grow in importance such as photonics, nanosystem engineering, and sustainable energy systems.

  • A management option allows you to combine the strength of the four-year McMaster engineering degree with the core requirements of our commerce degree in just five years.
  • A society option lets you experience engineering in the context of social relevance, social responsibility, and broad-based societal issues in only five years.
  • A co-op option allows you to apply your learning in real-world internships in industry or on faculty-led teams through paid employment.
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