What is Engineering Physics? Will my child be able to get a job? How much is this going to cost me? This page aims to answer many questions that parents may have, prior to their child entering University. Click below for more details:


Engineering Physics is an interdisciplinary field of study where physics concepts are applied to several areas of application with major real-life impact including Nuclear Engineering, Electronic Devices, and Optical Systems.

Students in Engineering Physics (4-year program) have the option to enrol in the Co-op Program (5-year program), or Engineering Physics and Management (5-year program).  Students enrolling in the Co-op Program will get hands-on experience by working in industry.  For more information on the Co-op Program visit Engineering Co-op and Career Services. The Engineering Physics and Management Program integrates the technical education of the engineer with a business education for management. To learn more, check out Engineering and Management.

Students entering Engineering Physics in year two will take a number of fundamental courses with a focus on physics and math. These courses include:

  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Computational Methods for Engineering Physics
  • Analog and Digital Circuits
  • Thermodynamics
  • Thermal Systems Design
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Acquisition and Analysis of Experiential Information

In years three and four, Engineering Physics students will take more specialized courses and will specialize in one of the following four areas of study:

  • Nano- and Micro-device Engineering;
  • Nuclear Engineering and Energy Systems
  • Photonics Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering (which combines aspects of the previous three streams)
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Experiential and Real-Life Learning

Does your child ever feel like they could better learn and understand abstract concepts by experiencing them first hand and reflecting on their experience?

We believe learning from direct experience is an effective learning method that complements conventional lecture-based methods. For this purpose, we have incorporated experiential learning projects in every level of our curriculum. In addition to giving students a better understanding of theoretical concepts, these projects are designed to have a focus on real-life problem solving, making them rewarding and enjoyable.

Check out what our recent final year students have been working on by visiting our YouTube Channel.

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McMaster Engineering offers a common first year (ENG 1) for all Engineering students. During ENG 1, students will take courses from all Engineering disciplines to become familiar with the engineering profession and to build a strong foundation for the more specialized courses and projects of the upcoming years. Admission requirements for ENG 1 can be found here.

At the end of first year, the students will select their engineering degree program. Admission into Engineering Physics is possible after the completion of the ENG 1 common year and filling out the second year placement form. The Department of Engineering Physics will organize a program information session for first year students in term II, which will be announced in classes and on our social media pages in February of each year.

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Scholarships, Co-ops, and Internships

The Department of Engineering Physics awards paid NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (NSERC USRA), to selected Engineering Physics students who will spend the summer working and researching in Engineering Physics research labs. Details are emailed to undergraduate students as information becomes available.

In addition, the Department of Engineering Physics offers multiple paid summer internship programs for grade 11 and grade 12 high school students. To learn more about Engineering Physics and the experience of our previous high school interns check out their video testimonials:

The next round of high school paid internship positions will be announced in May. Check back for more information on how to apply.

For more information on all of the scholarships that Engineering Physics offers, please visit our Co-op and Internships page.

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Career Options

Engineering physics is a highly customizable program of study wherein students can chose their courses and co-op placements to prepare for careers in the following fields:

  • Electronics
  • Micro and Nanotechnology
  • Applied Optics and Photonics
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Energy Systems
  • Photovoltaics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Physics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business and commerce
  • Automation and Mechatronics

In addition, about half of our students continue to graduate school and enroll in a wide range of programs including: Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Medicine.

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Financial Matters

Tuition and Fee information can be found on the Student Accounts and Cashiers website.

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