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Bachelor in Engineering Physics

4 years (240 ECTS credits)

Deputy Director: Víctor Tribaldos Macia


The degree in Engineering Physics is geared toward students seeking to be a part of the creation, design and implementation of the technologies of the future in state-of the-art research centers as well as world-class technology companies.  
To achieve this goal, students will acquire the fundamentals of Modern Physics, Chemistry and Biology along with their application to engineering problems in areas where scientific and technological developments go hand in hand, as is the case of Nanotechnology, Quantum Technologies and Biomaterials. 

Taught in its entirety in English, this degree program has specialized laboratories where lab practicums are carried out with small-size groups.  It also offers the possibility of doing internships in the sector’s most important companies.

Employability and profesional internships

UC3M has agreements with over 3000 companies and institutions in which students can undertake internships and access job openings.

A total of 93.4 % of graduates from this University enter the job market the first year after finishing their studies, according to the 2019 XXIV Estudio de Inserción Profesional (Professional Placement Study).


International Excellence

QS Top 50 Under 50
Times Higher Education (THE)


Year 1 - Semester 1

General subjects
Writing and communication skills3OEnglish
Linear Algebra6FBEnglish
Calculus I6FBEnglish
Physics I6FBEnglish
Humanities I3OEnglish
Chemistry I6FBEnglish

Year 1 - Semester 2

General subjects
Calculus II6FBEnglish
Physics II6FBEnglish
Probability and Statistics6FBEnglish
Chemistry II6FBEnglish

At the end of you studies you must have obtained a total of 240 credits of electivity, 18 of them must be of Electives of type I.


BC: Basic Core
C: Compulsory
E: Electives
BT: Bachelor Thesis


  • Exchange programs

    Exchange programs

    The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

    These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

  • European Mobility

  • Non-European Mobility

Profile and career opportunities

  • Incoming Profile

    Incoming Profile

    A la vista de las vías y requisitos de acceso anteriores, parece muy recomendable que el alumno que ingresa en este Grado haya cursado la modalidad de Bachillerato en Ciencias, (o, en su caso, unas modalidades equivalentes de Bachilleratos o similares en cuanto a las materias cursadas cuando el estudiante provenga de otros sistemas educativos no españoles)

    El alumno debería tener una buena formación previa en Matemáticas, Física, Química y Biología. Son muy apreciables actitudes personales de iniciativa, trabajo en equipo, organización personal del trabajo, capacidad de abstracción, pensamiento crítico y responsabilidad e interés por la aplicación práctica de los conocimientos para la resolución de problemas reales así como un alto nivel de competencia en habilidades directivas y gestión tecnológica.

    Buen nivel de competencias lingüísticas en inglés equivalente al nivel B2 en el Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las Lenguas, dado que se va a recibir  la docencia en dicho idioma y se va a trabajar con textos, materiales, ejercicios etc. absolutamente en inglés.

    Vías de acceso y solicitud de plaza en el Grado.

  • Graduate Profile

    Graduate Profile

    Graduates of the Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Physics must be able to apply the fundamental ideas and concepts of Modern Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology to problems related to Engineering in advanced technological areas, particularly in those developing fields in which scientific and technological progress are advancing simultaneously. To this end, they will have the basic training necessary to be able to identify and formulate these problems in the language of modern science, the technical training required to be able to design and conduct experiments to test these solutions, and the knowledge necessary to analyse and critically interpret the results of these experiments. Graduates will also have the ability to design components, processes, procedures or systems to satisfy specific needs in the current technological environment, taking into account not only purely technical or scientific parameters, but also social, economic, ethical and safety aspects. Graduates will be able to perform adequately in multidisciplinary teams of any size, communicate effectively with them and establish fluent interpersonal working relationships. Therefore, they will be able to develop their professional career in all sectors of the most advanced technological field, both academic and industrial and professional, which require an engineering profile with a strong research and development component.

    Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics

    LA1    To have acquired sufficient knowledge and proved a sufficiently deep comprehension of the basic principles, both theoretical and practical, and  methodology of the more important fields in science and technology as to be able to work successfully in them;

    LA2    To be able, using arguments, strategies and procedures developed by themselves, to apply their knowledge and abilities to the successful solution of complex technological problems that require creating and innovative thinking;

    LA3    To be able to search for, collect and interpret relevant information and data to back up their conclusions including, whenever needed, the consideration of any social, scientific and ethical aspects relevant in their field of study;

    LA4    To be able to successfully manage themselves in the complex situations that might arise in their academic or professional fields of study and that might require the development of novel approaches or solutions;

    LA5    To be able to communicate, in a precise and clear manner, knowledge, methodologies, ideas, problems and solutions in their field or specialty to any kind of audience (specialist or not);

    LA6    To be aware of their own shortcomings and formative needs in their field of specialty, and to be able to plan and organize their own training with a high degree of independence.

    General skills of the Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics

    Basic Skills

    CB1        Que los estudiantes hayan demostrado poseer y comprender conocimientos en un área de estudio que parte de la base de la educación secundaria general, y se suele encontrar a un nivel que, si bien se apoya en libros de texto avanzados, incluye también algunos aspectos que implican conocimientos procedentes de la vanguardia de su campo de estudio

    CB2        Que los estudiantes sepan aplicar sus conocimientos a su trabajo o vocación de una forma profesional y posean las competencias que suelen demostrarse por medio de la elaboración y defensa de argumentos y la resolución de problemas dentro de su área de estudio

    CB3        Que los estudiantes tengan la capacidad de reunir e interpretar datos relevantes (normalmente dentro de su área de estudio) para emitir juicios que incluyan una reflexión sobre temas relevantes de índole social, científica o ética

    CB4        Que los estudiantes puedan transmitir información, ideas, problemas y soluciones a un público tanto especializado como no especializado

    CB5        Que los estudiantes hayan desarrollado aquellas habilidades de aprendizaje necesarias para emprender estudios posteriores con un alto grado de autonomía


    General Skills

    CG1       Analyze and synthesize basic problems related to physics and engineering, solve them and communicate them efficiently.

    CG2       Learn new methods and technologies from basic scientific and technical knowledge, and being able to adapt to new situations.

    CG3       Solve problems with initiative, decision making, creativity, and communicate and transmit knowledge, skills and abilities, understanding the ethical, social and professional responsibility of the engineering activity. Capacity for leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

    CG4       Solve mathematical, physical, chemical, biological and technological problems that may arise within the framework of the applications of quantum technologies, nanotechnology, biology, micro- and nano-electronics and photonics in various fields of engineering.

    CG5       Use the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in the definition, approach and resolution of problems in the framework of the exercise of their profession.

    CG6       Develop new products and services based on the use and exploitation of new technologies related to physical engineering.

    CG7       Undertake further specialized studies, both in physics and in the various branches of engineering.


    Transversal Skills

    CT1        Work in multidisciplinary and international teams as well as organize and plan work making the right decisions based on available information, gathering and interpreting relevant data to make judgments and critical thinking within the area of study.

    CT2        Present and write a topic correctly or compose a speech in a logical order, providing accurate information in accordance with established grammatical and lexical rules.

    CT3        Assess the reliability and quality of information and its sources using such information in an ethical manner, avoiding plagiarism, and in accordance with academic and professional conventions in the field of study.

    CT4        Acquire and handle basic humanistic knowledge to complete the student's cross-sectional formative profile.

    CT5        Handle interpersonal skills about initiative and responsibility, negotiation, emotional intelligence, etc. as well as calculation tools that allow to consolidate the basic technical skills that are required in any professional environment.


    Specific Skills

    CE1        Solve mathematical problems that may arise in engineering and apply knowledge of linear algebra, differential and integral calculus, numerical methods, numerical algorithms, statistics, differential equations and in partial derivatives, complex and transformed variables.

    CE2        Understand and manage fundamental concepts of probability and statistics and be able to represent and manipulate data to extract meaningful information from them, as well as process, analyze and graphically present experimental data.

    CE3        Use and program computers, operating systems, databases and software with application in engineering, and implement numerical algorithms in low and high level languages.

    CE4        Analyze and manipulate analog and digital signals in the temporal and frequency domains, and understand and master the basic concepts of linear systems and related functions and transforms, as well as apply them to circuit design.

    CE5        Understand and handle the basic concepts of the general laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, fields and waves and electromagnetism and apply them to the resolution of engineering problems.

    CE6        Solve problems of applied thermodynamics, heat transmission and fluid mechanics in the field of engineering.

    CE7        Understand and apply the principles of basic knowledge of general and inorganic chemistry and its use in engineering.

    CE8        Understand and handle the basics of organic chemistry and its use in the production of complex materials and biological systems.

    CE9        Understand and handle the fundamentals of materials science, technology and chemistry, as well as the relationship between microstructure, synthesis or processing and the properties of materials.

    CE10      Know and describe in a general way the structure of living beings at the molecular, cellular, tissue and systemic levels, as well as to analyze the limitations imposed by physical laws on the development of biological systems and biological solutions to engineering problems.

    CE11      Analyze biological systems as complex systems, know the concepts of synthetic biology and apply the latest developments in biomaterials and biofabrication techniques, including bioprinting techniques.

    CE12      Understand and handle the mechanisms of propagation and transmission of electromagnetic waves both in free space and guided, including concepts of wave optics, and the corresponding transmitting and receiving devices.

    CE13      Understand and handle solid state physical principles relevant to engineering and, in particular, semiconductors for application in electronic and photonic components, as well as the fundamentals and applications of analog and digital electronics and microprocessors.

    CE14      Specify and use electronic instrumentation, measurement systems, sensors, techniques and experimental procedures usual and advanced in physics, engineering and biology, including electromechanical and microfluidic microdevices, and design experiments using the scientific method.

    CE15      Understand and handle the physical principles associated with light-matter interaction and to apply them to the use and design of various photonic devices and complete photonic systems, as well as to apply photonic devices and systems in different branches of physics, engineering and biology.

    CE16      Understand and handle the physical principles of Newtonian, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics and their applications in the different branches of physics and engineering, as well as the basic principles of the special theory of relativity.

    CE17      Understand and handle the fundamental concepts of Quantum Physics, its relationship with Classical Physics, and its application to the understanding of the physics of atoms and molecules, as well as solving simple one- and three-dimensional quantum problems and applying approximate resolution methods.

    CE18      Understand and handle the fundamental concepts of Statistical Physics and their relationship with macroscopic reality, the statistics of classical and quantum systems, and the application of these statistics to relevant situations in Physics and Engineering.

    CE19      Understand and handle the concepts of nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices, the physical principles that govern them, their behavior and their applications for solving problems typical of the various branches of engineering including bioengineering.

    CE20      Understand and address the general problems of the field of Energy, as well as the scientific and technological foundations of its generation, conversion, transport and storage.

    CE21      Original exercise to be presented and defended before a university committee consisting of a project in the field of specific technologies of a professional nature, which synthesizes and integrates the competences acquired in the teachings.

    CE22      Design, plan and estimate the costs of an engineering project.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities

    • Research Centers and Universities
    • Biotechnology, Medical Physics, Neurophysics, Neurophysics
    • Quantum Computing, Numerical Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, Instrumentation and Control, Microelectronics
    • Instrumentation and Control, Microelectronics
    • Nanotechnology, Photonics, Spintronics
    • Accelerators, Astrophysics, Nuclear Fusion, Geophysics, Geophysics
    • Space Propulsion, Plasmas

Study in english

Studies in English only

This degree courses completely in English. No groups available in Spanish in any subject. You must take into mind that:

  • In groups in English, all work (classes, drills, exercises, tests, etc.) shall be conducted in English.
  • Along the first year, it must be established an English B2 level, passing a test, providing one of the supported official certificates or any way determined by the university. 
  • After completing the studies, the DS mention of having carried out the studies in English will appear.

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