Scope of Engineering Physics from IIT

By Avinash Kumar|Updated : August 5th, 2019

Scope of Engineering PhysicsEngineering Physics is a boon for all those who have a knack for Physics, but in the absence of any specific stream of engineering dedicated entirely to Physics, they end up choosing the mundane engineering fields and thus extinguish their desire of pursuing a degree in Physics.

However, the scenario has changed with the introduction of the degree of Engineering Physics.

The branch of Engineering Physics is for those who have a passion for studying Physics and also are avid followers of the recent technological trends. Though the branch of Engineering Physics is a relatively new field, pursuing a degree in this field equips you with the correct blend of science and engineering, and you can use your career skills judiciously in making the right career choice.

In IIT Delhi’s Engineering Physics program, students focus on Nanotechnology and Photonics, both emerging technologies. They use equipment like Lasers and create thin films, with a thickness of ~100 nanometers.

Scope of Engineering Physics 

You study Physics, in both, its purest form, as well as when applied and take on the universe, trying to harness the secrets it holds for the betterment of human lives. They also have faculty working in interdisciplinary fields like biophysics, green optics, and material processing and fabrication, as well as theoretical physicists working in fields like Quantum Computing.

However, the research focus of our institute is on optics, photonics, spintronics and solid-state mechanics.

A Brief on the course of Engineering Physics

This degree combines the disciplines of Mathematics, Engineering, and theoretical Physics. This branch of engineering has been introduced with the aim of bridging the gap between theoretical science and applied engineering. This course is designed to impart knowledge to the students about engineering and at the same time offer a specialization in Physics and Applied Physics.

Where can you study Engineering Physics?

At present, Engineering Physics is a rare course with a wide scope and this course is offered only in a few selected institutes. Some of the institutes which offer this course are IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Madras, IIT Guwahati, IIT Mandi, ISM Dhanbad, IIT Hyderabad, NIT Calicut, Delhi Technological University, the Neotia College, Kolkata, Chandigarh University, and Bennett University, Greater Noida.


For pursuing a degree of B.Tech in Engineering Physics, a candidate must have obtained 55% or above in class 12 board examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Maths. You can even take admission through JEE Main or JEE Advanced score. 

Course Curriculum

The entire course is covered in a span of 8 semesters. The first year (1st semester and 2nd semester) is common for all engineering branches; the specialization starts from third semester onwards. The semester-wise subject break-up of the course is presented below:

  • 1st semester: The subjects included in the first semester are Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Drawing.
  • 2nd semester: The subjects of the second semester are Mathematics, Engineering Mechanics, Physics, Modern Biology, and Introduction to Computing.
  • 3rd semester: In the third semester, the subjects include object-oriented programming, Data Structure, Classical Mechanics, Signals and Systems, Mathematics, and Quantum Mechanics.
  • 4th semester: The subjects of the fourth semester are Quantum Mechanics, Heat and Thermodynamics, and Analog and Digital Electronics.
  • 5th semester: In the fifth semester, the subjects which are taught are Electro-magnetics, Biophysics, Microprocessor Architecture and Programming, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics, Group Theory, and Spectroscopy.
  • 6th semester: The subjects which are taught in the sixth semester are Statistical Mechanics, Computational Physics, Numerical Methods, Engineering Optics, and Materials Science.
  • 7th semester: The subjects of the seventh semester include Solid State Physics, Lasers, Photonics, and Semiconductor devices.
  • 8th semester: In the eighth and the final semester, there are choices of electives and students are required to submit their final year project by the end of this semester.

Who should opt for a Degree in Engineering Physics?

It is a good opportunity for Physics enthusiasts who want to pursue higher studies in the field of applied Physics such as Nanoengineering, Nanotechnology etc. If you have a knack for learning about the latest developments in the field of Physics, instrumentation and communications, then this course is apt for you. The skills required for pursuing this course are good observational skills, numerical aptitude, reasoning skills, and a curious mind.

Scope of Engineering Physics

By pursuing a degree in Engineering Physics, one can choose a career in applied Physics in industries or make a career in telecommunications, micro-devices, microelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology, lasers or quantum information systems. A bachelor’s degree in this field opens the doors for pursuing Masters in Engineering by choosing a specialization in a particular field and then the candidate can either opt for a PhD in the chosen field or work as a scientific researcher in that field. Engineering Physics graduates can also work in the field of designing, research, production and manufacturing, construction.

We hope that this detailed article on Engineering Physics quenches your thirst of knowing about this recently evolving branch of engineering, and now you are ready to embark on your engineering journey.

Multiple laboratories, carrying equipment worth multi-million dollars each, work in tandem to reveal the secrets of the universe each day, while the Physics department claims as one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities in the institute: The Nanoscale Research Facility (NRF), join the program if you:

  • are intrigued by modern physics, optics, and electrodynamics
  • have a good hold in mathematics and can quantitively analyze problems.

The Engineering Physics Program offers

  • A chance to study the current gadgets, and how they work, and emerging fields like holography, dielectrics, and fibre optics
  • Extensive understanding of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity, both fields of extensive ongoing research
  • Theoretical Study of some of the latest research papers in fields like Chromodynamics (remember your obsession with leptons, quarks, bosons etc.?)
  • Option to study theoretical or experimental courses to pursue a Masters or PhD in Physics later. Till now you’ve studied topics like light, sound, electricity, motion in physics. The study of motion and machines becomes part of mechanical engineering, while electricity and electrical circuits come under electrical engineering
  • In the Engineering Physics program, you also get introduced to new areas in physics like thin films and superconductors (which are very important in modern devices)
  • Simple topics like light will open into new areas like studying how lasers work or how fibre optics (that carry messages through light and are the basis of modern communication) work and what their applications are

Don’t pick Engineering Physics in IIT Delhi if

  • You wish to study either Newtonian Mechanics (the stuff you studied in your 11th grade) or electrical circuits (though electrodynamics and fields and potentials are an important part of the course)
  • You wish to study Astrophysics or Cosmology (IIT Delhi does not engage in research in these areas), as you might be better off in IIT Kanpur or IISER Pune, the latter of which is held in high regard for astrophysics
  • Weren’t intrigued by calculus or modern physics.

Contributed by:

Saksham Aggarwal and Aman Singal

IIT Delhi

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