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MS(Abroad) in physics after engineering

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Hey fellow physics aspirants, as the community has been receiving a lot of physics aspirants who are opting for a masters abroad, we have prepared a list of top 500 colleges of European union(which excludes Great Britain). Why specifically European union you ask? European union has invested a lot of its budget into science and is funding a large volume of research institutes working on various fields of physics. As being said that the scope and opportunity to learn, experience and work in these research institutes is quite high when compared to other countries. The prerequisite for most universities in Europe is quite nominal and is about 55% of your bachelor’s aggregate. Although one must be able to score well in GRE Physics as it adds a bit of extra points for you to be considered as an eligible candidate. The reason why I did not choose to include universities and colleges from Great Britain is because the opportunity given to immigrants studying there is substantially less when compared to the European union. If you still have plans on attending British universities please prefer Oxford university, Cambridge university, Imperial college London and University college London given if you have exceptional prerequisites or at the least a highly regarded GRE physics score. Before I start enlisting all the colleges depending on the subject preference I will give you certain key instructions so that it would be easy for you to apply. 
  • Always make sure that one has to contact the concerned department for detailed instructions regarding the admissions requirements as few institutes strictly prefer BSc. physics candidates. This can be done by searching for the professors of the concerned college and course you opt for.
  • Always have multiple options such that one can assure themselves to have a fair chance of admissions in their respective courses.
  • Scholarship application will certainly reduce the chance of admissions as it is preferentially given to students with excellent undergrad score, so one must be vigilant to make sure their scores are well enough to fetch them an admission including scholarship or just the admission if one can marginally afford to pay the tuition fee.
  • One must check the prerequisites of the college they opting for as most high level universities might have higher cut offs.
  • Certain universities prefer having one-on-one Skype interview to check for the candidates ability to answer questions of multiple aspects ranging from personal, subject you opt for, undergrad subjects, psychological etc.
  • Always have the motivation letter or statement of purpose (SOP) prepared with strong points but one should make sure they aren’t faking and exaggerating their interests as European institutes are very keen on picking good motivation letters and might also undergo psychological evaluation (not just some conspiracy but a possibility considered out of personal experience).
  • Always visit the website of the university to ensure the course is listed among their programs and also to check for additional embedded courses.
  • Always check the list of subject modules thoroughly such that one might circle out the required subjects and select the modules best for oneself. Also check the medium of instructions or classroom language to make sure you aren’t taking up courses taught in foreign language.
  • Finally being fair and honest about everything including documents to one’s own personality. Also make sure your degree is authenticated and apostle is done by state and central Govt. respectively as it has become a compulsion  in European union.
There are certain joint masters degree program or European Masters program in which certain universities provide education and also research opportunities in all the esteemed universities of the Europe.
  1.  Nuclear Physics –    http://www.emm-nucphys.eu/
  2. Astrophysics – https://www.uibk.ac.at/astromundus/
  3. theoretical physics – https://www.ictp.it/
  4. miscellaneous – http://www.master-serp.eu/apply/index.php , https://www.mamaself.eu/study-program 
Note: Please check the important dates, announcements and feeds from the given websites to keep the track of all the notifications.
I’ve made the listing of the colleges by subject and the ranking order is ascending according to QS ratings and are top 500 colleges for the world in European union (except Great Britain)
PHYSICS:
  • Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (includes applied physics)
  • Universite PSL
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Ludwig-Maxmillan universitat Munich
  • Ruprecht Karls universitat Heidelberg
  • Sorbonne university
  • university of Zurich
  • university of Copenhagen
  • Lund university
  • Technical university of Denmark ( with Nanotechnology)
  • Karlsruhe institute of technology 
  • University of Groningen
  • Chalmers university of technology
  • Freie universitat Berlin
  • University of Oslo
  • RWTH Aachen university ( with various modular courses that can be chosen) *
  • University of Bologna
  • Vrije universitat Brussels ( with Astronomy)
  • Technische universitat Dresden 
  • University of Antwerp
  • Vrije universitat Amsterdam
  • Universite Paris SUD
  • University of Padova
  • Technische universitat Darmstadt
  • Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms universitat Bonn
  • Universitat Stuttgart
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Tomsk state university ( various fields of physics ) *
  • Universitat Innsbruck
  • Friedrich Alexander universitat Erlangen- Nuremberg
  • Ecole Normale superieure de Cachan
  • University of Cologne
  • Universitat Jena (with Astronomy)
  • University of Porto
  • National Research Nuclear University MEPhI
  • Universitat Ulm
  • Umea university 
  • University of Lisbon
  • Norwegian University of Science and technology
  • Graz university of Technology
  • University of southern Denmark
  • universita de Liege
  • university of Warsaw
  • universitat Konstanz
  • Johannes Gutenberg universitat Mainz
  • University of Coimbra
  • University of Pisa
  • University of Trento
  • University of Naples II
  • University of Granada
ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS:

  • University of Amsterdam
  • Technical university of Munich (course name ESPACE)
  • Ludwig Maxmillan universitat Munich
  • University of Copenhagen
  • KU Leuven
  • Lomonosov Moscow state university
  • Lund university
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Helsinki ( with particle physics)
  • Uppasala university (with space physics)
  • University of Groningen
  • Leiden university ( with cosmology)
  • University of Oslo
  • Aarhus university
  • Universidad autonoma di Madrid ( and cosmology as a separate course)
  • universitat de Barcelona
  • Eberhard Karls universitat Tubingen (with particle physics)
  • University of Vienna 
  • University of Bologna ( with cosmology)
  • Stockholm university
  • Radboud university ( with particle physics )
  • Complutense university of Madrid
  • Universite Paris SUD
  • University of Padova
  • Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms universitat Bonn
  • University of Turku
  • Universite Grenoble Alpes
  • University of Porto
  • Universite de Strasbourg
  • Graz university of technology
  • University of Florence
APPLIED PHYSICS:

  • Delft university of technology
  • Technical university of Munich
  • Eindhoven university of technology
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Twente
  • Goethe universitat Frankfurt am Main
  • National Research Nuclear university MEPhI
  • Universite de Strasbourg
THEORETICAL PHYSICS:

  • University of Amsterdam
  • Ludwig Maxmillan universitat Munich ( and Mathematical Physics)
  • Lomonosov Moscow state university
  • University of Geneva
  • Uppasala university
  • Utrecht university
  • Universidad Autonoma di Madrid
  • Stockholm university
  • Complutense university of Madrid
  • Goethe universitat Frankfurt am Main
  • University of Turku
  • University of Jena
  • Graz university of technology
  • RUDN university ( and mathematical physics)
  • University of Florence

NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS:

  • Lomonosov Moscow state university
  • University of Geneva
  • Uppasala University
  • Universidad autonoma di Madrid
  • Universitat de Barcelona
  • Complutense university of Madrid
  • Universite Paris SUD ( named nuclear energy)
  • Goethe universitat Frankfurt am Main
  • National Research Nuclear university MEPhI
  • University of Jyvaskyla
  • University of Florence ( and Sub nuclear physics)

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • ETH Zurich university – High Energy physics
  • University of Copenhagen – Quantum physics, Computation physics
  • KTH Royal institute of technology – Engineering physics
  • University of Geneva – Quantum physics
  • Uppasala university – Energy physics
  • Chalmers university of technology – Engineering physics
  • Ghent university – Engineering physics
  • Aalto university – Engineering Physics
  • Radboud university – Molecules and Material physics
  • Saint petersburg State university – Condensed matter physics
  • Universite Paris SUD – Fundamental physics
  •  Universitat Politecnic de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech) – Engineering physics
  • University of Turku – Material physics
  • Friedrich Alexander universitat Erlangan Nuremberg – Material physics
  • Graz university of Technology – Experimental physics, Space physics
  • Peter the great Saint- Petersburg polytechnic university – Nanostructures and condensed matter physics
  • Johannes Kepler university Linz – Technical physics
  • National university of science and technology MISIS – Quantum physics
  • University of Tromso – Space physics
  • University of Florence – Material physics

* – Universities offering all the varieties of course in the field of Physics including general physics.

DISCLAIMER:
      ALL THE UNIVERSITIES ENLISTED HERE ARE RANKED ACCORDING TO QS RATING 2019 AND WILL BE DIFFERENT IN THE FUTURE. THE INFORMATION GIVEN HERE ARE BASIC INSTRUCTIONS AND ACT AS GUIDE FOR ONE’S PREFERENCES, SO PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE WEBSITE OF THE COLLEGE AND COURSES ONE SELECTS INCLUDING THE TUITION FEE AND PROCEED TO APPLY. NOT THAT IT’S A PROBLEM BUT “BEING VIGILANT IS BETTER THAN POST EVENT REGRETS”.

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