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M.Sc Applied Physics

Program Overview:

MSc Applied Physics

MSc Applied Physics is being launched by IAR from July 2020 to bachelor students in science and engineering. This program is designed with the concern of introducing applied and advanced courses which would eventually give opportunities to student to shape their career. Students enrolled under this program will be taught by our faculty who are from esteemed and premier research institutes of India and abroad (IPR Gandhinagar, PRL Ahmedabad, Universite Pierre France etc.)

MSc Applied Physics would be of 4 semesters (2 years) long program. From the first semester, students will be exposed to the theory of advanced physics as well as advanced laboratory. Public lectures by eminent scientist and faculties, scientific tours to research laboratories, scientific conferences and hands on workshops for students are also intrinsic part of the program. The courses planned under this program are listed semester wise below:

First semester: This semester is structured with the primary goal of building the fundamentals of physics prior to going for advanced physics. It will cover mostly the core subjects, such as, fundamentals of Mathematical Physics, Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics and Electronics. Apart from core subject, first semester will also cover an advanced course named “Material Science” and two laboratory courses, namely, Computational physics and Electronics.

Second semester: It will cover two core subjects, namely, Electrodynamics and Statistical Mechanics as well as two advanced courses, such as, Modern optics and Advanced Electronics. Besides theoretical physics, two labs of optics and computational physics will also be covered in this semester. One elective course from the syllabus of Applied Physics, which are listed below, will also be covered. Student will be given choice of their interest to select one elective from the list.

Third semester: It will cover two core subjects, namely, Condensed Matter and Atomic, Molecular and Laser physics. It will also cover one advanced course on Experimental Techniques. Two different electives, from the course list of applied physics, will be offered to students to get exposure for current day science and advanced research. Labs of Instrumentation as well as Measurement Techniques will be offered to students to get an exposure of designing and development of experimental apparatus in experimental physics.

Fourth semester: This semester will provide freedom and opportunity to students for carrying out a dissertation of their interest in premier research institutes of Gujarat, like, Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) Gandhinagar, Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) Ahmedabad, IIT Gandhinagar etc. One faculty from IAR will be designated to each student as a research guide along with a supervisor from the institute of their interest, where they will be carrying out their research project. This semester will add a new dimension into the career of students while learning research methodology by exposing themselves into the working environment/facilities of esteemed research institutes.


  • B.Sc. with Physics, Mathematics
  • B.Tech. from any branch

Selection process

The admission is based on merit.

After the Program

The course structure of MSc Applied physics is designed in such a way it encapsulate courses on core physics as well as advanced physics. Core physics courses will be helpful to qualify for entrance tests at the national as well as international level (CSIR-NET/GATE/JEST/GRE). The clearance of these entrance test will boost the confidence in students and will open a door to choose research (PhD) as a career from reputed national and international research institutes. The learning of advanced physics courses will provide an opportunity to secure jobs in industries (based on optics, material science, computational, and electronics) and in esteemed research laboratories (CSIR, BARC, DRDO, ISRO, DST).

Last but not the least, students who are interested to pursue research as a career can also join the research program (PhD) in IAR itself.

Structure of Program

Semester – I Total Credits:24

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Mathematical Physics 4 0
2 Classical Mechanics 4 0
3 Quantum Mechanics 4 0
4 Electronics 4 0
5 Introduction to Material Science 4 0
6 Computational Physics Laboratory – I 0 2
7 Electronics and Network Laboratory 0 2

Semester – II Total Credits: 24

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Electrodynamics 4 0
2 Advanced Electronics 4 0
3 Statistical Mechanics 4 0
4 Optics 4 0
5 Elective – I 4 0
6 Computational Physics Laboratory – II 0 2
7 Optics Laboratory 0 2

Semester – III Total Credits: 24

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Condensed Matter Physics 4 0
2 Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics 4 0
3 Experimental Techniques 4 0
4 Elective – II 4 0
5 Elective – III 4 0
6 Instrumentation Laboratory 0 2
7 Measurement Techniques Laboratory 0 2

Semester – IV Total Credits: 20*

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Dissertation 0 20

* Credits in the final semester should be same as that in other MSc programs at IAR (e.g., MSc Chemistry and MSc Biotechnology).

List of Electives:

  1. Advanced Material Characterization Techniques
  2. Plasma-assisted Material Synthesis and Processing
  3. Microprocessors and Microcontrollers
  4. Electronic Instrumentation
  5. Biomedical Instrumentation
  6. Digital Signal Processing
  7. Plasma Physics
  8. Advanced Mathematical Physics
  9. Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  10. Subjects offered from other disciplines / departments (including engineering, management and humanities)

*Subjects in the list may be added/removed depending upon the resources.