The Integrated Master in Engineering Physics is an interdisciplinary course that combines the study of Physics, Mathematics, Electronics and Informatics, and is designed for new technologies and opportunities of the 21st century, providing to the students qualifications in emerging technological areas. The course has two specialization areas and students will have to choose one of them, at the end of the 3rd academic year:
Devices, Microsystems and Nanotechnologies
The field of nano-engineering has been introducing new paradigms in the design, manufacture and modeling of materials and devices, which are structured in extremely small scales. On this scale, the laws of physics come into new regimes and many of the rules of conventional engineering have to be reassessed in order to allow for getting properties and performances that go beyond the state of the art. Applications include sensors and biomedical diagnostic devices and healthcare, actuators, lasers, quantum computers and power generation systems. The specialization of this course will have a component in traditional areas of development of manufacturing processes, materials, sensors and actuators, among others, and another in the study of the tools and techniques of micro and nanofabrication and nanomaterials. The collaboration with Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory ( INL ) will allow access to cutting-edge technologies, focusing on developing new products in the field of nanobiotechnology and nanoelectronics, among others.
Physics of Information
The Physics of Information is one of the more recent fields of physics, a field that grew out of efforts to understand how one could use quantum mechanics to increase the power of computing. Surprisingly, quantum systems can solve certain mathematical and computational problems much faster than is possible with classical systems. These findings open new possibilities for computing and for the transfer and storage of information and may be important in developing new technologies for the future. The specialization of the Physics of Information open an area still undeveloped in Portugal, but with great future technological impact, which allows to understand and develop new ways of information processing and communication governed by the laws of physics at the scale of atoms. In this specialization area will be done an introduction to the concepts of quantum information and to the theory to explore the possibilities of quantum computing.
Access to higher education
This course provides the technical and scientific capacity to access the courses of the second cycle (Master)
The interdisciplinary training of physics engineer is especially suited for situations of continuous innovation that occur in companies of technologic basis, allowing them to have a range of options for employment in many fields of engineering, including mechanical, electronic, civil, automobile, business, in communications and information technology and in areas related to life sciences and health technology, energy, computing and space technologies.