Your degree in Engineering Physics

While studying Engineering Physics, you're learning to combine your advanced knowledge of electrical, mechanical and computer systems and the fundamental principles of physics to design novel products and new technologies. You’ll develop important skills to turn your innovative ideas into real-life products.

These skills may include:

  • Application of theoretical and practical knowledge of mathematics, mechanics, electronics, software, and physics to develop new materials, devices, and systems
  • Engage in scientific research experience to develop scientific methods and to execute experiments
  • Agility to move fluidly from big picture to small detail and work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Design and building of commercially viable prototypes with consideration to functionality, safety, manufacturability, and cost
  • Capacity to quickly build knowledge in new domains and digest large amounts of technical data and use that information to make sound recommendations
  • Verbal and written communication, and the ability to interpret and summarize scientific results clearly and concisely
  • Usage of specialized lab equipment, fabrication tools, programming languages, and advanced modeling software

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including nuclear and particle physics, micro and nanotechnology, semiconductors and electronics, computer technologies, healthcare, fibre optics and laser design, clean energy, and applied research and development, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Aerodynamics engineer

Analog design engineer

Application programmer


Automotive engineer

Biomedical engineer

Circuit design engineer

Computer systems engineer

Control systems engineer

Data scientist

Electrical and electronics research engineer

Electro-optics engineer

Embedded software engineer

Entrepreneur or Start-up Founder

Engineering physicist

Engineering scientist

Entrepreneur or Start-up Founder

Full stack developer

Fibre-optic network designer

Fluid mechanics engineer

Machine learning researcher

Manufacturing systems engineer

Mechanical engineer

Medical products designer

Microelectronics engineer

Microprocessor designer and application engineer

Microwave systems engineer

Nanoelectronics research engineer

Nuclear design engineer

Nuclear physicist

Optical development engineer

Optical systems expert

Particle accelerator analyst

Patent agent

Photonics research associate

Physics researcher

Power generation engineer

Process development engineer

Entrepreneur or Start-up Founder

Professor or Lecturer

Quantum computing engineer

R&D engineer

Research scientist

Software designer

Technical project manager

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Engineering Physics Student Association
Participate in social events and attend the annual industry night to meet like-minded individuals.

UBC Engineering Physics Project Lab
Access prototyping tools, a list of available projects, lab resources, event listings and job postings.

Department of Physics and Astronomy e-newsletter
Subscribe to the quarterly e-news to learn about departmental events and opportunities.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Student Section
Network with peers and professionals, attend guest speaker events, panel presentation and field trips.

UBC Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Student Branch
Attend technical workshops, participate in industry field trips and join student competitions.

UBC Solar
Learn to build your ideas, develop your technical skills, and work in an interdisciplinary team.

UBC Open Robotics
Collaborate with peers from multiple disciplines to work on unique and interesting robotics projects.

UBC Supermileage
Work as part of a diverse team to design and fabricate ultra- fuel-efficient vehicles to compete in annual competitions.

Biomedical Engineering Student Team
Build feasible devices that have the potential to benefit the medical community while developing your technical skills.

UBC Department of Physics events
Check out departmental events, including seminars, colloquia, and lectures.

UBC BizTech
Participate in case competitions and attend panels and showcases to connect with business and tech professionals.

Get the resources and mentorship support you need to take your startup idea to the next level.

UBC nwPlus
Learn a new programming language or web framework, or join the annual hack day to collaborate on real projects.

Physics and Astronomy research opportunities
See the departmental research opportunities available in the field of Physics and Astronomy.

Research in Mechanical Engineering
Find research opportunities in Applied Mechanics and Design, Biomedical Engineering, Manufacturing and Control, and Thermofluids.

Computer and Electrical Engineering research members
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in engineering physics between study terms.

Creative Destruction Lab Quantum Incubator Stream
Participate in an intensive 6-week technical bootcamp led by leading scientists in quantum computing and machine learning.

Innovation OnBoard
Learn about the world of entrepreneurship and join a competition team to develop your entrepreneurial skills.

CAP University Prize Exam
Compete against other undergraduates in the national Physics competition and win prizes in Term 2.

Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference
Present at the annual conference, attend lectures, network with your peers, and tour local research facilities.

Internet of Things (IoT) Events
View upcoming events and conferences on new technologies for different sectors.

BCTech job board
Check out tech and engineering job opportunities within BC.

ACM Student Research Competition
Present your original research at this international student conference in Term 2 and receive cash prizes and awards.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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