Bachelor's Degree in Applied Physics

From natural phenomena to technological applications
Bachelor's Degree in Applied Physics

Become the professional that all companies and institutions need

Applied physics is at the heart of society. It forms the basis of many of the products we use in everyday life. If you are passionate about understanding the reasons for natural phenomena and the technologies that surround us, in addition to being able to apply reasoning and physical theory to real projects and practices, this is your Bachelor's degree, and Nebrija University is your destination.

Master quantum computing, artificial intelligence, scientific simulations in aeronautics, nanotechnology, control engineering, econophysics and the development of new medicines. This program includes simulation projects for systems such as aeronautics, the automotive industry, medicine and autonomous machines, thanks to the support of top-level international companies and institutions, which develops a multidisciplinary profile in students, adapted to new tools and market technologies.

The expertise of Spanish graduates in physical disciplines has always been of a very high level and has ensured them an easy insertion into the working world, always tailored to their skills and knowledge. In recent years, more and more physicists have made their contribution, both in the world of basic physics research and in various other scientific fields, in whose development they take part through their methodological contribution: science and environment, industry, computer science, technology, economics, diagnostic research techniques and medical therapy, historical research and conservation techniques in the field of cultural heritage.

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This boom in employability is due to the explosion of data science and automation in services and industry that requires profiles with deep scientific-technological knowledge, as well as skills, such as critical analysis, complex problem solving, reasoning, self-learning and use of technology, which are developed by the students of this degree. These skills are among those determined to be of incremental importance and within the “top 15” skills for 2025 by the World Economic Forum in its Future of Jobs Survey 2020.

With just 9.2%, workers trained in natural, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences are among those with the lowest unemployment rate according to 2020 data extracted from the INE's Labor Force Survey (EPA) on the influence of the sector and level of training in the labor market.

In other words, not only does the Physics graduate not have to worry about unemployment, but they find employment in the most varied fields and in all of them their qualities are valuable and appreciated.

Advisory and consultative council

  • Manuel Aguilar(CIEMAT researcher, CERN vice president, RAC member)
  • Daniel Cortina (Micromag technical director)
  • Pedro Miguel Echenique (president of Donostia International Physics Center, RAC member)
  • Francisco Guinea (senior researcher at Imdea Nanoscience, National Research Award)
  • Antonio Hernando (full professor of magnetism, RAC member, lecturer at Nebrija University)
  • Pilar Marín (full professor of Physics of Condensed Matter, director of the IMA)
  • Rolf Tarrach (former rector of the University of Luxembourg, former president of CSIC)

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With the College of Official Physicists of Madrid (COFIS)

Nebrija University and the Official Association of Physicists of Madrid (COFIS) come together to offer comprehensive and quality training to future graduates in Physics. This is an agreement with the professional association that allows students and graduates to interact with their association from the beginning of their studies. The agreement takes into account mutual academic and professional counsel, exchange of professionals and collaborations in the development of joint projects.

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Student profile: Those interested in studying and obtaining the Bachelor's Degree in Applied Physics must have:
• Baccalaureate-level knowledge of physics and mathematics.
• Aptitude for logical reasoning.
• Ease of understanding and reasoning about abstract models that generalize the particular aspects of practical cases.

In addition to these aspects, regarding their personal attitude, it is recommended that students:
• Have creativity, imagination and desire for innovation.
• Be organized and methodical learners.
• Be receptive, practical and open to improvising solutions.
• Have the ability for teamwork, communication, be able to lead, as well as a good ability to adapt to different areas.
• Be determined to dedicate themselves to continuous learning, with intellectual curiosity to stay up-to-date on recent advances in science and technology.

Graduate profile:The profile of graduates in Applied Physics is that of people prepared to experiment, analyze and apply the knowledge acquired regarding natural phenomena in interdisciplinary teams of companies, industries and consultancies, as well as in R+D+I units.
These profiles will be able to:
• Establish theories to solve science and technology problems using mathematical and computational knowledge.
• Contribute and assume scientific challenges with an open and flexible mentality, both in the academic and professional environment, based on critical reasoning.
• Work in an international and interdisciplinary environment.
• Learn independently or pursue postgraduate studies to delve into and/or specialize in different fields related to physics, computing and engineering.

Official degree: Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics

Center responsible:Higher Polytechnic School

Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture

Places offered: 45

Total Credits 240 credits.
Minimum 12 ECTS credits and maximum 90 ECTS credits per enrollment and academic year

Academic year it was implemented: 2022

Languages: Spanish

Quality of the degree

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Training in technical applications and professional competences


All our degrees and curricula have been prepared in accordance with the new guidelines set by current legislation, having already been verified by the National Agency for Quality Assessment.
The student must take 240 credits

First year 60 ECTS

  • Primer Semestre 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Fundamentals of Physics I
  • 6 ECTS | Calculus I
  • 6 ECTS | Linear algebra
  • 6 ECTS | Programming
  • 6 ECTS | Development of Professional Competences I

  • Second Semester 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Fundamentals of Physics II
  • 6 ECTS | Calculus II
  • 6 ECTS | Computational Physics I
  • 6 ECTS | Experimental Techniques I
  • 6 ECTS | Mechanics and Waves

Second year 60 ECTS

  • First Semester 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Differential equations
  • 6 ECTS | Electricity and magnetism
  • 6 ECTS | Complex variables
  • 6 ECTS | Experimental Techniques II
  • 6 ECTS | Thermodynamics

  • Second Semester 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Optics
  • 6 ECTS | Advanced Mathematical Methods
  • 6 ECTS | Analytical Mechanics and Relativity
  • 6 ECTS | Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  • 6 ECTS | Development of the Participative and Solidarity Spirit/ Techno-Ethics (EL)

Third year 60 ECTS

  • First Semester 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Statistical Physics
  • 6 ECTS | Computational Physics II
  • 6 ECTS | Solid-state Physics
  • 6 ECTS | Applied Electronics
  • 6 ECTS | Quantum physics

  • Second Semester 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Experimental Techniques III
  • 6 ECTS | Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • 6 ECTS | Materials Physics
  • 6 ECTS | Quantum Mechanics and Computing
  • 6 ECTS | Development of Professional Competences II

Fourth year 60 ECTS

  • First Semester 24 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Fluid Physics
  • 6 ECTS | Advanced Materials
  • 6 ECTS | Dynamic systems
  • 6 ECTS | Robotics
  • 6 ECTS | Econophysics
  • 6 ECTS | Radiophysics
  • 6 ECTS | Sources of Energy and Environment
  • 6 ECTS | Technological Project Management

  • Second Semester 24 ECTS
  • 24 ECTS | Evaluation of the development of skills in the company

  • Yearly 12 ECTS
  • 12 ECTS | Final Research Project (FRP)

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Competence Development Seminar 12 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Competence Development Seminar I
  • 6 ECTS | Competence Development Seminar II
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Development of the Participative and Solidarity Spirit 6 ECTS

The recognition of 6 credits will be arranged according to the different activities that the student carries out throughout his/her degree. They will be awarded for university cultural activities, sports, student representation, solidarity and cooperation, and/or for attending one of the following subjects: Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Eval. of the Development of Skills in the Company 24 ECTS

A program whose objective is to favor the practical training of the students, under the continuous supervision of the Department of Professional Careers of the University, the academic department corresponding to the degree and the company or collaborating institution where the internships are carried out. We provide advice on the choice of internships and follow-up and tutoring, always taking the student’s professional orientation into account.

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Final Research Project 12 ECTS

This project involves the development of research tasks regarding different subjects by the student under the advice of one or several professors of the Department and, occasionally, professionals from the business world. For this, the student has the possibility to choose a project from among those offered.

Transversal Subjects Program

Through the transversal subjects you will be able to complement your education and complete your CV in a practical, collaborative and fun way.

It is a voluntary program with no added cost. Upon completion, you will be provided with a diploma.

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Diploma in English Professional Communication

Nebrija University, which is committed to languages and quality, provides the student with added value with the Diploma in English Professional Communication, which will allow him/her to achieve with confidence the competence demanded to successfully join the labor market.

It corresponds to level C1.

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Profesores Professors Porcentaje de Doctores Percentage of PhD holders
10 78%
Alia Baroudi Guijarro Alia Baroudi Guijarro Directora del grado en Física Aplicada
Profesora del área de Fundamentos de la Física
Director of the Bachelor's Degree in Applied Physics
Professor of the area of ​​Fundamentals of Physics
Licenciada en Física en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Doctoranda de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Personal de apoyo a la investigación en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Miembro honorífico del grupo de “Membranas y Energías Renovables” de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Fernando Aguilar Galindo Ávila Fernando Aguilar Galindo Ávila Profesor del área de Competencias Profesionales Professor of the area of Professional Competences Fernando es Licenciado en Psicología Clínica por la Universidad de Comillas y posee la Especialidad de Psicología Industrial por la Universidad Complutense, además de ser Especialista en Psicología Aplicada a la Empresa por ICADE. A lo largo de sus 30 años de experiencia profesional, ha desarrollado puestos de Dirección y Gerencia en Compañías multinacionales como Bossard, Gemini Consulting (Cap Gemini) MCC, Soluziona o Indra. En la actualidad posee su propia compañía a través de la cual desarrolla Servicios Profesionales en materia de Recursos Humanos y, formando parte del equipo del Instituto Iñaki Piñuel, acciones como Consejo Psicológico, así como Prevención y Gestión de Riesgos Psicosociales. Rafael Barea del Cerro Rafael Barea del Cerro Profesor del área Física de la Materia Condensada Professor of the Physics area of ​​Condensed Matter Doctor por la UAM, Ingeniero de Materiales por la UPM, Licenciado en CC Físicas y Diplomado en Magisterio por la UCM. Especialista universitario en elementos finitos en problemas térmicos por la UNED. Experiencia investigadora durante más de 10 años en diferentes centros del CSIC y en la Universidad Nebrija. Profesor titular por la ANECA, posee tres sexenios de investigación. Especialidades: procesamiento y caracterización de materiales cerámicos y metálicos, en modelos matemáticos y simulación (redes neuronales, lógica difusa, elementos finitos, modelización de propiedades no lineales de materiales...). Actualmente trabajando en el área de fabricación aditiva en inoxidables y en propiedades mecánicas de aleaciones de magnesio con orientación a la fabricación de piezas de la industria del transporte (aviones, trenes, barcos y automóviles). Alberto Castellano Soria Alberto Castellano Soria Profesor del área de Técnicas experimentales Professor of the Experimental Techniques area Graduado en Ciencias Físicas por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, en la especialidad de física Fundamental, además de haber realizado el Máster de Nanofísica y Materiales Avanzados en la misma universidad. Actualmente se encuentra realizando la tesis Doctoral en el Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado (IMA) sobre síntesis y estudio de propiedades de composites de nanopartículas metálicas magnéticas core-shell incrustadas en carbono, y sus posibles aplicaciones como absorbentes de radiación electromagnética. Miguel Angel García Miguel Angel García Profesor del área de Fundamentos de la Física Professor of the area of ​​Fundamentals of Physics Doctor en Ciencias Físicas por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, con sobresaliente cum laude y premio extraordinario de doctorado UCM 1999. Ha sido investigador posdoctoral en el Istituto Nazionalle per la Fisica de la Materia (Padova, Italia), Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC) y ha sido director Científico del Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado UCM-ADIF. Ha sido Profesor Visitante en el Argonne National Laboratory (Chicago, USA), Universidad de California San Diego (USA) y el European Synchotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, Francia). En la actualidad es Investigador Científico del Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio donde ha fundado y dirige el laboratorio de nanomateriales electromagnéticos. Es profesor honorífico de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid y la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Con una experiencia de 10 años como profesor universitario, posee más de 150 publicaciones SCI, el 78% en el primer cuartil, y tiene un índice H de 38. Además, ha publicado capítulos de libros, ha sido IP de 19 proyectos financiados y ha participado en cientos de conferencias especializadas. Antonio Hernando Grande Antonio Hernando Grande Profesor magistral Nebrija
Profesor del área de Magnetismo
Masterly Professor Nebrija
Professor of the area of Magnetism
Catedrático de Magnetismo de la Materia en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid desde 1980 y Director del Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado de la misma universidad. Es autor de aproximadamente trescientas publicaciones científicas, de diecisiete patentes y director de veintidós tesis doctorales. Sus publicaciones tienen más de 16000 referencias con un índice H=61. Ha sido Investigador en Naval Research Lab. en Washington y Profesor invitado en la Universidad Técnica de Dinamarca, en la Universidad de Cambridge y en el Instituto Max-Planck de Stuttgart. Académico Numerario de la Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales; Doctor Honoris Causa por la Universidad del País Vasco; Doctor Honoris Causa por la Universidad de Cantabria. Medalla de Oro de la Real Sociedad Española de Física; Premio de Investigación Miguel Catalán de la Comunidad de Madrid; Fellow de la American Physical Society; Premio Dupont de la Ciencia; y Premio Nacional de Investigación. Ha sido Vice-chairman de la Comisión de Magnetismo de la IUPAP, Editor del Journal of Physics C . Condensed Matter. Presidente de la Soft Magnetic Material Conference. Editor de Biosensors Journal.
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Danilo Magistrali Danilo Magistrali Profesor del área de Matemáticas Aplicadas Professor of the area of ​​Applied Mathematics Doctor por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Licenciado en Físico - Química, DEA en Física. Desde el 2005 imparte asignaturas de matemáticas en Ingeniería, ADE, Arquitectura en varias universidades: UPM, UC3M, UPNA, UPCO, Nebrija. Ha publicado libros y cuadernos de apoyo a la docencia en el ámbito de la matemática aplicada y de la historia de la ciencia. Clara Matutano Molina Clara Matutano Molina Profesora del área de ingeniería del software, sistemas de información y sistemas inteligentes. Professor in the area of software engineering, information systems and intelligent systems. Miembro del grupo de investigación Nebrija Inteligencia artificial y sistemas emergentes. Doctora Ingeniera de Caminos, Canales y Puertos por la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Con más de 10 años de experiencia como profesional en Obras Marítimas. Está acreditada por la ANECA como Contratada Doctora y Profesora de Universidad Privada, y cuenta con un sexenio de investigación. Carolina Andrea Mendoza Parra Carolina Andrea Mendoza Parra Profesora del área de Física Computacional Professor of the area of ​​Computational Physics Doctora por la Universidad de Navarra. Actualmente trabaja en flujos geofísicos en océanos y atmósfera. En particular, en el desarrollo de descriptores Lagrangianos para localizar estructuras coherentes en la superficie del Mar mediante datos satelitales. Acreditada como Profesor titular. Ha realizado estancias post-doctorales en el Instituto Nazionalle di Ottica (Florencia) Italia trabajando en sincronización de cadenas de osciladores, en el Instituto Max-Planck de Sistemas Complejos (Dresde)-Alemania y como profesor visitante en la Facultad de Earth, Ocean, & Environment de la Universidad de Delaware. Mª Pilar Vélez Melón Mª Pilar Vélez Melón Profesora de área de Álgebra y Geometría Professor of the Algebra and Geometry area Doctora y licenciada en Ciencias Matemáticas por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ha desarrollado su actividad docente e investigadora en las Universidades Complutense, de Pisa (Italia) y Antonio de Nebrija. En esta última ha desempeñado los cargos de Coordinadora del Área de Matemática Aplicada, Jefe de Estudios y Directora del Departamento de Ingeniería Informática, Vicerrectora y Rectora. Profesor acreditado en las figuras de contratado doctor y profesor de universidad privada, con un sexenio de investigación reconocido. Participa como investigadora en un proyecto del Plan nacional de I+D+i y en una red temática de excelencia sobre Algebra computacional y aplicaciones. Sus trabajos de investigación se encuentran publicados en revistas indexadas, los últimos en Journal of Symbolic Computation, Revista Matemática Complutense, Mathematics o ACM. Así mismo, participa activamente en congresos y reuniones en los campos del Cálculo simbólico y de la Didáctica de las matemáticas, y forma parte de los comités científicos de conferencias internacionales. Es delegada de la Real Sociedad Matemática Española (RSME) en la Universidad Nebrija y preside la Comisión Profesiones y Empleabilidad de la RSME.
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Career Ooportunties

Graduates in Physics are professionals who are very well prepared and sought after in the working world, to the point that these graduates show an unemployment rate that is one of the lowest of all Spanish degrees. The education received produces versatile professionals, accustomed to the analysis and modeling of complex situations, which gives them a good ability to solve problems of various kinds. Some of the competences of physics graduates that are valued by employers, and also by graduates once they are in the labor market, come not only from the breadth of their knowledge in Physics, but from more cross-cutting aspects, such as: the ability to analyze and synthesize, the possibility of a quantitative approach, of problem solving or the ability for quick self-learning in an even more rapidly evolving technological environment.

Graduates in Applied Physics find employment in industry, laboratories, research centers, and educational institutions:

  • Energy production: nuclear power plants, wind energy or fusion reactors.
  • Meteorology and the environment: weather forecasting, natural disaster prediction or meteorological satellites.
  • Design and development of new materials: nanotechnologies, superconductors or semiconductors.
  • Optics: fiber optics, artificial vision, lasers or image processing.
  • Biophysics: radiation protection, magnetic resonance, effects of electric and magnetic fields in living organisms or drug design.
  • Informatics and computers: robotics, processor design, programming of high security systems or communications networks.

Nebrija University and its Higher Polytechnic School have more than 3,500 collaboration agreements with the best companies and institutions in each sector for training internships. Below is a selection of companies with a current agreement that could incorporate students of the Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics, among others:

Employability recognized in the Rankings

Employability recognized in the Rankings

The commitment of Nebrija University to the academic requirement, training in leading companies and institutions, innovation in multidisciplinary programs and international projection, places the University in the top positions of the most important rankings.

The International Ranking QS Stars awards Nebrija University the maximum score in the quality and satisfaction of students in teaching, employability of the graduates and the internationalization of the institution.

The national rankings also recognize Nebrija University as the first Spanish university in teaching and second in employability, highlighting its performance in research, knowledge transfer and internationalization.

Development of Professional Competences

The Bologna Declaration formalized the principles on which the European Higher Education Area should be based: quality, mobility, diversity, competitiveness and employment growth.

From this, Nebrija stands as an academic model of reference, educating students with excellent individual behavior, interaction with their environment and motivated by and for constant and continuous training. The Nebrija Institute of Professional Skills works every day to achieve the differentiation of our students through the development of attitudes and skills.

The main objective is for students to achieve the best of themselves through the development and empowerment of their personal skills and resources through personal self-knowledge.

In addition, some of the professional skills that are worked on within the three seminars are those related to interpersonal skills and active communication skills and negotiation, indispensable for our students to know how to transmit ideas, to argue them, to provide information and opinions in an adequate, clear and convincing way.

Within what will be their work performance, other aspects such as teamwork, conflict resolution and project management ability will be worked on.

In the third block, skills worked on are those aimed at increasing the student's employability. They will work with tools and techniques for job searching, and perform tasks that achieve in the student a greater use of their personal skills.

For all this we have currently active experts in selection of people, professionals dedicated to personal and professional training and professionals dedicated to the world of communication and the arts.

In this way, and in a complementary way to his/her specific training, we help the student create a differentiating pattern in the social and business environment in which he/she will be immersed when he/she finishes his/her studies.

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"The Bachelor's Degree in Applied Physics aims to provide students with essential knowledge of physics, focusing on new technological trends in fields such as fluids, energy, dynamic systems, quantum computing and robotics. It is also complemented by training in professional competences, the so-called soft skills, and a last semester of internships in companies that emphasize employability, which is one of Nebrija University's identifying traits.
Pilar VélezDirector of the Bachelor’s Degree

Mathematics and Physics in the digital age

Session that addressed the challenges and opportunities of mathematicians and physicists in the digital age, interdisciplinarity, innovation and technology, as well as the bachelor's degrees in Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics (and its double degree) launched by the Nebrija University's Higher Polytechnic School.

Welcome Sessions for the 2022-2023 academic year

Nebrija University held Welcome Sessions aimed at new face-to-face bachelor's degree students for the 2022-2023 academic year.
The sessions took place on September 7, 8 and 9 and in them the students got to know the University, professors, departments, facilities and colleagues who will be part of their university life.

Investiture ceremony of Carlos López-Otín as doctor honoris causa

Nebrija University named biochemist Carlos López-Otín a doctor honoris causa last Friday, November 18, in a ceremony that took place in the Conference Hall of the Madrid-Princesa Campus, and had Cristina Garmendia, president of the Cotec Foundation, PhD in Biological Sciences and former Minister of Science and Innovation, as the sponsor.


Pilar Vélez proclaims her passion for mathematics at the official opening of the 2022-2023 academic year

La pasión tiñó la atmósfera del acto de apertura del curso académico 2022-2023 en el Campus de Madrid-Princesa de la Universidad Nebrija. Estuvo presente en los gestos y en las palabras de los discursos de las personalidades académicas y en el título de la lección inaugural –Pasión por las matemáticas. De los grandes descubrimientos al descubrimiento de teoremas– pronunciada por Pilar Vélez Melón, catedrática de Matemáticas y directora del grupo de investigación Matemáticas y sus aplicaciones.

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