Applied physics is an area of study within the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prospective students apply through GSAS; in the online application, select  “Engineering and Applied Sciences” as your program choice and select “PhD Applied Physics” in the Area of Study menu.

Applied physics is at the intersection of physics and engineering. Applied physicists explore the phenomena that become the foundation of quantum and photonic devices and novel materials. They also study the fundamentals of complex systems, including living organisms. Applied physicists are problem solvers by nature, and our PhDs find employment not only in academia but also in non-profits and industry, including start-ups. 

Graduate students in applied physics work with faculty researching:

  • Biomaterials

  • Materials 

  • Photonics

  • Quantum Engineering

  • Soft Matter

Theses & Dissertations for Applied Physics