Master's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaScience
Main fields of studiesPhysics
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Completely taught in English
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The Master's Degree Programme in Physics is an international course offered in English (M. Sc. in Physics) for students who want to specialise in various fields of physics, such as physics of matter and nanoscience, biophysics, particle physics and physics of fundamental interactions. The teaching activity also relies on classes held by visiting professors, i.e. foreign university teachers who spend a half term in our Department, as well as scientists employed in national research centers, and more specifically of the Nanoscience Institute of the Italian Research Centre, which has one of its headquarters in Modena. Since the very beginning, students therefore experience the real world of research along with its most recent developments. By attending the classes along with experimental and computational laboratories, students will develop both specific skills and strong problem solving skills, learning how to create models and apply methodologies useful to analyse complex systems: all these skills will ensure them a prompt and effective professional integration.

Course content

Students complete their basic training in Physics, choosing between two curricula of studies to deepen subjects selectively either in Theoretical and Computational Physics or in Experimental Physics. The customised curricula allows students to explore the fields of physics they are most interested in (particle physics, physics of fundamental interactions, physics of matter, nanosciences and nanotechnologies, biophysics and foundations of physics). The last semester involves a research project, aimed at preparing the thesis. The project will be carried out in one of the research groups of the academic department or other research groups, such as the Nanoscience Institute of the Italian Research Centre, and may focus on fundamental research issues as well as technological questions, even in collaboration with specific industries.

Career options

Physics is a discipline that offers an extremely wide range of professional opportunities. Many physicists work in high-tech industries, ranging from mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and biomedical enterprises, in fields such as meteorology and environmental control, medical physics, finance, scientific publishing, and higher education. The master's degree programme gives access to the doctoral research, thus starting the required path aimed at pursuing a professional career in scientific research, both in universities and public or private research institutions.

After the degree

The Master Degree in Physics gives direct access to doctoral studies in Physics and related disciplines in Italy and abroad. In Modena, the Department runs a PhD program in Physics and Nanoscience. The Master Degree in Physics also gives access to specific training courses for higher education or other specific professional training, for example in medical physics, according to national rules.

List of single courses taught in English

- Advanced Quantum Mechanics [ credits: 6]
- Biological Physics [ credits: 6]
- Chemical Physics of Biomolecules [ credits: 6]
- Dynamics of Complex Systems [ credits: 6]
- Fundamentals of Nanosciences [ credits: 6]
- Good Practices and Research Integrity in Sciences [ credits: 4]
- Magnetism and Spintronics [ credits: 6]
- Monte Carlo Methods in Physics [ credits: 6]
- Optical Properties of Matter [ credits: 6]
- Physics of Semiconductors [ credits: 6]
- Quantum Field Theory [ credits: 6]
- Quantum Many-Body Theory [ credits: 6]
- Relativity [ credits: 6]
- Statistical Mechanics and Phase Transitions [ credits: 6]
- Stochastic Processes and Classical Statistical Mechanics [ credits: 6]
- Characterization of Nanostructures [ credits: 6]
- Elementary Particles [ credits: 6]
- Gauge Theories [ credits: 6]
- Laboratory of Computational Quantum Mechanics [ credits: 6]
- Laboratory of Condensed Matter [ credits: 6]
- Nuclear Physics and Detectors [ credits: 6]
- Quantum Physics of Condensed Matter [ credits: 6]
- Synchrotron Radiation: basics and applications [ credits: 6]

More information

Course Director
prof. Guido Goldoni
prof. Paolo Bordone

The course is managed by the Department of Physics, Informatics and Mathematics