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


Physics is the discipline that tackles all fundamental issues which are at the core of the rational foundation of the comprehension of all natural phenomena. With its discoveries forms the basis of all scientific disciplines and addresses the future of technology. Future advancements of fundamental and industrial research can neither exist without a solid physical background, which has always been the base for technological innovation, nor without the imaginative contribution of physics researchers, vital for topics such as the new methods of energy production and energy conservation, the creation of new materials and new devices for telecommunications and mechanical engineering, environmental and health monitoring, nanoscience and nanotechnology. By an in depth scientific training in Physics students will acquire laboratory skills in a variety of experimental techniques, will discover the new and most advanced theories, developing abilities to tackle and solve, also by means of theoretical and numerical modeling, complex problems in complex systems.

Course content

The two year MSc in Physics provides training at an advanced level for students who are interested either in a quick and effective job integration or to continue research as graduate student in a Doctorate School. Students complete their basic training in Physics, making a choice between two curricula of studies to deepen subjects selectively either in Theoretical and Computational Physics or in Experimental Physics, and come into direct contact with scientific research in the fields of the Physics of Fundamental Interactions, of the Physics of Matter and of Nanosciences, while working on an original research project for the MSc Thesis. The project can be carried out in National and/or International Academic Institutions, or in Laboratories of Research Institutes such us for example the S3 Center of the CNR-NANO Institute in Modena, or in the Research and Technology sectors of industrial entities.

Career options

Physics is by far the discipline that offers the widest range of professional opportunities. Many physicists work in high-tech industries, research and development laboratories of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and biomedical enterprises, most often dealing with problems at the frontiers of knowledge, or applying "physics thinking" to technological applications in the field of semiconductor, telecommunications and information technology, medicine and finance. Finally, there are the more traditional teaching careers and, last-but-not- least, the continuation of the studies at the Doctorate level for pursuing a Scientific Research career at Universities or Research Institutions.

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
tel. +39 059 205 5649 - fax +39 059 205 5235
prof. Paolo Bordone
tel. +39 059 205 8395 & - fax fax. +39 059 205 5235

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