Science / Master's degree programme

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

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 several fields of physics, such as nano-physics and nano- technologies, bio-physics, computational physics of matter, physics of fundamental interactions and applied physics. 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 centres, such as the Nanoscience Institute of the Italian Research Council, which has one of its headquarters in Modena. Students therefore experience the real world of research along with its most recent developments. By attending classes along with experimental and computational laboratories, students will develop both technical and problem solving skills, learning how to create models and apply methodologies useful to analyse complex systems competences which ensure a prompt and effective professional integration in the job market or in research.

Course content

Students complete their basic training in Physics, attained through the three-year degree, by choosing between three curricula of studies: Theoretical and Computational Physics, Experimental Nano-and Bio- Physics, and Applied Physics. The personalized study plan allow students to explore the fields of physics and its applications they are most interested in. The last semester involves a research project, aimed at preparing the Master 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 Council, and may focus on fundamental research issues as well as technological applications, possibly 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.

After the degree

The master's degree in Physics gives access to the doctoral studies, thus starting the required path aimed at pursuing a professional career in scientific research, both in universities and public or private research institutions.

List of single courses taught in English

- Advanced Quantum Mechanics [ credits: 6]
- Biological Physics with Laboratory [ credits: 6]
- Chemical Physics of Biomolecules [ credits: 6]
- Elementary Particles [ credits: 6]
- Fundamentals of Nanosciences [ credits: 6]
- Gauge Theories [ credits: 6]
- Laboratory of Computational Quantum Mechanics [ credits: 6]
- Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics [ credits: 6]
- Laboratory of Nanofabrication [ credits: 6]
- Magnetism and Spintronics [ credits: 6]
- Medical Physics [ credits: 6]
- Monte Carlo Methods in Physics [ credits: 6]
- Nano-mechanics [ credits: 6]
- Physics education: Theoretical and experimental methods [ credits: 6]
- Physics of Semiconductors [ credits: 6]
- Quantum Field Theory [ credits: 6]
- Quantum Many-Body Theory [ credits: 6]
- Quantum Physics of Matter [ credits: 6]
- Relativity [ credits: 6]
- Statistical Mechanics and Phase Transitions [ 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