M.Sc. Physics

University of Ferrara | Ferrara, Italy
The goal of the Master School in Physics is a strengthening in the mastery of classical and modern Physics, as well as of the scientific method, together with a solid scientific and operative preparation in the chosen specialization field. The M. Sc. Course in Physics is the natural follow-up of the B. Sc. course. This is an opportunity for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of modern physics, both theoretical and experimental, with a strong focus both on basic science and advanced applied physics; students will have an opportunity to study and work in close contact with leading-edge research groups.

Description of Physics


The goal of the Master School in Physics is a strengthening in the mastery of classical and modern Physics, as well as of the scientific method, together with a solid scientific and operative preparation in the chosen specialization field. These goals require adequate skills in the handling of mathematical and computing tools and techniques, and also familiarity with modern instrumentation and advanced data analysis.

With these objectives, the Master in Physics is structured in a first part in which the basic facts learnt in the first three-year School are thoroughly investigated, especially in the subjects of Mathematics, Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics and its applications, and Scattering theory; and in a second part in which the taught courses are in the fields of research and activity of our Department.

The school activity then turns into the study of the frontier developments, both theoretical and experimental, of the chosen research domain, also with up to date experimental and data analysis techniques.

This 2-year route ends with the final test, a real research autonomously executed, original, which can be carried either in the University labs or in Research Centers or in private enterprises.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline July 18th
Tuition fee
  • EUR 1300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1300 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master Degree in Physics is normally obtained in two years of study

Core Courses

  • Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Scattering Theory
  • Elements of Subnuclear Physics
  • Solid State Physics

Optional Courses

Six additional courses must be taken; at least four must courses be taken from the list below, while two more courses can be freely selected from all courses offered by the University

Original research project

For the preparation of his/her thesis, each student starts an independent activity involving research and critical overview of an advanced topic, choosing the most appropriate methods and techniques.The selection of the thesis topic and the research activity will be performed in collaboration and under the supervision of a tutor, chosen by the student. Typically, thesis work will take a major fraction of the second year of the Programme.

Each student will present the results of his research project -- for which a referee will be appointed -- at a final exam session, where the M.Sc. degree will be awarded.

Requirements for Physics

We are keen to take students who have a B. Sc. (or equivalent) degree in physics. Alternately, a degree subject related to Physics can be considered on a case by case basis.

While we do not have formal requirements for language proficiency, you must at least be able to take you admittance interview in English.

Work Experience for Physics

No work experience is required.

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University of Ferrara, Italy

Italy The University of Ferrara (Italian: Università degli Studi di Ferrara) is the main university of the city of Ferrara in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. In the years prior to the First World War the University of Ferrara, with more than 500 students, was the best attended of the free universities in Italy. Today there are approximately 18,000 students enrolled, with nearly 400 degrees granted each year. The teaching staff numbers 600, including 223 researchers. It is organized into 8 Faculties.

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