M.Sc. Physics

University of Ferrara

Application deadline: MARCH 31st, 2013
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,300 / Year (EEA)
  • € 1,300 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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.

Contents

The Master Degree in Physics is normally obtained in two years of study, equivalent to 120 ECTS credits.

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 (equivalent to 12 ECTS credits) can be freely selected from all courses offered by the University:

* High Energy Physics Laboratory

* Physics of Complex Systems and Laboratory

* Relativity

* Electron Microscopy: theory and applications

* Semiconductor Physics Laboratory

* Measures and Observation of Celestial X and Gamma Rays

* Sensors: Physics and technology

* Applications of Quantum Field Theory

* Elements of Quantum Field Theory

* Physics of Critical Phenomena

* Magnetic Properties of Matter and Laboratory

* Surface Physics and Nanostructures

* Fenomenology of strong interactions

* Nuclear and Subnuclear Astrophysics

* Nuclear physics

* Phenomenology of electroweak interactions

* Physical cosmology

* High energy astrophysics

* Medical Physics Laboratory

* Radioactivity and dosimetry

* Medical Physics

Each student must submit his/her study plan to a comittee that will assess it, making sure that it builds up a coherent teaching path and that it complies with some formal requirements.

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

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.

Funding

Scholarships and financial aid

All students (Italian or otherwise) are entitled to the same student assistance service. This applies to scholarships, student loans, housing assistance, lunch tickets and fee waivers.
These services are managed by the DSU office (Diritto allo studio universitario).
Alongside scholarship and financial aid information, DSU offices will also provide other services such as counselling and information on extra curricular activities, sport, transport and other practical matters.

For more information, see the DSU site.

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Accreditation

Accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (Ministero dell' istruzione, Universita' e Ricerca, MIUR)

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