M.Sc. Physics

University of Ferrara

Application deadline: July 18th
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,300 / Year (EEA)
  • € 1,300 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
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.


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.


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.



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


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