Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #401 (ARWU) ,
This is an advanced course in Physics awarding a M.Sc. degree based on 120 ECDS credits; this course is fully taught in English. The main objective of this course is a deep and flexible understanding of the main areas of modern physics. The course is based on individual study and on actual research work, done in close contact with researchers working on advanced topics in a wide range of areas ranging from fundamental physics to advanced aspects of applied physics.


This course gives students all skills needed to address a wide range of job opportunities:

- those looking for a job in a technology related area have an opportunity to develop the advanced skills needed in a high-tec environment, learning how to model and analyze the behavior of complex systems, how to design complex measurement systems and how to use state-of-the-art scientific and engineering instrumentation and advanced computer systems.

- those who see their future in research have an opportunity to gain a deep theoretical and experimental understanding of the main areas of modern physics, as well as an early research experience, working on projects and stages done in close contact with researchers pursuing their work.

- for those who see thier future in teaching, our M. Sc. programme is the starting point to enter the accreditation process to become a High School teacher.

Regardless of their specific interests and motivation, our M.Sc. graduates have a deep understanding of the main areas of modern physics, at the theoretical and experimental level, a working knowledge of the main experimental and data handling techniques and a full appreciation of the scientific method.

Following her/his own specific interests students may choose among several key areas of physics, including Astrophysics, Space Physics and Physical Cosmology, Condensed Matter, Medical Physics, Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics, Material Science and Technology, Theoretical Physics, Computational Physics.

Our M. Sc. programme belongs to a "double degree" programme with Universite' Paris Sud. All students may apply to the "double degree" programme. Succesfull applicants spend one year in Ferrara and one year in Paris, and both Institution award a M. Sc. Degree.
M. Sc. graduate may continue their academic training as graduate students, applying for the Ph. D. programme offered by the Department.

Research Activity

Physics graduates will complete their academic career by obtaining the Master Degree in Physics and then work and specialize with teachers and researchers from the Physics Department in the following fields: Astrophysics and Space Physics, Medical Physics, Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics, Solid State Physics and Technology, Theoretical Physics.

Professional career prospects

The Master in Physics is a degree requested for access to a PhD School in Physics or to a second level Master in Physics.

This 2-year specialization school aims at preparing graduates with deeper and advanced knowledge in theoretical and experimental Physics, together with a specialized expertise in the chosen field. The student of such school, i.e. an LT graduate, will be able after completion to:
  • upgrade her/his education with PhD studies
  • access to research jobs both in Universities and in research Institutions
  • take up R&D careers in private firms
  • teach science in high schools and Universities.


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

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

Scientific background assumed in the course includes:
  • Good practical knowledge of Calculus, Geometry and Algebra.
  • Basic notions of Chemistry.
  • Good understanding of basical Classical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism and Optics.
  • Familiarity of experimentation and its techniques; basic electronics.
  • Knowledge of the main theories in Classical and Modern Physics, Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and relative mathematical methods, and elements of Statistical Mechanics.
  • Sufficient mastership of the English language to understand Physics textbooks in English and lectures in English.
  • Computing skills : ability to use existing scientific programs.
  • Ability to understand and solve (or at least know how can be solved) Physics problems.
Degree for registration

Generally, the aforementioned requirements are met by candidates who possess a bachelor degree in Physics, or Italian Laurea Triennale belonging to the so-called class L-30 (DM 270/2004), class 25 (ex DM 509/1999), or have a certified foreign bachelor degree. A good command of spoken and written english is also required.

The assessment of the physics background:

The evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications and Physics background will be done by an Evaluation Committee appointed by the CCS, via an admission interview on the basic knowledge requested and the applicant’s scientific background required for acceptance, in order to determine:

1. Acceptance of the applicants for registration.
2. Structure of courses avoiding repetition of already known subjects and considering the applicant’s own interests.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1300 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1300 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Ferrara

  • 700 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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).

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