Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Physics

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8025
Course class LM-17 - Physics
Years in which the programme is being held 1st and 2nd year
Mode of study Convenzionale
Admission typology Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Curricula The degree programme is divided into four curricula: General Theory; Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics; Applied Physics; Materials Physics and Nanoscience
Place of teaching Bologna
Type Course with one or more international curricula
Programme Director Elisa Ercolessi
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian,English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

To benefit from a second-cycle Master's degree programme in PHYSICS one needs an appropriate understanding of mathematics and physics, and especially: basic mathematics and chemistry, mathematics-related disciplines, classical physics, quantum mechanics and elements of microphysics, as well as laboratory activities.
To join the Master's programme one also needs the following curricular requisites:
to have a degree in one of the following classes or possess another qualification gained abroad and recognised as equivalent:
- ex D.M. 270: all Degrees of Class L-30
- ex. D.M. 509/99: Three-year Degree class XXV – Physical Science and Technology.
- Previous four-year system: Degree in Physics, Degree in Astronomy.
Failing possession of the right degree and/or the credits mentioned above, admission to the Master's degree programme is conditional on the student possessing the necessary knowledge as ascertained by a special Committee, after perusing the CV and conducting an interview according to the criteria and a procedure set by the Degree Programme Board and posted on the University Portal.
As well as possessing the set curricular requirements, admission to the Master's degree programme is granted after the assessment of the student's personal knowledge. This may be ascertained from examination of one's CV, followed possibly by an interview, the details and procedures of which will be established by the Degree Programme Board and made known via the University Portal.
The second-cycle degree programme may decide on a special session for international students and appoint a Committee to check the suitability of their background knowledge, if the Call for study grant allocation allows time (its deadline is usually in May).
If international students have been positively evaluated under the foregoing point, they are exempt from the next step foreseen for the majority of students, viz. a test of their personal knowledge.

Programme profile

The programme gives graduates a specific advanced training in physics suitable either for a job on the labour market or further upgrading through postgraduate studies.
The Degree Programme objectives aim at providing:
- a solid scientific grounding in the various areas of contemporary physics from a in all theoretical, experimental and applicative aspects, open to the latest developments of scientific research and technology;
- in-depth acquaintance with the tools of mathematics, computer programming and data analysis;
- command of the scientific method of studying and techniques of problem-solving;
- ability to model complex systems in various fields extending also to not strictly physics problems;
- ability to use and design advanced measurement instruments;
- ability to work without supervision and in roles of responsibility in the field of scientific and technological research and innovation, in a national or international environment.
To this end the Master's programme is organized into different curricula and:
- includes tuition and practice in the advanced branches of theoretical physics, nuclear and sub-nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, applied physics;
- schedules laboratory work designed to give operative familiarity with the latest sophisticated methods of experiment, measurement, data analysis and processing and techniques of numerical and symbolic calculus;
- may include extra-mural activities such as internships in laboratories, research institutes, industry, companies and public administration, as well as study opportunities in collaboration with other Italian universities and abroad, as part of international agreements.

Expected learning outcomes

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In the second year the degree programme provides for a certain number of teaching/learning activities for a total of 75 hours (3 credits) to be completed within the research laboratories of the Physics Department or other institutes that have stipulated agreements with the University of Bologna (INFN, CNR, INGV) and aim to provide skills in using equipment, software, conducting bibliographical research and that will be useful in preparing the thesis.

Professor in charge: Prof.ssa Gabriella Sartorelli

Office for contacts: Physics Academic Office of DIFA,

Extra-curricular activities

A number of seminars are organised on issues related to Physics and visits to laboratories and firms of interest for the degree programme.

International mobility

Exchange are possible through agreements with a number of European Universities as part of the Erasmus/Socrates programme and other conventions. Students may also choose to carry out part of their thesis abroad.

Students are offered a series of opportunities of carrying out exchanges programs due to the various existing agreements with foreign universities. For information about the programs you can contact:

Contact Professor for International Student Mobility: Prof.ssa Silvia Arcelli

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

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Contact details

Director of the Second Cycle Degree Programme
Prof.ssa Elisa Ercolessi

Person in charge of Student Advisory Services
Dott.ssa Daniela Cavalcoli