Physics

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-17 - Physics
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Language
Italian
The aim given to the Master's course in Physics is to enable the graduate student to either continue with further studies or to take part in research or professional activity with the necessary competence, having learnt the use of scientific methods and experimental basis, theoretical and mathematical, on which physics is based.
The Master's degree course will enable the student to deepen acquired knowledge in classic physics, relativity and quantum physics as regards to phenomenological aspects, theoretical aspects and their mathematical formulas.
Having acquired adequate mathematical and computer instruments, the student will be able to carry out tests in formulations in the use of mathematical models and in the use of calculus techniques for problem solving in physics.
The Master's Degree course is open to further development and in-depth study in post-graduate courses. It foresees different majors which permit the graduate student to enter basic research and/or applied research and in work-related areas which require experimental-applicative competences, the knowledge of innovative methods, the use of complex equipment.
Among the line of study that graduate students will undertake, are the following:
-scientific research in Italian and foreign universities;
-scientific research in public and private institutions, Italian and foreign;
-scientific research in industries;
- professional and project work in fields related to physics, industry, the environment, health, art and in public administration;
-the high-level diffusion of scientific education with particular reference to theoretical aspects, experimental and applicative aspects to classic and modern physics;
-promotion and development of scientific innovation and technology.
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Graduates in Physical Science and Technology (class L-30 and corresponding class pursuant to Ministerial Decree 509/99) can access the Master's degree programme in Physics. 
Those who have a degree in another class can also access the programme provided they have earned 
- 24 CFU in the following academic fields: FIS/01-08, of which at least 12 in FIS/02 and at least 6 in total in FIS/03, FIS/04, FIS/05;
- 20 CFU in MAT/01-09
 Those who have obtained an equivalent qualification abroad can also access the programme, provided that they prove to meet the skills requirements.

Candidates must also have a knowledge of English at or above B1 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 
This requirement is assessed by the SLAM - University Language Centre during admission procedures based on: 
- a language certificate obtained no more than 3 years earlier, at B1 level or higher. For the list of language certifications recognized by the University see: 
  https://www.unimi.it/it/node/297/  
The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
- the English proficiency achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme through the SLAM. The certificates must be less than four years old, and will be checked by our offices without the applicant having to submit any attachments;
- the English proficiency achieved during a Bachelor's degree programme of our University, as certified by a computer-based test. The certificates must be less than four years old, and will be checked by our offices without the applicant having to submit any attachments;
- the admission test delivered by the SLAM, which will take place on 22 September 2020 at 9.30 am for graduate students, and on 11 January 2021 at 9.30 am for students who have not graduated as of September. The test will be held at the SLAM centre, Via S. Sofia 9/11, Milan. 
All those who do not submit a valid certificate or do not prove to meet the required proficiency will be invited to take the test through the admission procedure.
If you do not pass the test, you will not be admitted to the Master's degree programme and cannot access further tests. In order to be admitted the programme, you will have to produce an adequate language certification within the enrolment deadline.

For further details, see the section: "Enrolment information and procedures".

The thesis work is often carried out in prestigious research centers like CERN or GSI, or important Universities worldwide, in the frame of international collaborations and research programs.

Mandatory for laboratory courses, recommended for other teaching activities.

Courses list

Optional programme year

Compulsory activity
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Classical electrodynamics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Undefined
Informatics ability 3 0 Italian Undefined
Final exam 36 0 Italian Undefined
- Courses of type "CARATTERIZZANTI" (42 credits)
The student must complete 42 credits of this type by choosing a minimum of 6 credits in each of the groups below. The Classical Electrodynamics course (6 credits) belongs to the "Experimental Application" group and therefore covers the minimum request for this group.
"Experimental Application"
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Data structures and algorithms of physics of data 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01 FIS/07
Electronics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01
Environmental physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/07
Health physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/07
Optical analysis for cultural heritages 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/07
Accelerator physics 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/01
Applied superconductivity 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/01
Electronics 2 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/01
Radiobiology 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/07
- Theory and Fundamentals of Physics
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Many body theory 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Many body theory 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Mathematical methods in physics: geometry and group theory 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Mathematical methods in physics: geometry and group theory 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Quantum field theory 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Statistical mechanics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Quantum field theory 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Statistical physics of complex sistems 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Statistical quantum field theory 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Theory of fundamental interactions 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
- Microphysics and Structure of Matter Field
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Accelerator physics laboratory 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/04
Astroparticle physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/04
Coherence and control of quantum system 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Electroweak interactions 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/04
Interaction and detection of nuclear radiation 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/04
Machine learning 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03 FIS/04
Magnetic properties and fine analysis of low dimensional matter 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Optics laboratory and application 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/03
Particle physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/04
Physics of solids 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Physics protein 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Probability and statistics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03 FIS/04
Quantum optics laboratory 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/03
Quantum theory of matter 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Semiconductor physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Surface physics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Advanced statistical physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Laser physics laboratory 1 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Nuclear electronics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Nuclear physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Nuclear spectroscopy laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Optics 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Particle detectors 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Physics of electronic devices 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Physics of solids 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Plasma physics and controlled fusion 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Plasma physics laboratory 1 6 57 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Quantum optics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Radioactivity 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
- Astrophysics, Geophysics and Space Science Field
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Astronomy 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Cosmic physics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Earth physics 6 42 Italian First semester GEO/12
Introduction to continuum physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/06
Nuclear relativistic astrophysics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Radio astronomy 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Astronomy 2 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Atmospheric physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/06
Cosmology 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Laboratory of data modelling 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/05 FIS/06
Theoretical astrophysics 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
- The student must also complete 18 credits by choosing from the following courses of type "AFFINI E INTEGRATIVI"
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Algebraic topology 6 42 Italian First semester MAT/03
Atomic physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Biophysics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03 FIS/07
Computational biophysics 6 42 Italian First semester BIO/10 FIS/03 INF/01
Cosmology 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Differential geometry 6 42 Italian First semester MAT/03
Digital electronics 6 42 Italian First semester ING-INF/01
Geophysical and environmental modeling 6 42 Italian First semester GEO/12
History of physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/08
Imaging techniques for biomedical applications 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01 FIS/07
Instrumentation applied to medicine 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/07
Methods of data analysis 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01
Nuclear relativistic astrophysics 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Particle physics laboratory 1 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/01
Perturbation theory of hamiltonian systems 6 42 Italian First semester MAT/07
Physics laboratory of climatology and atmospheric physics 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/06 FIS/07
Preparation of didactical experiences 1 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/08
Quantum computing 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Quantum information theory 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Statistical quantum field theory 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Theoretical astrophysics 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Theory of fundamental interactions 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Theory of quantum open systems 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Thin film and nanostructures characterization 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/03
Classical mechanics 2 6 42 Italian Second semester MAT/07
Computational physics laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Condensed matter physics laboratory 2 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Dosimetry 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Dynamical systems 1 6 42 Italian Second semester MAT/07
Earth physics laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester GEO/12
Environmental physics laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Foundations of physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Geometry 2 6 52 Italian Second semester MAT/03
Gravity and superstrings 2 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Health physics laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Introduction to astrophysics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Introduction to general relativity 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Introduction to health and medical physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Laboratory of space instrumentation (1) 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Liquid-state and soft-matter physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Mathematical analysis 4 6 47 Italian Second semester MAT/05
Nuclear weapons, disarmament and nuclear proliferation 6 42 Italian Second semester CHIM/03 FIS/04
Numerical simulation laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/02 FIS/03
Numerical tecniques for photorealistic image generation 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05 FIS/06
Particle detectors laboratory instrumentation 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/01
Phenomenology of the standard model of particle physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Physical applications of group theory 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Physics of medical imaging 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Preparation of didactical experiences 2 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/08
Radio astronomy 2 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Stocastic processes 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03 FIS/04
- The student must also complete another 12 credits freely choosing from all the courses activated by the University, provided that they are culturally coherent with his/her educational path and cannot be superimposed, in content, to the fundamental and optional teachings already used in the Study Plan. All the teachings shown in this "Manifesto" that meet these criteria may be included in the selection.
- The student must also complete another 6 credits related to training and orientation internships possibly in the context of the thesis work. In this case the tutor teacher for the activity may be the thesis supervisor.
Optional programme year

Compulsory activity
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Classical electrodynamics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Undefined
Informatics ability 3 0 Italian Undefined
Final exam 36 0 Italian Undefined
- Courses of type "CARATTERIZZANTI" (48 credits)
The student must complete 48 credits of this type by choosing 12 credits in each of the groups below. The Classical Electrodynamics course belongs to the "Experimental Application" group and therefore covers 6 credits for this group.
Experimental Application
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Electronics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01
Environmental physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/07
Health physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/07
Optical analysis for cultural heritages 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/07
Accelerator physics 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/01
Applied superconductivity 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/01
Electronics 2 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/01
Radiobiology 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/07
- Theory and Fundamentals of Physics
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
History of physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/08
Preparation of didactical experiences 1 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/08
Preparation of didactical experiences 2 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/08
- Microphysics and Structure of Matter
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Accelerator physics laboratory 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/04
Astroparticle physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/04
Coherence and control of quantum system 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Electroweak interactions 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/04
Interaction and detection of nuclear radiation 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/04
Magnetic properties and fine analysis of low dimensional matter 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Optics laboratory and application 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/03
Particle physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/04
Physics of solids 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Physics protein 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Quantum optics laboratory 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/03
Quantum theory of matter 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Semiconductor physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Surface physics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Advanced statistical physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Laser physics laboratory 1 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Nuclear electronics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Nuclear physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Nuclear spectroscopy laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Optics 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Particle detectors 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Physics of electronic devices 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Physics of solids 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Plasma physics and controlled fusion 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Plasma physics laboratory 1 6 57 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Quantum optics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Radioactivity 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
- Astrophysics, Geophysics and Space Science
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Astronomy 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Cosmic physics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Earth physics 6 42 Italian First semester GEO/12
Introduction to continuum physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/06
Nuclear relativistic astrophysics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Radio astronomy 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Astronomy 2 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Atmospheric physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/06
Cosmology 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Theoretical astrophysics 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
- The student must also complete 12 credits by choosing from the following courses of type "AFFINI E INTEGRATIVI".
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Algebraic topology 6 42 Italian First semester MAT/03
Atomic physics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Biophysics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03 FIS/07
Computational biophysics 6 42 Italian First semester BIO/10 FIS/03 INF/01
Cosmology 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Data structures and algorithms of physics of data 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01 FIS/07
Differential geometry 6 42 Italian First semester MAT/03
Digital electronics 6 42 Italian First semester ING-INF/01
Geophysical and environmental modeling 6 42 Italian First semester GEO/12
Imaging techniques for biomedical applications 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01 FIS/07
Instrumentation applied to medicine 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/07
Machine learning 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03 FIS/04
Many body theory 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Many body theory 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Mathematical methods in physics: geometry and group theory 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Mathematical methods in physics: geometry and group theory 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Methods of data analysis 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/01
Nuclear relativistic astrophysics 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Particle physics laboratory 1 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/01
Perturbation theory of hamiltonian systems 6 42 Italian First semester MAT/07
Physics laboratory of climatology and atmospheric physics 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/06 FIS/07
Probability and statistics 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03 FIS/04
Quantum computing 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Quantum field theory 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Quantum information theory 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/03
Statistical mechanics 1 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Statistical quantum field theory 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Theoretical astrophysics 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/05
Theory of fundamental interactions 2 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Theory of quantum open systems 6 42 Italian First semester FIS/02
Thin film and nanostructures characterization 6 62 Italian First semester FIS/03
Classical mechanics 2 6 42 Italian Second semester MAT/07
Computational physics laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Condensed matter physics laboratory 2 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Dosimetry 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Dynamical systems 1 6 42 Italian Second semester MAT/07
Earth physics laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester GEO/12
Environmental physics laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Foundations of physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Geometry 2 6 52 Italian Second semester MAT/03
Gravity and superstrings 2 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Health physics laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Introduction to astrophysics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Introduction to general relativity 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Introduction to health and medical physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Laboratory of data modelling 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/05 FIS/06
Laboratory of space instrumentation (1) 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Liquid-state and soft-matter physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03
Mathematical analysis 4 6 47 Italian Second semester MAT/05
Nuclear weapons, disarmament and nuclear proliferation 6 42 Italian Second semester CHIM/03 FIS/04
Numerical simulation laboratory 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/02 FIS/03
Numerical tecniques for photorealistic image generation 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05 FIS/06
Particle detectors laboratory instrumentation 6 62 Italian Second semester FIS/01
Phenomenology of the standard model of particle physics 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/04
Physical applications of group theory 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Physics of medical imaging 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/07
Quantum field theory 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Radio astronomy 2 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/05
Statistical physics of complex sistems 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Statistical quantum field theory 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
Stocastic processes 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/03 FIS/04
Theory of fundamental interactions 1 6 42 Italian Second semester FIS/02
- The student must also complete another 18 credits freely choosing from all the courses activated by the University, provided that they are culturally coherent with his/her educational path and cannot be superimposed, in content, to the fundamental and optional teachings already used in the Study Plan. The insertion of courses in the anthropo-psycho-pedagogical area is strongly recommended as required, based on current legislation, for access to public competitions for teaching.
Course locations
Sede della Segreteria Didattica: Dipartimento di Fisica, Via Celoria 16
Sede dei Corsi: i corsi si tengono presso aule e laboratori del Dipartimento di Fisica, via Celoria 16 o presso aule del Settore Didattico , Via Celoria 20
Laboratory locations
Il Corso di Laurea si avvale principalmente dei laboratori presenti presso il Dipartimento di Fisica, nella sede di Via Celoria e nella sede del LASA (Segrate).

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