Second-cycle Degree Overview

The second-level degree in Physics is organized in two distinct curricula to choose from:
- physics of the fundamental interactions,
- physics of matter,
where the student deepens the knowledge of basic elements of modern physics (nuclear physics and of the fundamental interactions, physics of matter, biophysics and nanoscience), of theoretical physics (quantum and statistical mechanics) and of numerical methods for physics. The program also provides direct experience of standard laboratory techniques and computer calculation techniques and data analysis. The program ends with a semester long original thesis on a topic offered by a researcher of the Department of Physics and Astronomy or of the affiliated research institutions. The second-level graduates in physics will know and understand the most relevant phenomena of the physical world around us, with a specific attention to the various levels in which they show (everyday classical physics, physics of condensed matter, atomic physics, nuclear and subnuclear phsycs).  The main physical theories will be learnt in terms of logical and mathematical structure, of experimental evidence and the resulting modelling of physical phenomena.The graduate in Physics can have jobs opportunities in industries using or investing on innovative technologies in any area, from manufacturing to in service companies,  or requiring understanding and modelling of processes and ability in analysis and testing. They are also eligible to teaching in all high schools. The lessons are held in English.The course has a 2-year duration.


The second-level degree in Physics does not have a maximum number of students. The admission to the course is direct for the candidates with a first-level degree in physics or astronomy. For the other students, a verification of their eligibility is required.  Information about the registration procedure for the admission test, pre-enrollment, enrollment and the corresponding deadlines can be found on the web site of Padua University.

The second-level graduate in Physics can continue his/her formation enrolling the Ph.D. in Physics, Materials Science or Astronomy, or find a job in the industrial or service sectors based on novel technologies. In particular, he/she can work in the areas of quality control, environment, radiation protection, software development, data analysis. He/she can also carry out applied research in industrial or academic laboratories.

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