Physics - a.y. 2018/19

The Second cycle degree in Physics offered by the University of Padova and is intended for students with a keen interest in either the theoretical or experimental aspects of frontline physics and astronomy. It is possible to specialize in the physics of the fundamental interactions, physics of matter or physics of the universe.


Level: Second-cycle degree

Field of study: LM-17 Physics

Degree awarded: Master's degree in Physics

Start date: September 2018

Location: Padova

Available places: European candidates: unlimited; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 10 (2 for candidates joining the Marco Polo Project)

  Course description

The program deepens the knowledge of basic elements of modern physics (atomic and molecular physics, solid state physics, nuclear and particle physics, astrophysics) and of theoretical physics (analytical mechanics, quantum mechanics, mathematical and numerical methods). It is possible to strengthen the knowledge of specific fields like biophysics, nanoscience, physics of matter, nuclear and particle physics, physics of the fundamental interactions, astrophysics. Finally, the program provides direct experience of the laboratory techniques and computer calculation techniques and data analysis.

The graduate in Physics will know and understand the most relevant phenomena of the physical world at different scales, starting from the macroscopic world down to the atomic physics, the physics of condensed matter, nuclear and subnuclear physics up to the physics of the universe. The understanding of the physical world will be based on experimental evidence and a proper use of the theoretical modelling and its mathematical instruments, including numerical techniques.

  Course structure

The second-cycle degree in Physics is divided in three curricula to be chosen by the student: Physics of the fundamental interactions, Physics of matter and Physics of the universe. For further information please check:

  Career opportunities

The graduate in Physics can have jobs opportunities in Italy and abroad in industries involving new technologies regardless of the final products, in service companies aiming to innovation and, more generally, in all activities requiring understanding and modelling of processes and ability in analysis and testing. These include startups and high tech industries, software and consulting companies, research centers and public administration. They can also teach physics and mathematics in schools of different levels.

  Entry requirements

Selection of candidates is based on academic record (congruence of bachelor studies and merit). The evaluation of the CV of the candidates can be followed by a Skype interview.

  Language requirements

B2 level reading and listening


The link to the online application platform as well as step by step guidelines on the online application procedure are included in the Call for Application below (page 2). Please follow the instructions carefully when applying online since links and procedures differ depending on the degree course.

The payment of the application fee (euro 30) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. For detailed payment instructions please read our guide. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for. 

For general information on application procedures, please check How to apply.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2018/19 fees will be available in 2018: amounts will largely stay the same as for A.Y. 2017/18.

For academic year 2017/18: euro 2.597,00.

The above amounts can be significantly waived (minimum fee: 561,00 euro/A.Y.) based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees - Key Documents.

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of euro 182,00 within 30 days to secure their place on the programme.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information:


Programme Coordinator: Prof. Giampaolo Mistura (

Info: Raffaella Cesaro (