Physics of data - a.y. 2020/21

The Master’s degree provides new theoretical and computational tools to tackle the explosion of datasets within the physicist mindset. It combines advanced knowledge in the field of Physics with a high-level training in Data Science. The programme thus trains the new generation of data physicists, equipped with tools that will allow them to face the challenges that the digital revolution has brought in our society.


Level: Master

Field of study: Physics

Degree awarded: Master of Science in Physics of Data

Start date: October 2020

Location: Padova

  Programme structure

1st Year: Laboratory of Computational Physics; Management and Analysis of Physics Datasets; Theoretical Physics; Machine Learning; Statistical Mechanics of Complex Systems; Advanced Statistics for Physics Analysis; Optional courses on advanced topics in modern Physics
2nd Year: Quantum Computing; optional courses on advanced topics in modern Physics and Engineering; Internship in a research centre on in a private company

  Career opportunities

Graduates master tools for collecting, managing and analysing big data, and to translate their work into highly valuable information. Graduates work as professionals in research centres, internet companies, consulting companies, startups and high tech industries and public administrations.

  Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with proven skills in Physics and Mathematics
  • Minimum GPA equivalent to Italian 90/110

  Language requirements

English language: B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent


If you have an international entry qualification, please submit your application on according to the following timeline:

  • First Call for Applications - a.y. 2020/21: 7th January-7th March 2020
  • Second Call for Applications - a.y. 2020/21: 7th April-7th June 2020 (NON-EU applicants residing outside Italy)/7th July 2020 (EU applicants or equivalent)

If you have an Italian entry qualification, please submit your application on according to the instructions provided in the Call for applications which will be published in late Spring on the University’s website (Italian version)

Application fee

The payment of the application fee (€30,00) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each course you are applying for.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2020/21 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less the same of 2019/20. Please check:

The total amount (€2600,00 for a.y. 2019/20) can be significantly waived 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.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

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

For detailed information:


Programme Coordinator: Marco Zanetti