MSc in Physics


Descrizione programma

The Department of Mathematics and Physics (DMF) of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” opens a Master of Science (MSc) Program in Physics starting September 2020. Entirely offered in English, the MSc in Physics is strongly connected to the research activities performed at the DMF.

During the 2-year Program, the students will attend 10 modules and perform a master thesis to gain a total of 120 ECTS credits (ECTS standing for European Credit Transfer and accumulation System, which is equivalent to the Italian CFU system). The first two semesters (year 1) are devoted to acquiring a solid knowledge in quantum physics, statistical mechanics, computational physics,  matter physics, nuclear and subnuclear physics. During the third and fourth semesters (year 2), the students focus upon a few specialised training modules, followed by a master thesis work about an original research subject.

Students can choose among five specialisations:

  1. Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics
  2. Atomic and Molecular Physics
  3. Physics of Complex Systems
  4. Environmental Physics
  5. Aerospace Physics

For the aims of the Program, the MSc Teaching Board has established inter-institutional agreements with a few European universities, including the Technical University of Munich (DE), the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (PL) and the University of Lisbon (PT).

Students have the opportunity to spend a period of study (preferably the third semester) at one of the partner universities in Europe. At the end of the Program, the MSc graduate will have a deep and solid knowledge of modern physics, covering both theoretical end experimental aspects. They will be able to gain skills to manage complex experimental setups and become familiar with the latest technologies. Alternatively, they will learn to work with physical models, along with mathematical and numerical tools, to describe physical reality.

For the admission, bachelor degree in physics or related field is required, along with English level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Teaching activity will start on October 12 2020. We are going to schedule activities with the presence of students in our Campus, respecting the spacing and all the constraints of the current legislation about COVID-19. Nevertheless the Department has all the computer tools and facilities to allow students, unable to reach our Campus, to remotely join our classes and  the related activities.

Partner Institutions

The International MSc Program in Physics is aimed to contribute to the creation of a European education area, fully in line with the initiatives of the European Commission. In fact, the enrolled students are encouraged to spend a period of study (preferably in the first semester of the second year) in Europe.

To this end, inter-institutional agreements within the ERASMUS+ Program have been established with:

  • Technische Universität Munchen (TUM) 
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun
  • Universidade de Lisboa

Study periods outside Italy may be extended, if necessary, up to a maximum of 12 months.

Other Institutions contributing to the MSc Program are:

  • INFN, National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Unit of Naples;
  • INO-CNR, National Institute of Optics - National Research Council, Unit of Naples;
  • CIRA, Italian Centre for Aerospace Research, Capua;
  • CMCC, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici. 

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Professional profile

The International MSc Program in Physics delivered entirely in English, is designed to provide students with thorough and flexible training in the field of physical sciences and its technological applications, in an exciting and international research environment. It is also aimed to provide a solid cultural background in the various fields of modern physics, covering both theoretical and experimental aspects. Students may specialize in a particular sub-field, such as Nuclear and particle astrophysics, Atomic and molecular physics,  Physics of complex systems, Environmental physics, and Aerospace physics, thus taking the right road to becoming a leader in their field of interest.

The Physics graduate will have the academic qualification to participate in either fundamental or applied research at the international level. Alternatively, his professional profile allows him to enter into industrial sectors with high technological content, promoting and developing scientific innovation, also taking responsibility for projects and structures.

Skills and competences

  • Use physics instrumentation and technologies;
  • Formalize a practical problem and solve it using a quantitative approach;
  • Develop and promote scientific innovation and perform prototype design;
  • Analyse scientific data using statistical and numerical methods;
  • Apply Physics knowledge for the aims of interdisciplinary studies;
  • Use computers and existing software as well as develop computer codes;
  • Work effectively in a group environment, also of the multicultural type;
  • Lead a project and/or coordinate a working group;
  • Communicate research results to a scientific as well as to a non-expert audience.


Career opportunities

With a Master’s degree in Physics, you are attractive in the labour market, both in the public and private sectors, in fields connected to research, consultancy, engineering, and education. A few examples of job opportunities are reported hereafter.

  • Research centres and laboratories;
  • Astronomical observatories;
  • High-tech companies and industries;
  • Healthcare bodies utilising physics methodologies for diagnostics, therapy and radiation protection;
  • Scientific museums and other centres devoted to scientific outreach and promotion;
  • Companies for the design and development of IT tools;
  • Agencies and companies active in environmental protection and monitoring;
  • Business-oriented companies and banks.

Study plan

Year 1

  • Nuclear and subnuclear physics
  • Physics laboratory
  • Theoretical physics
  • Statistical mechanics
  • Computational methods for physics
  • Matter physics
  • One module among the following options:
    • Optoelectronics
    • Stochastic processes
    • Astrophysics
    • Ecological climatology
    • Aerothermodynamics and thermos-structures for aerospace

Year 2

  • One module among the following options:
    • Nanotechnologies and quantum technologies
    • Modelling of complex systems
    • Particle astrophysics
    • Physics for isotope research
    • Aerospace physics methodologies
  • Elective course
  • Elective course
  • European languages
  • Curricular internship
  • Master thesis and dissertation

Elective courses

  • Statistical learning
  • Data mining and big data
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Biophotonics
  • Optical sensing
  • Advanced experimental techniques for nuclear and particle physics
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Climate change and related impacts
  • Dynamic models for weather prediction and climate
  • Propulsion and plasma physics
  • Space access and earth observation

Admission requirements

If you have completed a Bachelor Program you are eligible to apply for the International Master of Science Program in Physics. Students from all over the world are very welcome! Applications will be considered on an individual basis.

University enrolment in Italy is regulated by ministerial provisions that establish different admission procedures for EU or EU-equivalent students, and non-EU students residing abroad ( 

A first-class (Bachelor) degree in Physics or related fields is required.

Applicants holding a Bachelor’s Degree in any scientific field different from Physics (such as Chemistry, Mathematics, Photonics, Nanosciences, etc.) may be admitted if they have acquired at least 60 credits (ECTS) in Physics disciplines and at least 20 credits (ECTS) in Mathematics.

A minimum English language proficiency is also required, equivalent to the B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Enrolment procedure

Applicants holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics released by European universities are considered to meet the academic requirements. They just need to follow the instructions for the enrollment on the University website (

Other applicants (with a European Bachelor’s degree different from Physics) should deliver the certificate of Bachelor studies released by the competent University reporting the list of the passed exams. For a first assessment, the certificate should be sent by email to If the applicant meets the academic requirements, he will be invited to proceed with the enrolment.

All the applicants should demonstrate the required English language proficiency by means of proper certification. Alternatively, the candidates must undergo an interview with a local committee.

Enrolment procedure for non-European students

We support applicants from non-European countries in the various steps of the enrolment procedure.

At the first stage, we verify the academic requirements for the admission. To this end, students must submit the following documents (by email to

  • Certificate of Bachelor studies released by the competent University reporting the list of the passed exams.
  • Certificate of English level qualification, if available.

Eligible applicants will be summoned for a short video-calling interview (from their home), within one week from their application.  

Then, successful candidates can apply for pre-enrolment at the Italian diplomatic office in their own Country (Embassy, Consulate, Italian Institute of Culture) as indicated in the Ministerial regulations ( 

The pre-enrolment allows one to start the procedure for the aims of the student VISA (

To complete the enrolment, the applicants should follow the instructions on the University website ( They can also exploit our services for foreign students, available at the following address:

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