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Physics aspires to understand nature, its structure, and its laws.To be a physicist is to walk the road between ideas and things, between the finest theories and strenuous work in the laboratory. But physics knowledge also underpins technological innovation in all fields: environment, nanotechnology, energy, new materials, medicine, aerospace and more.

The master's degree in Physics offers very high quality courses, partly due to the active participation of all faculty in research activities.
In 2017, the Ministry of Education, University and Research ranked the Department of Physics in Genoa as a Department of Excellence. DIFI was ranked seventh in Italy in the area of physical sciences. At DIFI you will therefore find a stimulating environment, an international dimension, and research groups working at the frontiers of international research.
The our leading areas are particle and astroparticle physics, physics of matter and nanotechnology, biophysics, nanomedicine, and environmental physics.

What will you study

You will study and explore the fundamental theories of classical and modern physics.

The Course is divided into theoretical and experimental curriculum:

It includes the study of statistical physics, field theory, general relativity, fundamentals of astrophysics and cosmology.

allows you to specialize in the study of properties such as superconductivity, optical properties of materials and nanomaterials, and their surface properties. 

verts to the study of nuclear forces, elementary particles and astroparticles.

includes the study of environmental physics, biophysics, medical physics, space physics, and includes an internship in the company.

Whichever you choose, we will provide you with a set of technical knowledge, e.g., programming or electronics, which are fundamental tools for scientific research and at the same time are valuable skills for developing a career in industry.

After graduation

The master's degree in physics is a guarantee of a quick entry into the world of work, whether you want to take the path of scientific research or turn to the industrial sector.

The Physics graduate

Who is he


The physics graduate has broad technical and scientific skills. In addition to his or her specialization, theoretical or experimental, in one of the branches of Physics, he or she is familiar with computer and electronic tools and with the management of complex experimental apparatus. He can work with great autonomy and is able to take responsibility for projects, both in the field of scientific research and in the field of scientific and technological innovation in the industrial context.

What does he/she do?

The physics graduate is able to understand the physical mechanisms underlying a phenomenon and develop mathematical models useful for its interpretation and prediction. The physicist knows how to design complex experiments. He knows how to acquire, handle and analyze large amounts of data. He/she is also able to develop and use numerical computing codes for data processing, simulation of physical processes, and control of experimental apparatus.

Where does he/she work?

  • In the research and development sectors of the most technologically advanced industries, with special emphasis on the fields of electronics, optics, space, energy, and new materials
  • at universities and public and private research institutions
  • at public and private institutions involved in the transfer to the economic and productive system of knowledge and technological know-how developed in basic research
  • in hospitals and institutions in charge of safeguarding public health, where it deals with radiation protection, diagnostics and medical therapy
  • in public and private agencies engaged in environmental monitoring, understood as the acquisition and processing of environmental data
  • at companies active in telecommunications and information services
  • in fields other than science where the implementation and use of models of complex realities are required: banks, financial companies, consulting firms
  • in schools of all grades, as a teacher
  • in the areas of science popularization and communication