Master Degree


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Second semester

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge and understanding:
- to know and understand the most relevant phenomena and laws of physics on the basis of the topic dealt with in the dissertation
- to know and understand the experimental method (measurement theory and treatment of errors, elements of statistics, physical instrumentation) above all for theses with prevalent experimental character
- to know and understand the formalism applied above all for a theory with a prevalent theoretical character
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- evaluate similarities and differences between physical systems, experimental data, methodologies to be applied, approximations and mathematical methods to be used
- know how to use numerical codes or data processing programs, or scientific equipment management
- perform Physics experiments with a reasonable degree of autonomy (thesis prevalently experimental)
- statistically elaborate and analyze the results of measurements or simulations
- use the results obtained in the course of one's work to derive representations in terms of the models of the physical system under examination, recognizing the essential aspects
- autonomously apply the mathematical formalism appropriate to the topic under consideration (thesis with prevalent theoretical character)
Autonomy of judgment
- critically analyze the methods of achievement, analysis and interpretation of the results obtained
- critically analyze theoretical models and approximations to be used for the description of the phenomena studied in the final dissertation
- identify the most appropriate strategy to solve a problem
- evaluate with flexibility how to apply new tools and solutions already known to problems
- consciously introduce simple elements of innovation in known modeling
- critically use the scientific literature to evaluate which models, methodologies and results to use to address the problem under consideration
Communication skills
- use the scientific language of Physics appropriately
- clearly present, in a synthetic and analytical way, the results and knowledge obtained during the activity related to the final elaborate and the knowledge learned from the scientific literature
-use the most appropriate tools to communicate effectively and incisively the knowledge learned and the results of the activity carried out for the final test
Learning ability
- possess personal skills in logical reasoning and in the critical approach to the issues addressed in the final paper
- be able to gather information independently through research into the scientific literature, mainly in English
 - knowing how to acquire new knowledge in an autonomous way so as to be able to face further study paths or a professional activity


To take the final exam, the student must have taken all the exams included in the study plan. The prerequisites therefore include all the knowledge, skills and abilities envisaged in the course syllabus.

Course contents summary

The content of the final dissertation consists in the deepening of a subject of Physics not included among those dealt with in the courses of the course of study and hopefully inserted into one of the research themes of the Department. It is an individual work, but not necessarily original, based on a topic agreed upon with the tutoring teacher appointed by the Didactic Commission.

Recommended readings

Material provided by the tutor, which mainly includes scientific articles published in international journals, reviews (reviews), but may also include texts, Master's thesis and PhD.

Teaching methods

The tutor appointed by the Didactic Commission proposes a topic and assists the student in carrying out the work and preparing the final project to be held in front of the Graduation Commission.
A commission of teachers, nominated according to the rules indicated in the Didactic Regulations (Article 13 and Annex 4), assists in presenting the final dissertation through slides. Discuss with the candidate the physical principles underlying the work, the context, the results and the conclusions presented during the oral presentation of the same.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam (4 CFU) consists in the preparation and discussion of a seminar concerning the final dissertation before the Degree Commission. The procedures for conducting the final examination and the corresponding assessment methods are described in detail in the relative Academic Regulations of the Physics Degree Course (Article 13 and Annex 4, files / regolam_didattico_triennale_12_06_18_bis_con-allegato.pdf)

Other informations

On the web page of the Degree Course under the heading LAUREARSI you can access a menu that allows you to find all the information regarding the final exam: the bureaucratic information for the graduates, including dates of the graduation sessions, deadlines and procedures for the presentation of the application for the degree, regulation of the final exam, proposals for final papers and the archive of the papers discussed since 2011, post-graduate orientation.