PHYSICS Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in PHYSICS
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. RICCARDO MANNELLA
Department of FISICA
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Riccardo Mannella
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The Degree Programme in Physics has the objective of preparing student with a solid background in classical and modern physics, along with an overall expertise in mathematics, chemistry and computing. The aim is to have graduates able to understand and employ the scientific methodology, and to enter the work environment.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the First Cycle Degree Programme in Physics are expected to:
- acquire some proficiency with the mathematical and physical methodologies to model and analyze systems
- be able to operate modern laboratory instrumentation, with some knowledge of the most important acquisition techniques, including data handling and analysis
- have some basic knowledge of computing tools and computing languages
- some ability in organizing scientific research and innovation technology
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Most of the graduates carry on their studies onto the second level degree in Physics. The first level graduates who opt to leave their study find occupation in the field of electronics, information technology, biomedicine, manufacturing activities, banking (risk assessment), cultural heritage and environmental protection.
The degree prepares students for the profession of:
- Physicist and astronomer;
- Researcher in physical sciences;
- Technician in quantitative sciences, particularly physics and chemistry;
- Technician with expertise in optical, electronics and similar experimental apparatuses.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in PHYSICS normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The final exam, to which 3 ECTS credits are allocated, consists of a short presentation, in the form of a lecture, of one of the topics analyzed in the courses followed by the candidate.
No written text is required.