Academic year 2020/2021

FISICA Degree Programme Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Bachelor Degree in FISICA

Qualification Type/Level

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 pace. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of the Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:

Department of FISICA

Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Simone Donati

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or an 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.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Degree Programme in Physics aims to prepare students 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 who are 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 analyse 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.
- Have 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 programme 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 following professions:
- 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 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, commentary 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 based on the performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. The 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 the examination and final grades among students for each degree programme, in order to facilitate the comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on the occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated based 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 into 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 students choose which of the appelli they wish 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 analysed in the courses followed by the candidate.
No written text is required.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2020/2021