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Why to take Physical Engineering?

An expert combining an engineer’s and a physicist’s abilities is increasingly looked after by industries and/or development centers with the mission of exploiting and upgrading technological products. A physical engineer is able to efficiently deal with the most advanced issues of pure and applied physics (e.g., quantum physics, optics and photonics, solid-state physics, nuclear physics, physics and technology of nanostructures, physics of complex systems).  This specialist takes actively part in the development of new technological products characterized by a reduced time lag between scientific discovery and ensuing application, as well as by an ever increasing level of innovation.
The BSc course on Physical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino offers the opportunity of dealing with some of the most interesting and challenging issues of modern physics and technology.
This course is primarily  addressed to young students who like physics for the  beauty and depth of its laws, its unifying language, the variety of physical effects – and who are at the same time willing to directly apply their expertise to specific realizations (such as devices, experimental techniques, methods of theoretical analysis) aimed to improving the quality of life of our society. 


Characterizing aspects of the B.Sc. course
  • Equilibrium and synergy between in-depth knowledge - aimed to approach advanced physical problems -and basic concepts of modern information engineering;
  • A solid mathematical and physical background;
  • A set of 2nd-3rd year courses allowing the students to get in touch with some of the most interesting issues of today’s physics;
  • Working/research stages in selected industries or research centers; 
  • Three different MSc programs at the Politecnico di Torino as natural follow-ups.
Topics and learning modules
A student will learn:
  • the method of mathematics and other fundamental sciences as applied to engineering issues. Relevant learning modules are at the first year and the first half of the second year;
  • basics of information engineering (electrical engineering, electronics, electromagnetic fields, measurements). Relevant learning modules are  at the second and third year;
  • elementary knowledge of advanced and applied physics (quantum mechanics, statistical physics, physics of complex systems, solid-state physics, nuclear physics) along with information about some of their applications to innovative materials and nano-scale systems. Relevant learning modules are mostly at the third year and make use of the scientific tools provided by the courses on fundamental science and engineering.
The 1st year’s learning modules are shared with all other students enrolled in the Politecnico; modules on engineering topics are shared with other ICT students; all modules focusing on advanced/applied physics are addressed to Physical Engineering students alone.
 
Students can follow all learning modules either in Italian or in English (courses given in English are limited to the first two years) taking advantage of the multi-ethnical environment  existing in the Politecnico di Torino.


Follow-ups: MSc Courses @ PoliTo
Physical Engineering offers the graduate students the opportunity of following the preferred MSc course out of different learning programs offered by the Politecnico di Torino, In particular, students interested in nanotechnology and nanophysics may find it suitable to follow the Msc course on  Nanotechnologies for the ICTs, characterized in turn by two learning profiles (one predominantly given in Turin and the other being a fully international* program); students interested in a physicist’s approach of complex phenomena may find it suitable to follow the international MSc course in  Physics of complex systems*.
These MSc courses are strongly oriented towards student internationalization and are given in English. Students coming from Physical Engineering can enroll in any of the above-mentioned programs with no cultural gaps nor any need of further perfecting the knowledge they have gained.
After graduation physical engineers can find a job in advanced-technology industries, research centers and/or medical centers where they can suitably exploit their know-how in technological and applicative roles.
* limited access, submitted to selection based on student’s merit
The Bsc+MSc learning program structure is summarized in the following Table:
BSc/MSc course
Level
Duration
Where
Languages
Statistics
Links
Physical Engineering  
BSc
3 years
Turin
Italian/English
 (1st and 2nd year)
Nanotechnologies for the ICTs
(2 profiles)
MSc
2 years
Turin 
or
 Turin-Grenoble-Lausanne
English
Physics of Complex Systems
Msc
2 years
Turin-Paris-Trieste
English

Bachelor Degrees

Degree
Level
Duration
Location
Language
Statistics
Bachelor
3 years
Torino
English
Not available yet -- see related degree below
Bachelor
 3 years
Torino
Italian with some courses taught in English
Bachelor
 3 years
Torino
Italian with some courses taught in English

Master Degree

Degree
Level
Duration
Location
Language
Statistics
Master
2 years
Torino
Italian/English/Mixed
Master
2 years
Torino
English
Not available yet -- former Communication Eng. or Computer Network Eng.
Master
2 years
Torino
English
Not available yet
Master
2 years
Torino
English
Any information on the course catalog 15/16 enclosed in this page should be considered as provisional, until formal approval from the Italian Ministry of Education. Official study plans are expected by June/July 2015.