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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.