Curriculum Theoretical and Computational Physics
The curriculum
Theoretical physics provides the underlying mathematical description of the physical entities and phenomena of the universe, from the fundamental interactions of elementary particles to cosmology, seeking for a unified quantum theory of gravity, to the context of condensedmatter physics, where the solution of the fundamental equations of quantum mechanics explains and predicts the most intriguing properties of materials or establishes the working principles of quantum computers.
Computational physics, with more and more sophisticated simulations powered by highperformance computing infrastructures and data analytics, is now emerging as a methodological area of physics on its own, pairing to the traditional theoretical and experimental approaches to investigate materials and devices from their atomic constituents.
Theoretical and computational physics team up to perform more and more accurate simulations of matter and its interaction with several types of radiation, to design artificial materials for groundbreaking technologies, for example for the clean energy revolution or revolutionary quantum technologies.
This curriculum offers an indepth preparation in both theoretical and computational methods of physics, which allow you to undertake a doctoral program as well as to enter the job market, well equipped with mathematical and computational skills, combined with a deep knowledge of the fundamental physical effects which underlie most contemporary technologies. You can choose from a vast list of elective courses to design your personal study plan and specialize in a specific area. You can also choose two courses from another curriculum to complete your professional preparation, with no restriction. Here are some suggested study plans for this curriculum
 Theoretical physics of fundamental interactions
 Theoreticalcomputational physics of condensed matter
Counselling and contacts
Do you need further information or advices to design your study plan within this curriculum? Contact the curriculum coordinator Prof. Olindo Corradini or the M.Sc. coordinator Prof. Guido Goldoni
Full list of courses
First year
Mandatory courses 
ECTS 
Type 
Term 
Advanced quantum mechanics 
6 
B 
I 
Quantum field theory 
6 
B 
I 
Statistical mechanics and phase transitions 
6 
B 
II 
Quantum physics of matter 
6 
B 
I 
Elective courses (18 ECTS) 
ECTS 
Type 
Term 
Physics of semiconductors 
6 
B 
II 
Laboratory of quantum simulation of materials 
6 
B 
III 
Nanoscience & Quantum materials 
6 
B 
II 
Quantum manybody theory 
6 
B 
II 
Elementary particles 
6 
B 
I 
Elective courses (18 ECTS) 
ECTS 
Type 
Term 
Advanced quantum field theory 
6 
C 
II 
Relativity 
6 
C 
II 
Quantum information processing 
6 
C 
I 
Atomistic simulation methods 
6 
C 
I 
Chemical physics of biomolecules 
6 
C 
I 
Physics education: theor. and exp. methods 
6 
C 
II 
HighPerformanceComputing 
6 
C 
II 
Machine learning and deep learning 
6 
C 
I 
Complex systems 
6 
C 
II 
Second year
Elective courses (6 ECTS) 
ECTS 
Type 
Term 
Laboratory of condensed matter physics 
6 
B 
III 
Synchrotron radiation: basics and applications 
6 
B 
I 
Freechoice courses (12 ECTS) 



Professional preparation (6 ECTS) 
ECTS 
Type 
Term 
Good practices in research 
3 
F 
I 
Research integrity in sciences 
3 
F 
I 
Sciencebased innovation 
6 
F 
(*) 
Highperformancecomputing in sciences 
3 
F 
(**) 
Thesis project and dissertation (36 ECTS) 







(*) Attendance of CBI/SUGAR Unimore projects (see https://clab.unimore.it/)
(**) Attendance of CINECA HPC courses (see https://eventi.cineca.it/en/hpc/catalogue)
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