Academic Year 2018/19





School of Industrial and Information Engineering



Degree Programme of:


Physics Engineering
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)


Milano Leonardo Campus

1. General Information

School School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Code Reference Law366
NamePhysics Engineering
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degree ()L-8 - Information Technology
L-9 - Industrial Engineering
Degree level Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 3
Years of the programme already activated 1,2,3
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Milano
Dean of the School Capone Antonio
Coordinator of the Study programme Mauro Nisoli
Website of the School http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
http://www.fisi.polimi.it/en/teaching/teaching_offer
() The student belongs to one or the other Degree class depending on the education chose.

Central Student Office - Milano
Address VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI)

2. General presentation of the study programme

The Programme in Physics Engineering, founded in 2001, has the objective of preparing graduates with a solid engineering culture and a sound expertise in applied physics. In today's increasingly global market, the translation of scientific knowledge into new technology and the indroduction of radical innovation into the productive system are compulsory steps for many businesses. To answer this requirement the figure of an engineer with a broad cultural and scientific knowledge is required. In particular, for many advanced sectors in industry and research, a deep knowledge of solid-state and modern physics, optics, lasers, physical technology and instrumentation are required. This Programme, has been designed to prepare the student for a professional role of "innovation scientist" able to manage and design products and processes with high technological and innovation content in a wide range of industrial sectors. The presence of various experimental laboratory modules within different courses assures that students are challenged with realistic problems throughout their studies. The Programme is structured to offer a Bachelor qualification after three years and a Master qualification after a subsequent two years.


3. Learning objectives

Acquire detailed knowledge in the scientific and technological fields, together with a solid background in engineering subjects. The scope of the program is to a produce a graduate capable of transferring the innovation in science and technology into industrial applications in the fields of material science and photonics.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The three year Bachelor of Science programme in Physics Engineering is an interclass programme which, with the objective of providing access to the Professional Exam (Esame di Stato), complies with the Ministerial requisites both for the Information Engineering (L-8) and Industrial Engineering (L-9) Classes. The programme, when following the suggested study plan, provides a detailed analysis of topics concerning applications of physical sciences to the Information sector, with particular reference to radiation-matter interaction, photonics, and solid-state physics. The student must choose the specialisation Class by the beginning of the third year.

The overall programme foresees a valid basic training in subjects such as physics, mathematics, chemistry and information technology together with engineering training in electronics, mechanics, automation and electrical engineering. Irrespective of the Class chosen, the Programme can terminate either with an internship within a company for an immediate employment opportunity or a laboratory experience for continuation towards a Master of Science degree.

Below is reported the general structure of the Programme within the 270/04 educational system. Please refer to the specific teaching regulations for the detailed structure of the Master of Science.


4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Laurea Magistrale" (2nd degree), "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level University Master)


The Bachelor of Science qualification in Physics Engineering gives access to the Master of Science (Master of Science, educational system 270/04), according to the limitations established by law and by the regulations approved by each individual University. The most natural opportunity is the continuation of studies in the Master of Science in Engineering Physics, activated since AY 2009/2010 at the Politecnico di Milano by the School of Industrial and Information Engeneering School on the Milano Leonardo Campus.

For students interested in the Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, a specific study plan is provided.


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

The Physics Engineering graduate is an expert with a wide basic knowledge and a formation in relevant fields of innovation technology such as physics of matter, photonics and optical and physical technologies. The formation is completed by a preparation in the main engineering disciplines. The degree allows one to act as an innovation expert, capable of managing products and processes with a high technological and innovative content in several industrial fields, and in particular in ICT.


The teaching regulations for the Bachelor of Science Programme (system 270/04) are compliant with the guidelines issued by the ministry of education both for the class L-8 (Information Engineering) and class L-9 (Industrial Engineering).

According to the law, however, the Degree issued by Politecnico di MIlano refers to only one of the abovementioned two Classes. The Class must be chosen at the beginning of the third year and the Physics Engineer degree will be awarded according to this choice.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Physics Engineering can, if they are interested, take the Professional Exam, a state-run professional qualification examination, enabling them to enrol under Section B (Junior Engineers) of the Engineers’ professional register, only in the sector (respectively “Information Engineering” or “Industrial Engineering”) corresponding to their degree classification.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Career prospects in the Physics Engineering field are extremely wide and varied. In particular, the graduate can approach all those sectors in which advanced technological systems are developed, such as lasers and their applications, photonics, vacuum applications, materials technology and biomedical applications of physics and photonics. A Physics Engineer can therefore find a job in:

  • large Italian companies in material engineering and optical technologies fields
  • small and medium-sized companies that use innovative technologies and systems
  • public and private research centres
  • branches of foreign companies operating in the physics, optical and diagnostics technology market
  • European job market (where the significance of technological-innovation elements is more marked).

 

The Politecnico di Milano Career Service (http://www.careerservice.polimi.it) indicates job opportunities and organizes company presentations for Bachelor and Master of Science undergraduates and graduates.


Surveys of University Assessment Commission
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4141

5.3 Qualification profile

Engineering Physicist


profile in a professional context:
Professional profile that can be seen as an "innovation engineer" able to manage and design products and processes with high technological and innovative contents, in different industrial fields.
S/he has an in-depth knowledge in science and technology, with a strong preparation in basic engineering subjects, which allow the transfer of skills in physical and photonic technologies towards innovation, research and development.

The educational rules for the First Level Laurea (system 270/04) are compatible with the ministerial tables in force both for L-8 class (Information Engineering) and for the L-9 class (Industrial Engineering).
According to the law, however, the Laurea certificate issued by the University will be related to only one of the two Classes mentioned above. The choice of the Class must be made at the beginning of the third year and the degree of Engineering Physicist will be issued for the chosen Class.
If interested, first level graduate students in Physics Engineering will be able to take the State Examination for professional qualification in Section B of the Register (Junior Engineers) only in the Sector (respectively Information Engineering or Industrial Engineering) corresponding to the Class that matches the degree obtained.
skills of this function:
Specific skills: 
- apply the principles of quantum physics in innovative nanoscale materials, such as ultra-thin films, hybrid multilayers, nano particles;
 - choose the types of materials and functional nanomaterials for applications in advanced ICT devices, and manage the related techniques of preparation and physical characterization;
 - choose the types of materials and functional nanomaterials for applications in biomedical technologies and diagnostic sciences, and manage the related techniques of preparation and physical characterization;
 - perform laboratory measurements and analyse scientifica data, including the control of process parameters of nanomaterials, the characterization of functional materials, the calibration and maintenance of instruments;
 - expertly and accurately operate complex equipments based on the control of many physical parameters, such as the vacuum state required by the system, the optimal sensitivity of the different sensors of the system, the correct functionality of the control techniques of the materials produced;
 - to tailor, the information obtained about specific processes, materials or advanced technologies to the needs of research laboratories and companies;
 - suggest different solutions alternative to the existing technologies.
Job opportunities:
There are many different job opportunities for Physics Engineer. In particular, graduate student can find a job in all sectors where advanced technologies are developed, or where these are essential elements of products or systems. As an example, the following areas can be considered the most important for the Physics Engineer: photonics, lasers and their applications, materials technologies and vacuum applications, biomedical technologies and, in general, diagnostic sciences.
Therefore, the Physics Engineer can find a job in:
- large Italian and foreign companies in the field of materials engineering and optical technologies;
 - small and medium-sized companies taht use innovative systems and technologies;
 - national and international companies operating in strategic and industrial consulting;
 - private and public research centres;
 - representative branches of foreign companies in the market of physical and optical technologies and diagnostic systems.

The wide range of opportunities extends to the national and European contexts, where the importance of technological and innovative elements is even more required than for the Italian scenario.


6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

Secondary school leaving qualification, or foreign comparable qualifications


For admission to the Physics Engineering Bachelor of Science, a test - common to all Politecnico di Milano Engineering Bachelor degrees - must be taken to ascertain students’ aptitude and preparation for studies. For further information: 

http://www.poliorientami.polimi.it

Students who are already enrolled on other degree programmes or at other Universities and wish to transfer to the Physics Engineering Programme can request acknowledgement of any CFU credits they have already earned.

6.2 Requested knowledge

The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4944

6.3 Deadlines

Transfer requests from students of Politecnico di Milano that want to transfer over to the Bachelor Degree in Engineering Physics are only accepted if the student has reached, by the 15th of August, a number of registered CFUs that is greater or equal to 15, including courses that are present in the student's study plan as supplementary. The Commission in charge of student transfers for the Degree Programme of Engineering Physics will determine which of these courses will be acknowledged as useful for attaining the degree.
How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2985

6.4 Tutoring and students support

The Tutoring service has the objective of assisting students during their studies, especially in the first three years. This service involves reference student-tutors and professor-tutors.  Student tutors provide information to students concerning practical organisation of studies and support structures offered by the Politecnico. Furthermore, they help students which need to fill basic gaps (for example, students with compulsory supplementary education). Student tutor activity is carried out by meetings during his appointment period or via e-mail. The service is organised as part of the Study Programme and students should refer to it for all necessary information in finding tutors and the services provided.

 Moreover, the tutoring service provides professors, on request, with student tutors to support students in laboratory activities, to provide additional support to foreign students or to organise teaching material provided by professors.

For information on events organized by the School to promote students' personal productivity, see the "Tutoring"section of the website http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it.


Polinternational
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2185

7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

As specified in the didactic regulations, 180 credits are required to obtain the degree (first level). More specifically, for the basic courses (mathematics, statistics, computer science, chemistry, ..) at least 50 credits are required. For distinguishing courses as main engineering disciplines (as electronics, automation, energetics, mechanics) and for advanced courses as laser physics and applications, structure of matter, material science, the total credits are at least 100; for other activities (laboratory activities project, stages, ...) a minimum of 5 credits.


The 180 CFU credits needed to be awarded the qualification substantially cover the following disciplines:

  • general physics, solid-state physics and chemistry;
  • mathematics, computer science and statistics;
  • basic engineering disciplines;
  • information and industrial engineering disciplines.

7.2 Mode of study

This Course requires a full time attendance and involves classroom and laboratory activities

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

In the AY 2013/2014 whole entire cycle of the Bachelor of Science (three-year) Programme in Physics Engineering is activated under the 'new' 270/04 educational system, as detailed below.


1 Year courses - Track: F1A - Ingegneria fisica


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
082919A,CMAT/03
MAT/05
MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS I AND GEOMETRY110.010.0
061202BING-INF/05COMPUTER SCIENCE A110.010.0
097498A,CCHIM/07
ING-IND/22
CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS110.010.0
083024A,CFIS/01EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS I210.010.0
052475A,CMAT/05MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS II210.0
[1.0Innovative teaching]
10.0
089085AMAT/06STATISTICS25.05.0
097501B,CING-INF/03FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION25.05.0

2 Year courses - Track: F1A - Ingegneria fisica


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
083224A,CFIS/01EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS II110.010.0
099299A,CMAT/05MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS III110.010.0
050918--ING-IND/09ENERGY SYSTEMS FOR ENGINEERING PHYSICS15.05.0
096213BING-IND/13APPLIED MECHANICS15.05.0
099317B,CING-IND/31
ING-INF/07
CIRCUITS AND ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENTS210.010.0
085745BING-INF/04BASIC CONTROL ENGINEERING210.010.0
081076A,CFIS/01INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM PHYSICS210.010.0

3 Year courses - Track: F1L - Laboratorio progettuale


Those enrolled will graduate in the chosen Class and can enrol in the professional exam for junior engineers in the corresponding section.


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
081079B,CING-INF/01BASIC ELECTRONICS110.010.0
085913A,CFIS/01
FIS/03
PHYSICAL OPTICS AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGIES [C.I.]110.010.0
060116CING-IND/22MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY110.010.0
083564A,CFIS/03PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF LASER210.010.0
051199A,CFIS/01
FIS/03
STRUCTURE OF MATTER: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS210.010.0
097503A,CFIS/01LIGHT-MATTER INTERACTION25.05.0
052539A,CFIS/01EXPERIMENTAL METHODS FOR PHYSICS22.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
5.0
052538----INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH AND FINAL WORK13.0
052538----INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH AND FINAL WORK23.0

3 Year courses - Track: FFT - Informazione con tirocinio


Those enrolled will graduate in the chosen Class and can enrol in the professional exam for junior engineers in the Information Engineering section.


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
060116CING-IND/22MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY110.010.0
085913A,CFIS/01
FIS/03
PHYSICAL OPTICS AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGIES [C.I.]110.010.0
081079B,CING-INF/01BASIC ELECTRONICS110.010.0
083564A,CFIS/03PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF LASER210.010.0
097503A,CFIS/01LIGHT-MATTER INTERACTION25.05.0
085919----INTERNSHIP--112.012.0
085919----INTERNSHIP--212.0
086372----FINAL EXAMINATION--13.03.0
086372----FINAL EXAMINATION--23.0

3 Year courses - Track: FDT - Industriale con tirocinio


Those enrolled will graduate in the chosen Class and can enrol in the professional exam for junior engineers in the Industrial Engineering section.


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
060116CING-IND/22MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY110.010.0
085913A,CFIS/01
FIS/03
PHYSICAL OPTICS AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGIES [C.I.]110.010.0
081079B,CING-INF/01BASIC ELECTRONICS110.010.0
051199A,CFIS/01
FIS/03
STRUCTURE OF MATTER: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS210.010.0
097503A,CFIS/01LIGHT-MATTER INTERACTION25.05.0
085919----INTERNSHIP--112.012.0
085919----INTERNSHIP--212.0
086372----FINAL EXAMINATION--13.03.0
086372----FINAL EXAMINATION--23.0

3 Year courses - Track: F1N - Propedeutico Ingegneria Nucleare


Those enrolled will graduate in the chosen Class and can enrol in the professional exam for junior engineers in the corresponding section.


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
060116CING-IND/22MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY110.010.0
079729A,CFIS/01PHYSICS OPTICS15.05.0
081079B,CING-INF/01BASIC ELECTRONICS110.010.0
089494--ICAR/08SOLID MECHANICS15.05.0
061392A,CFIS/03PRINCIPLES OF LASERS25.05.0
051199A,CFIS/01
FIS/03
STRUCTURE OF MATTER: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS210.010.0
094960--ING-IND/20PHYSICS OF THE NUCLEUS + LABORATORY OF PHYSICS OF THE NUCLEUS [C.I.]210.010.0
052539A,CFIS/01EXPERIMENTAL METHODS FOR PHYSICS22.0
[2.0Innovative teaching]
5.0
052538----INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH AND FINAL WORK23.0
052538----INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH AND FINAL WORK13.0

Pre-requisite Courses


The course INTRODUZIONE ALLA RICERCA SPERIMENTALE E PROVA FINALE can be taken only upon successful completion of the courses: EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS I, EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS II.

7.3.1 Individual Study Plans


The Programme Board may consider an independent study plan presented by the student for good reasons outside the indications of the Programme Board with attribution of credits within the limits foreseen by the law. Students interested in this option are invited to contact the Programme Board in advance for submission of an independent study plan.


7.3.2 Any examinations passed before enrolling on the Master of Science programme (MSc)


During the Bachelor degree, students can, in the interests of future admission onto a Master of Science programme:

  • A1) earn CFU credits by passing extra M.Sc. examinations, included in their personal study plans and considered “advance” CFUs that can be acknowledged as part of the 120 credits needed to be awarded an M.Sc.
  • A2) acquire attendance status in M.Sc. modules. As A1) but without passing the examination that, as a result of acquiring attendance status, will then be allowed to be taken in advance.
  • A3) earn CFU credits for curriculum supplements established by an ad hoc Master of Science admissions Board; these CFU credits are “in addition” to the 120 needed to be awarded the Master of Science.

 

In the period between graduation in the Bachelor of Science and possible enrolment in the Master of Science, for the purposes of the Master of Science itself, the graduate may, using enrolment in "individual courses":

  • B1) earn CFU credits from successful M.Sc. examinations by enrolling on M.Sc. modules as individual modules. These are considered “advance” CFUs that can be acknowledged as part of the 120 credits needed to be awarded an M.Sc.
  • B2) acquire attendance status in M.Sc. courses. As B1) but without passing the exam.
  • B3) earn CFU credits for curriculum supplements established by an ad hoc Master of Science admissions Board; these CFU credits are “in addition” to the 120 needed to be awarded the Master of Science.

 

The following limitations are to be taken into consideration:

  1. the total number of CFU credits (by passing examinations and/or by acquiring attendance status) that can be acknowledged as part of the 120 CFU credits needed to be awarded the M.Sc. (A1+A2+B1+B2) is limited to 30. Thus any additional CFU credits earned exceeding 30 will not be taken into account.
  2. in any case, the number of credits earned through "individual courses" cannot exceed 80, including in this limit also curricular supplements (A3 + B3).

7.4 Foreign language

Language courses
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3065

7.5 Degree examination

The Bachelor of Science final examination regulations approved by the School Board are available at the website: 

http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/en/didactics/bachelors-and-masters-degree-exams/

Accordinh to these rules, and depending on the specific needs and circumstances of the Bachelor of Science, the Physics Engineering Programme introduces the following specifications, also available in the aferementioned website.

 

Final exam with project laboratory: the final exam is linked to the activity of the module INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH AND FINAL WORK for a total of 3 CFU. The final examination score is not calculated as part of the average score but is used to increase the overall graduation score. The maximum increase is 8/110. The Project Laboratory includes an individual experimental activity and a short report. The final exam consists of an oral presentation on a specific topic linked to the experimental activity carried out. In such presentation the student analyses the assigned topic in depth and provides a critical description of the experimental activity. Such presentation will be evaluated by a tutor and by the graduation Commission.

 

Final exam with Internship:in this case, the credits allocated to the final exam and Internship amount to 15 in total. Such number of credits requires the student to carry out an internship in a company for a period of approx. 3 months under the guidance of an internal tutor. At the end of the internship the student prepares a detailed report on the activity carried out. The evaluation of this activity will be used as an increment for the graduation score up to a maximum of 8/110. The scores to be attributed is evaluated by the tutor and the graduation Commission.

Further information concerning general rules, regulations, session calendar, registration and thesis submission are available at: http://www.polimi.it/studenti/concludi-i-tuoi-studi/esame-di-laurea/.

 


Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3145

8. Academic calendar

On the School website under "Teaching" the Academic Calendar of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering is available for the AY 2013/14 (http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it/).


Academic calendar
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3225

9. Faculty

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Teaching takes place in functional buildings equipped with experimental laboratories at the Leonardo Campus in piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Milano. The Programme Board secretariat is located on the ground floor of the Department of Physics and receives students from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on weekdays. Students are invited to regularly consult the information and notices on institutional websites.


11. International context

The Bachelor of Science program in Physics Engineering represents an excellent experience at the international level which integrates in a unified profile the classical basic engineering skills with scientific skills in the areas of physics, materials science and photonics. The tradition of Physics Engineering is particularly well established in the Anglo-Saxon world, with widespread presence in North America (Princeton University, New Jersey, USA; Berkeley University, California, USA; Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada). Well established programs with similar curricula, albeit with different names, can be found at many campuses in Europe, such as ETH Zurich (Zurich, CH), Technical University of Denmark (DTU, Lyngby, Denmark), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm, Sweden), and many others.


12. Internationalization

In the Physics Engineering Bachelor Degree international student exchanges and mobility abroad are strongly encouraged. To see all of the opportunities, see the University website: http://www.polimi.it/en/students/experience-abroad/ 


Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4654

13. Quantitative data

The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di MIlano.

14. Further information

For any further information, please visit the website of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering
http://www.ingindinf.polimi.it or on the Bachelor of Science Programme website http://www.fisi.polimi.it/en/teaching/teaching_offer 


Only the original in Italian is valid.

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