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International Master Course in
Physics of Complex Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

WARNING: information reported below are time-dependent, last update is March 6, 2018

Admission: deadlines, BSc degree, how many

How can I apply?
-Students wishing to enrol at PoliTO must submit their applications online (click here if you are a student with an Italian degree, and here if you are a student with a foreign degree)

-Students wishing to enrol at Paris universities are invited to contact the coordinators (see links at the bottom of this page)

What are the deadlines for application?
Deadlines slightly change from year to year.
This year, the deadline for international students (=graduated from a non-Italian Institution) is April 12, 2018. The deadline for students graduated from an Italian University will be published soon.

What are the language requirements for admission?
The program is fully taught in English. IELTS 5.0 or equivalent is required. See here for equivalent certifications.

How many students are admitted each year?
In 2017 we enrolled 20 students at PoliTO.

Which BSc degrees qualify for admission?
Detailed rules are reported in the call for applications. Most of our students hold a B.Sc. in Physics or Physical Engineering. A few in Mathematics, Mathematics for Engineering or Engineering (Information Area). Other B.Sc. degrees may be eligible, depending on the details of the study plan.

Partner institutions

What is the role of the various partner institutions in Trieste?
The Trieste semester is co-organized by 2 partner institutions:
SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) and ICTP (the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics).
These institutions do not enrol students directly.
Lectures are held partly at SISSA and partly at ICTP.

What is the role of the various partner institutions in Paris?
The Paris semester (see also here) is co-organized by 4 partner institutions:
UniversitÚ Pierre et Marie Curie
UniversitÚ Paris-Diderot,
UniversitÚ Paris-Sud,
From the administrative point of view, students from Politecnico di Torino are enrolled in one of the 3 universities, following a criterion of even distribution among them.
Lectures (all students together) are held in the Pierre et Marie Curie (Jussieu) and Paris-Diderot (Paris Rive Gauche) campuses.

Degrees obtained

Which degrees are obtained?
Graduates receive a double degree: a "Laurea Magistrale" (Master of Science) degree from Politecnico di Torino and an M2 degree from one of the French partner universities. In addition, they receive a "Diploma supplement" from Politecnico di Torino, specifying the details of the mobility program.


What type of financial support is available?
Students of the most recent intakes have received Erasmus+ fellowships for the Paris semester, an equivalent support for the Trieste semester, and full coverage of the Spring College living and travel (up to a fixed threshold) expenses. Additional support for the Paris semester has been provided, on a competitive basis, by some institutions in the Paris area.

How can I find an accommodation?
Partner institutions provide support in finding accommodation through their housing offices.


What is the language of instruction?
The program is fully taught in English. See here above for the language requirements for admission.

What next?

What are the careers of PCS graduates?
Please take a look at our Alumni page.
Most of our graduates continue their path with a PhD. Their research projects are typically in the fields of: statistical physics and interdisciplinary applications, biophysics, neurosciences, soft matter, condensed matter physics.
Moreover, some graduates work in the ICT sector, most often as data scientists.
Finally, some stay one more year at PoliTO to get a second Master degree in Nanotechnologies for ICTs.

Organizing committee:
Prof. A. Pelizzola [POLITO]       Prof. A. Gambassi [SISSA]     Dr. M. Marsili [ICTP]       Prof. D. Mouhanna [Paris 6]
Prof. J. B. Fournier [Paris 7]       Prof. E. Trizac [Paris 11]       Prof. S. Franz [Paris 11]