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Master MPM_Space_Sciences logoMaster Universitario di II livello in
Mathematical and Physical methods for Space Sciences (MPM Space Sciences)

Director Lorenzo Fatibene
Academic year 2019-2020,  starting october 2019


Next Applications from June 2020

Applications are open also to students that are going to obtain their degree in autumn; please notice that the possession of the degree is required at the matriculation step (end of October), after passing the evaluation procedureTo apply, please follow the information that you find at the voice “Admission and information for application” below.


Mai come nello spazio ti accorgi che i confini non esistono. Dall’alto l’Europa è un reticolo di luci, collegamenti, i cui confini sono solo dentro le menti delle persone [Luca Parmitano]

Never as in space you realize that borders do not exist. From above Europe is a network of lights, wiring, whose borders are only in people's minds [Luca Parmitano]


Department of Physics - Turin University INAF- National Institute for Astrophysiscs ASI - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

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MPM Space Sciences

Prof. ssa Susanna Terracini
Full Professor at Mathematic Department
"G. Peano" - University of Turin


Knowledge: advanced mathematics and physics contents to get high-level skills for working in space industries

Innovation: devise of new methods with strong technology impact in space sciences

Experience: to start a career working in a challenging context

Interaction: making connections with top experts of academies, space industries and space agencies

What is this master?

The Master in Mathematical and physical methods for space sciences is a one year curriculum which aims to provide students with advanced education for professions in the specific field of the space; this field requires a high level of qualification and it is characterized by a strong interaction between academic research and industrial issues. One of the purposes of the master is to introduce in the field of the space people with solid knowledge in mathematics and physics.

The emphasis of the course topics will be both theoretical and applied, providing the capability of discerning, combining and applying the most useful and modern methods available in mathematics and physics.

A strong point of the Master are the innovative teaching and assessment methods, including the use of a portfolio of the competences of the students and of a e-learning platform.

The Master draws inspiration from an analogous programme offered at the University of Roma Tor Vergata and is currently the only offer of this type in the north of Italy.

Why should I be willing to enroll to this master?

Space related industries and space agencies are attractive workplaces, where people with different educational background cooperate to solve challenging problems. To work in such contexts is a great opportunity to use advanced mathematical and physical contents in a business environment and to do research out of the academy.

Whom is the Master's Degree aimed at?

The Master is aimed at highly motivated students who have obtained or are close to obtaining a master degree (laurea magistrale for students in italian universities) in mathematics, physics or engineering and who are interested in working in a challenging and exciting industrial themes.

Students are expected to be oriented to develop critical capabilities and problem solving skills, to be interested in working in international and challenging contexts and to be able to teamwork.

At the end of the Master the students will have a high-level scientific competences and valuable technological knowledges.

They will be ready to be introduced in a business environment and develop a professional career with a strong interaction between academic research and industrial issues.

During the Master students will develop specific expertise in mathematical and physical topics, including astrophysics, gravitational astronomy and metrology for astrophysics celestial and relativistic mechanics and astrodynamics data analysis, from physical, numerical, statistical and topological points of view detectors and space equipment mission design. 

They will experience working in group, writing reports and projects and making a presentation. A portfolio collecting the most important works will be produced.

At the end of the program the students will have transversal skills, as communication abilities, problem solving and a high attitude to learning and working in multidisciplinary environment.

If you are a prospective student and you need more information on the programme


if you are an industry or a company working in the aerospace sector and you are willing to collaborate with MPM Space Sciences,

please contact

How to

Prerequisites and eligibility

Applications are open to anyone holding or being close to obtaining an italian Master degree in one of the following classes:

  • LM17 Fisica
  • LM40 Matematica
  • 25/S - LM-20 Ingegneria Aereospaziale Astronautica
  • LM27 Ingegneria delle Telecomunicazioni
  • LM29 Ingegneria Elettronica
  • LM32 Ingegneria Informatica
  • LM33 Ingegneria Meccanica
  • LM44 Modellistica matematico-fisica per l’ingegneria
  • LM58 Scienze dell'Universo

The possession of the access pass is required at the moment of matriculation to the course.
People possessing an international master degree can apply too; the evaluation committee will certify if the degree can be considered equivalent to the Italian one.

Information required to complete the application

Application follows the general rules of Università degli Studi di Torino, that you can find in the enrolment procedurePlease, notice that the preliminary steps to admission are registration at the university portal and submission of the application form. Matriculation is the last step, after passing the evaluation procedure.

When applying, you will be asked to upload:
1. your CV (in Italian or English)
2. your official grade transcript (in Italian or English), if you hold a MA or one-long cycle degree program, or
2bis. a letter of your advisor with the expected month of graduation, if you do not hold a MA or one-long cycle degree progra
3. your motivation letter (in Italian or English, approximately 3000 characters)

Admission to the Program of eligible candidates is subjected to an evaluation based on the curriculum vitae and the documentation provided by the candidates. The verification of the candidate's personal preparation will be supplemented by an interview.
The evaluation committee will formulate an eligibility judgement and establish a ranking which will be followed for enrollment.

The programme consists of some courses, several seminars, a project work, an internship and a final examination.
All the activities will contribute to the production of the portfolio of the student.

The list of the mandatory courses is the following:

  • Data Analysis - 6 Credits
  • Celestial mechanics and astrodynamics - 6 Credits
  • Relativistic mechanics - 4 Credits
  • Analytical methods for the space  - 4 Credits
  • Gravitational astronomy and metrology for astrophysics - 4 Credits
  • Mission design - 4 Credits
  • Detectors and space equipment - 4 Credits

Each credit corresponds to 25 hours of commitment of the student, 8 of which will be in the classroom.
Every student will complete this part of his programme with one of the following courses:

  • Astrophysics
  • Innovative mathematical methods for the space

The choice of the course will be mutually agreed with the Scientific committee.
However, all the students are required to attend the classes of both the courses Astrophysics and Innovative mathematical methods for the space.

Students are required to attend several seminars during the first semester of the year; the aim of the seminars is to complete their preparation with some deepening on very specific topics or on complementary arguments.

Here you find the details on the courses and seminars.

Project work

Students are required to do an internship in the second part of the master. The duration of the internship varies from about 400 hours to about 600 hours. At the end of the internship students will write a report of their activity.

Final examination

Courses usually start in october.

Courses attendance is compulsory.

Students must attend at least the 70% of the lessons.

The tuition fees are 3000 euros per year, to be payed in four instalments:

  • 1500 euros, within october 31st, 2019
  • 500 euros, within december 31st, 2019
  • 500 euros, within february 22nd, 2020
  • 500 euros, within march 27th, 2020

Students with a handicap declaration, certified by an invalidity of at least 66%, are exempt from tuition fees and pay 100 euros for the whole course.

Depending on budget availability and based on the evaluation committee assessment, students can have a scholarship as a partial or total reimbursement of the tuition fees or a contribution for their living expenses.

Courses and seminars will be scheduled in the period October 2019 - January 2020.
The rest of the academic year will be devoted to project work and to internship.
The final examination will be planned in autumn 2020.
Classes will take place will take place in room B7 at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Turin, via Carlo Alberto 10, Turin.



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