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Master of Science

Italian English SISSA and the University of Trieste coordinate a joint curriculum (the "Percorso Formativo Comune", PFC below) aiming at offering an excellence MSc program in Mathematics for brilliant students who want to follow a high-level research career.

Starting from the academic year 2018/2019 the MSc program will have a curriculum with courses entirely taught in English. This curriculum is part of the PFC program and gives the possibility to both Italian and international students to obtain the PFC Diploma.

Every year SISSA awards some fellowships to brilliant students, both Italian and international, who want to be enrolled to the PFC program.
The program is however open to all students, also those without a fellowship. Fellows are committed to the following academic requirements: pass all the exams with a grade no lower than 24/30 and with a weighted average of at least 27/30; the curriculum and the MSc thesis should be approved by a SISSA committee and each fellow must attend a final examination.
At the end of the two years of the MSc program, students who have fulfilled all the merit requirements will be awarded the PFC Diploma. The diploma can also be awarded to students without the fellowship, given that they have satisfied the above academic requirements.

Fellowships are assigned through a competitive selection, aiming at verifying the basic mathematical knowledge of the candidates and their attitude toward a research activity. Exceptionally qualified non-EU students can be assigned the fellowship based on their curriculum. (Details for the application can be found below.)


  • PhD school and prestigious research institute
  • more than 100 PhD diplomas awarded in 25 years: PhD in Mathematical Analisys, Modeling and Applications, PhD in Mathematical Physics and PhD in Geometry
  • more than 50 former students are now university professors.


  • assigned through a competitive selection (written and oral exam) for Italian and EU-students; for non-EU exceptionally qualified students fellowships might be assigned based on the curriculum of candidates
  • the fellowship amount is 6,000 € per year; SISSA also covers part of living expenses

Admission through entrance exam (Italian and EU-Students)

Admission based on curriculum (non-EU students)

Working environment

  • stimulating scientific environment
  • close contact with professors and PhD students
  • intense seminar activity
  • various visiting professors from other prestigious institutions
  • tutor and personalized curriculum for each fellow
  • research oriented courses

Research topics

  • Nonlinear Analysis
  • Conservation laws
  • ODE
  • Control Theory
  • Calculus of Variations
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Integrable systems
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Algebraic Geometry
  • Non-commutative Geometry
  • String theory
  • Mathematical Finance

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