It is intended to take students with a master's degree (in Physics, Physics Engineering or related fields) and train them to become experts who, thanks to their thorough understanding of physics and the state of the art of emerging technologies, create new opportunities through production of significant research in the area of Physics Engineering and transfer the acquired knowledge to industry and innovation. Accomplishing this within the social and economic constraints imposed by the present technological society while complying with the best practices of engineering, is in itself an enormous challenge. It is clear, therefore, that the advanced training of experts able to profit from their background in science and of studying in depth any aspects of the microphysics developed throughout the twentieth century, constitutes a specific area of knowledge which complements and enhances classic engineering.
The curricular component of the PhD program in Physics Engineering (PDEF) does not favor the simple teaching of advanced subjects, but rather the introduction of cutting-edge techniques along with the analysis of solutions and systems under development or already used in advanced experiments or emerging technologies, in view of their application to advanced engineering problems.
The two branches of specialization offered - Instrumentation along with Metrology and Quality - are specific areas of mainstreaming technology and the diversity and complexity of the underlying physical effects benefit from their proximity to physics. We identified among that many graduates in Physics Engineering working in industry and in services play a key role in areas that could greatly benefit from the formation of the third cycle in either of these two lines.