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  Diploma/Master Programme

The Diploma/Master Programme has been redefined. Please consult the Maestría en Ciencias Físicas page of Instituto Balseiro.


Instituto Balseiro - Bariloche - Argentina 

The main objective of this Programme is to provide a 12 /18 months advanced level instruction for students from Argentinian and Latin-American universities within a two-step programme . In particular it is aimed at students who do not have Master or PhD programmes in their home universities. Moreover, this programme will foster the integration of students from different Latin American countries.
The plan offers a variety of courses for people interested in pursuing research in theoretical physics with two possible orientations: “Particles and Field Theory” or “Condensed Matter“.
The Particles and Field Theory orientation includes topics as astrophysics, cosmology, field theories and their applications, mathematical physics, string theory, etc. The Condensed Matter orientation includes fields like strongly correlated electrons, superconductivity, semiconductor physics, low dimensional systems, magnetism.
The Diploma/Master Programme is an extension of the previous one-year Diploma Course at Instituto Balseiro, sponsored by the AS-ICTP and CLAF  The programme divides in two steps:

(1) the Diploma Course , (12 months)

(2) the Master in Physics Degree (6 extra months).

 Diploma Course:

The first step of the programme, the Diploma Course, consists of a minimum of four courses and a 12 months short thesis. The Diploma is specifically aimed to Latin American students and is currently offered in two orientations: Particles and Field Theory and Condensed Matter Physics. Fellowships from CLAF-ICTP are offered to students from Latin American countries, after passing an admission written exam.


The set of 4 courses (minimum) taken by each student is selected in a personalized manner according to the specific needs and background of each student.
The courses offered consist on:
Basic Introductory Courses, which are advanced undergraduate courses corresponding to the last year of the Licenciatura in Physics (B.Sc. Degree) at Instituto Balseiro,and Specific Courses, which are graduate level courses currently offered within the Master in Physics programme and corresponding to specific topics within the field chosen for the thesis. The detailed list of courses offered is provided below.
When the background education in physics of the students needs to be improved, one or two courses are chosen from the set of Basic Introductory Courses. From two to four courses are chosen from a set of Specific Courses either on the field of High Energy or Condensed Matter Physics, depending on the orientation of the Diploma chosen by the student.


A short thesis is conducted on a specific research topic, guided by one researcher of Centro Atomico Bariloche in the fields of Condensed Matter or Particles and Field Theory. The thesis is defended with an oral dissertation at the end of the Diploma Course.

Master in Physics Degree

At the end of the first semester, the performance of the Diploma students in the courses and research thesis is evaluated by the Diploma Committee.

According to this evaluation, the students who have had a good and promising performance in their first 6 months are then recommended to continue into the Master in Physics Programme.
In this case, an extension of their ICTP-CLAF fellowship for a total of 18 months is granted.
 Master in Physics degree at Instituto Balseiro is a 3 semester career and requires to follow 5 courses and the presentation of a written thesis.
An extension of their ICTP-CLAF fellowship for a total of 18 months is granted.

Programme Requirements:

The completion of the Diploma Programme requires the approval of four courses and a final dissertation.
For the Master Degree five courses and a written thesis are required.

The list of courses includes:

Basic Introductory Courses

Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Statistical Physics
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Introduction to Particle and Nuclear Physics
Group Theory
Computational Physics.

Particles and Field Theory courses:

Quantum Field Theory I.
Quantum Field Theory II.
Mathematical Methods in Physics.
Introduction to Particle Physics and Standard Model.
General Relativity.
Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology.
Hamiltonian systems, integrability and quantum groups .
Cosmic Ray Physics.

Condensed Matter Physics courses: Solid State Theory

Experimental Methods in Condensed Matter
Computational Methods in Condensed Matter
Transport in Electronic Systems
Linear Response and Green Functions in Condensed Matter
Thermal Properties of Materials
Phase Transitions
Mesoscopic and Nanoscopic Systems
Optical Properties of Solids
Advanced Topics of Solid State Theory I and II
Low Dimensional Systems
Many Body Theory.
Soft Matter and Critical Phenomena.

Quantum Field Theory I and II, Advanced Topics of Solid State Theory I and II, Mathematical Methods in Physics, Computational Physics and Introduction to Particle Physics and Standard Model are regular courses, which are taught every year. The other courses are offered on an optional basis according to the interests of undergraduate and graduate students working on their thesis in the group.

All the courses will include a final examination. The work for the Diploma or the Master Degree thesis will be performed under  regular supervision by a member of the group.

Acceptance requirements:

Applicants should have a degree equivalent to a BSc ("Licenciatura" for Latin-American students). Students will be selected by a local committee according to their academic performance and the results of a written examination.
Expected background knowledge includes Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Classical Mechanics, Algebra, Elements of Real and Complex Analysis. Students applying for the Particles and Field Theory orientation should also have basic knowledge in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Special Theory of Relativity, for the condensed matter orientation basic concepts on solid state physics will be required.

Academic staff:

The courses will be taught by faculty members of the Instituto Balseiro. We also plan to have visiting professors from other institutions. In particular, we count on the participation of regular collaborators from Argentina, CERN, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the USA. The funds for these visits will be covered in part by the Diploma Programme, and in part by other institutional grants.
The members of the groups committed to participate in this Programme are:

Particles and Fields Group: Gerardo Aldazabal, Ingo Allekotte, Cesar Fosco, Horacio Casini, Leandro Da Rold, Diego Harari, Marina Huerta, Silvia Mollerach, Rafael Montemayor, Esteban Roulet, and Roberto Trinchero. General information about the Particles and Fields Group and the CVs of its members are available at http://fisica.cab.cnea.gov.ar/particulas/diploma

Solid State Theory Group: Armando Aligia, Blas Alascio, Carlos Balseiro, Daniel Dominguez, Karen Hallberg, Eduardo Jagla, Cesar Proetto, María José Sanchez, Jorge Simonin, Gonzalo Usaj, Cecilia Ventura, Sebastian Bustingorry, Roberto Allub, Pablo Cornaglia, Daniel Garcia, Alexander Hernandez, Alejandro Kolton. General information about the Solid State Theory Group and the CVs of its members are available at http://fisica.cab.cnea.gov.ar/solidos/

Financial Support:

The programme has financial support from ICTP for a small number of fellowships for students coming from relatively less developed countries. These fellowships cover living expenses as well as transportation from/to the home country.
Further support for fellowships as well as for professorships is expected from CLAF and the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (CONICET - Argentina). Also support from the home universities of the students is strongly recommended.

Those interested in the programme must send:

  • a curriculum vitae (click here for a suggested format)
  • Detailed programme of studies at the origin university.
  • Analytic certificate of courses with the marks obtained.
  • Two letters of recommendation (click here for a suggested format)

to the following address:

by e-mail:

or by postal mail:
Programa de Diploma - Instituto Balseiro
Centro Atómico Bariloche - CC 439
CP 8400 - Bariloche - Rio Negro

  Next call:

  • Admittance exam: May 27, 2016.
  • Start of activities: July 25, 2016.
  • Deadline for applications: May 16, 2016

For further information, please write to: [1]