Master in Computational Chemistry and Physics
The Nordic Master Programme in Computational Chemistry and Physics offers a comprehensive and highly competitive training programme run by a team of collaborating partner universities, each with their own specialisation in the computational disciplines.
The purpose of the programme is to provide state-of-the-art education in the fields of computational chemistry and physics, highlighting basic concepts and methods as well as important application areas such as chemical catalysis for sustainable energy, atmospheric chemistry, molecular devices for photonics and electronics, biomolecular engineering, nanotechnology and properties of modern materials. A strong emphasis is placed on dealing with reaction dynamics and material properties with descriptions that transcend scales in length and time and that connect atomistic, even electronic, structures to properties of macroscopic matter.
Students will receive an education comprising trans-disciplinary aspects of theoretical modelling. The innovative aspects of the programme are related to the course curriculum as well as to the e-science competence that will be implemented in the teaching. Although the curriculum focuses on basic concepts in the area of computational chemistry and physics, a range of engineering problems of practical importance will be included. Students will also gain proficiency in project design and implementation of software engineering projects and their applications.
Studies begin with a common term comprised of two compulsory courses offered by each individual partner (Quantum Chemistry and Physics and Computational Chemistry), as well as a compulsory course offered by Gothenburg University (Mathematical and Numerical Methods for Chemists).The course offered by GU will be given as video conference lectures. In the second term, a compulsory course is offered by Helsinki University (Scientific Programming) using an Internet-based method. The student needs to select an additional set of optional courses offered by the participating universities and should complete a research project. It is a goal of the programme that students are supervised by senior researchers from at least two different host institutions and that a stay at a different host institution is part of the study structure, though this is not compulsory. Information about the academic year at the different partner universities is available on local websites.
The degree project should culminate in a written thesis detailing the chosen area of academic concentration.
The career opportunities for those who master the basics of materials modelling are considerable. Ever since it became possible to carry out accurate calculations and computer simulations of matter, it has been a possible future scenario to design a material with specific properties and functions starting from basic models. Thanks to rapidly increasing computing power and development of new generations of modelling tools we can now perform predictive modelling with the very purpose of assisting the process of creating and manufacturing new substances, and so drastically shorten development time. As a consequence of this, a large number of students trained in the area are hired by companies; Astra Zeneca and ABB serve as two good examples in Sweden. The important mission of the academy, therefore, is not only to develop new research methods and provide results per se, but to train young researchers and equip them with general research skills that are useful in the industrial laboratory. This Master’s programme is fully compatible with that strategy.
Application and Admission
Application procedure, admission criteria and other information are found on the www.noccap.org, the website for Nordic Master Program in Computational Chemistry and Physics.
Last updated May 10, 2016