MSc in Computational Science

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Program Description

MSc in Computational Science

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Goals and Contents

Advanced mathematical modeling and high performance methods in numerical simulations open new perspectives for science, research and economy. Exploiting the capabilities of modern supercomputers, increasingly complex problems can be tackled - covering a very broad spectrum of disciplines, from exact and natural sciences to economics and social sciences, including biomedical, environmental, materials, and engineering sciences.

The ICS provides a unique research environment, where strong competences in modeling, simulation and information science come together in an open and application oriented atmosphere. At ICS, mathematical state-of-the-art simulation and modeling techniques meet software design and development, and the specialized Master studies in Computational Sciences at USI aim at exploiting the unique nature of this group.

This field of studies offers the possibility to learn a strongly interdisciplinary method for solving problems, still focusing either more on the mathematical or the informatics aspects of the discipline. Throughout the studies, the student will continuously work on projects, in close collaboration with ICS partners such as CSCS and SUPSI.

Given the high ratio between the number of professors and that of students, personal assistance and mentoring is a natural part of the modern teaching environment of ICS, which also features a project-based approach ensuring continuous experience on real life problem solving based on a sound theoretical background, English as teaching language, state-of-the-art knowledge in methodology and development, and access to HPC resources. With all these points together, USI trains future modeling and simulation professionals, which are increasingly required by industry to do research and development.

Career Prospects

The graduates of the MSc in Computational Science have a variety of options for professional employment.

For their product development, an increasing number of industries in different fields rely on numerical methods that allow the realization of experiments "in silicio". This is of particular interest for experiments that would be extremely costly, if not impossible at all, to carry out physically. The demand for well educated professionals in this field is high and is expected to continue growing; examples of application fields are design and optimization in mechanics, finance, insurance business, medicine, biology, and weather forecast services. The collaborations in place between the Institute and different industrial partners allow students to gain experience, for example during their thesis, in a mixed academic and industrial environment.

The Master in Computational Science is also an excellent preparation for an academic or scientific career at universities or research institutes. In fact, the research done at ICS is leading edge in many different fields.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 17, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
24 months
Full time
16,000 CHF
Start date Sept. 2017
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Duration 24 months
Price 16,000 CHF