Master's Degree In Advanced Physics And Applied Mathematics (MFMA)

Universidad de las Islas Baleares - UIB

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Master's Degree In Advanced Physics And Applied Mathematics (MFMA)

Universidad de las Islas Baleares - UIB

What does it consist of?

The objective of the Master's Degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics (MFMA) is to provide advanced training, aimed especially at those undergraduates who aspire to do a PhD later.

It treats therefore of a Master oriented fundamentally to the investigation. This requires a structure that makes it possible to specialize in some research areas of special quality. The UIB has the mention of Campus of International Excellence, which includes the line of Physics, Computing and Applications. This line includes certain research groups, which over time have been developing a work of first international level. That is why five specialties are offered, directly linked to these groups: Astrophysics and Relativity, Geophysical Fluids, Materials Physics, Quantum Systems and Applied Mathematics.

Many of the problems relevant to society are multifaceted and their approach requires a certain capacity for general vision and connection of ideas. In this context, a set of watertight specialties is not proposed, but each student may choose a reasonable number of complementary credits, belonging to specialties different from his own.

What will you learn?

During the past century scientific research has been characterized by a progressive specialization and an increasingly finer division of the subjects under study. On the other hand, many of the problems relevant to society are multifaceted. The scientist with multidisciplinary training is qualified to develop his research work beyond the borders of his own field, being able to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines and contributing as added values ​​his solid training and his ability to transfer ideas from one field to the other.

What can you do when you're finished?

From the professional point of view, the great changes and advances experienced in all the areas of Physics and Applied Mathematics mean that, increasingly, companies need the incorporation of graduates with a level of knowledge superior to that typically associated to them. graduates, and with the necessary skills to face and solve complex problems. This need is even more evident in companies with ID Departments i.

Access to other studies and professional opportunities

The Master's Degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics has an eminently research orientation. Its main purpose is to offer an introduction to quality scientific research in fields related to their subjects and specialties and the preparation of students so that they can continue their research training with a PhD. The research groups involved develop an intense research activity of high international level that ensures the relevance and continuous updating of the training taught in the Master.

The official Master's Degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics allows the student to apply for admission to the PhD programs in Physics or Mathematics of the University of the Balearic Islands, or the analogues of other Universities.

Also, the wide range of training with 5 specialties and a set of complementary subjects allows to open more the range of possibilities. Although the degree does not have a proper professional orientation, the experimental, computer and / or data analysis techniques acquired in these studies are of interest in professional environments such as information technology, telecommunications, finance and the energy, environmental and pharmaceutical sectors. , etc.

Structure of the studies

Teaching languages: The teaching languages ​​of each subject are detailed in the corresponding teaching guide. However, when there are international students enrolled, the subjects will be taught in English.

Depending on the training itinerary chosen by the student, the following specialties are considered: Astrophysics and Relativity, Geophysical Fluids, Materials Physics, Quantum Systems, Applied Mathematics.

It also contemplates the possibility of a generalist itinerary, not specialized, that the student could configure freely choosing among all the offered subjects. In any case, whether the itinerary is generalist or specialized, the student must complete the total of 60 credits, with the following distribution:

  • 36 credits to choose freely among the proposed subjects. In the case of specialized itineraries, a minimum of 18 credits must correspond to subjects belonging to the module of the chosen specialty.
  • Within this block of 36 credits, it will be possible to compute up to a maximum of 12 credits from other University Masters oriented to research, organized or participated by the UIB.
  • 24 credits for the Final Master's Project.

Among the proposed subjects, supplements are also included that are not directly linked to any specialty, in subjects of Computing, Data Analysis, Complex Systems and Electronics, as well as the possibility of attending Research Seminars or participating in Scientific Conferences.


Specialty: Astrophysics and Relativity

  • Relativity and Geometry
  • Gravitation waves
  • Black Holes
  • Elements of Numerical Relativity
  • Introduction to Solar Physics
  • MHD solar: basics
  • MHD solar: applications
  • Numerical simulations in MHD

Specialty: Geophysical Fluids

  • Fundamentals of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
  • Turbulence and atmospheric boundary layer
  • Mesoscale Circulations
  • Predictability
  • Dynamics of geophysical fluids
  • Waves and instabilities in geophysical fluids
  • Spatial analysis and data assimilation
  • Numerical simulation of geophysical fluids

Specialty: Material Physics

  • Phase transformations in solid state
  • Material Physics
  • Functional materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Magnetism and magnetic materials
  • Structural and microstructural characterization of materials
  • Characterization of physical properties of materials

Specialty: Quantum Systems

  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Quantum correlations
  • Intertwined quantum systems
  • Electronic nanostructures
  • Lasers
  • Spintronics

Specialty: Applied Mathematics

  • Introduction to dynamic systems
  • Periodic solutions of ordinary differential equations
  • Mathematical models in the neurosciences
  • Processing of images and applications
  • Mathematical models in the restoration of images
  • Introduction to subpixel images
  • Finite volume methods for hyperbolic problems


  • Distributed computing
  • Finite element simulation
  • Stochastic simulation methods
  • Cooperative phenomena and critical phenomena: applications
  • Research seminars
  • Research stays
  • Massive data processing techniques
  • Instrumentation and data acquisition
  • Signal processing and communications
  • MEMS transducers
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Scientific presentation and visualization

Admission profile and admission criteria

The recommended entry profile is that of a student oriented towards research, with previous training as a graduate in Physics, Mathematics, or a double degree in Physics and Mathematics.

In any case, the Master's Studies Council will decide on the admission of students, based on the following criteria:

  • The academic record of the studies that have been completed previously.
  • The professional experience
  • A statement of objectives, stating the personal motivation of the candidate and the reasons that led him to apply for a place on the Master.

The academic record and professional experience will have a combined weight of 70%, while the statement of objectives will have a weight of 30%. In the case of students with special needs or individuals associated with the disability, positive action measures will be considered to ensure the access of these students to the Master, as long as they meet the conditions established by current regulations.

Since English is used in the training process, in addition to the official languages, to access the Master's degree, it will be necessary to meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a minimum level of English equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (MECR).
  • Have passed at least one undergraduate course or its international equivalent taught in English, with a minimum of 3 credits.
This school offers programs in:
  • Spanish
  • English

Last updated February 27, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
1 year
Full time
1,957 EUR
Price applicable to nationals of the Member States of the European Union and residents of the Spanish State
Spain - Palma, Balearic Islands
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