Master's Degree in Complex Systems Physics (MFS2)

Universidad de las Islas Baleares - UIB

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Master's Degree in Complex Systems Physics (MFS2)

Universidad de las Islas Baleares - UIB

What does it consist of?

Throughout the past century scientific research has been characterized by a progressive specialization and compartmentalization of knowledge, it being very difficult for a person to dominate more than one scientific field. Despite the success of this program based on a reductionist approach, the new scientific challenges require a broader vision and the establishment of synergies between research groups of different disciplines that allow to go beyond the traditional frontiers of knowledge. In particular, complex systems are characterized by the existence of emergent properties and collective behaviors generated by the interaction between a large number of elements.

Complex phenomena are present around us in a ubiquitous way, with varied examples that include the emergence of memory and consciousness in the brain, the formation of social consensus of opinion, stock market collapses, sudden traffic jams, chaotic dynamics in lasers , turbulence in fluids, vegetation patterns in sheets, etc. Phenomena related to complex systems are also used in the recognition of voice and images or quantum cryptography among many other examples. In this context, the postgraduate training offered by this Master provides its students with the necessary tools that allow them to tackle complex problems from an interdisciplinary perspective based on a solid mathematical foundation.

What will you learn?

The student who studies the master's degree in Complex Systems Physics will acquire a solid specialized and interdisciplinary training, which includes, on the one hand, fundamental and methodological aspects in the areas of complex networks, critical phenomena, dynamic systems and stochastic processes and, in another, its application to various areas where complex systems play an important role, among them, social dynamics, economics, information theory, biological processes (cellular, metabolic or neuronal signaling networks, ecology and evolution), or optoelectronic systems.

Special emphasis will be placed on the capacity for synthesis and public presentation of ideas and scientific results, competences that are developed in a specific subject of Scientific Presentation and Communication. Likewise, the student is approached to scientific research with the study of relevant original articles and their attendance at seminars. Given its international character the vehicular language will be the English that will work, necessarily, in an intense way.

What can you do when you're finished?

Given its eminently scientific orientation, students who hold a Master's degree in Complex Systems Physics will have an excellent training to face a doctorate in any subject related to the master. In particular, the University of the Balearic Islands offers a PhD Program in Physics, of which the IFISC is one of the proponent centers. Likewise, although there is no proper professional orientation, the knowledge and skills acquired are of great interest and relevance in various professional fields such as information technology, electronics and telecommunications, the financial and urban world, companies in the energy, environmental and pharmaceutical sectors. .

Access to other studies and professional opportunities

Students who hold a Master's Degree in Complex Systems Physics can apply for admission to third-cycle studies leading to obtaining a doctorate from the University of the Balearic Islands within the program of Experimental Sciences and Technology .

Admission profile and admission criteria

Taking into account the provisions of article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007 (modified by Royal Decree 861/2010):

  • To access the master's degree in complex systems physics, it will be necessary to hold an official university degree issued by a higher education institution belonging to a member state of the European Higher Education Area that allows access to master's degrees in that country.
  • Also, graduates may access according to educational systems outside the European Higher Education Area without the need for homologation of their degrees, after verification by the University that they accredit a level of education equivalent to the corresponding official Spanish university degrees and that empower in the country issuing the diploma for access to postgraduate education. The access by this way will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous title that is in possession of the interested party, nor its recognition for other purposes than that of studying the master's degree.

Given that English is used as a language throughout the training process, and in accordance with the Acord Executiu 9617 of November 2, 2010, by which the knowledge of the English language is regulated in the undergraduate studies, the master students must meet one of the following four requirements:

  • Have passed a specific English subject of the degree curriculum from which it comes.
  • Pass an English test or an interview.
  • Submit a certificate or degree with validity recognized by the UIB that accredits a minimum level of knowledge of the English language equivalent to B2 of the MERC.
  • Have passed a minimum of 18 credits of subjects of the degree taught in English.

This Master is especially indicated for students graduated in Physics, Physical Engineering or related degrees. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Master, the possibility is also foreseen that it may be taken by graduates in other disciplines related to the lines covered in the Master.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
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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