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MSc in Computational Science

Università della Svizzera italiana
Length: 2 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Master's degree
Location: Lugano
Language: English
Start date: Fall 2018

Program description

Program description

Prepare for a Career as a Modelling and Simulation Professional

With a Master of Science in Computational Science, you will receive advanced mathematical modeling and high performance methods training in numerical simulation 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 bio-medical, environmental, materials, and engineering sciences.

Throughout the studies, the student will continuously work on projects, in close collaboration with ICS partners such as CSCS and SUPSI. The program combines strong competences in advanced scientific computing, informatics and high performance computing and provides a unique research environment.

Personal assistance and mentoring is a natural part of the modern teaching environment of the MSc in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science program due to the high ratio between the number of professors and that of students.

The program also features a project-based approach ensuring continuous experience on real life problem solving based on a sound theoretical background and state-of-the-art knowledge in methodology and development.

If you want to pursue a career as a modelling and simulation professional, the MSc in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science is the right program for you!

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for the MSc in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science are:

  • A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognized academic institution in the field of computer science, mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, or related disciplines.
  • Fundamental knowledge in computer science, mathematics, numerical analysis, software development. Example: Bachelor in informatics with good mathematical knowledge, bachelor in mathematics with good knowledge in informatics, bachelor in engineering sciences or application area with good knowledge in mathematics and informatics.
  • A good command of English is needed, applicants, whose first degree was not taught in English and whose mother tongue is not English, must provide a certificate to state a knowledge of English at least at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference.
  • For candidates missing some particular knowledge, a "qualifying semester" could be introduced. In this semester, the master-candidates would attend selected Bachelor courses.

Tuition & fees

The semester fees are CHF 4,000. For candidates resident in Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Campione d'Italia at the time of the final high school exam (maturità), the semester fee is CHF 2,000.


For the academic year 2018/2019, the Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana will award a total of 60 one-off study grants of the amount of CHF 4'000 each. The merit-based grants are given to the students admitted to the first year of a USI Master programme starting in September 2018.

Università della Svizzera italiana organises a contest for 10 study grants for students admitted to the first year of one of the Master programs offered by the Faculty of Informatics for the academic year 2018/2019.

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USI Università della Svizzera italiana is a member of the Swiss university system and the only Italian-speaking university in Switzerland. It is a multi-lingual university with courses taught in Italian and English and it has a strong international orientation. USI’s...

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Università della Svizzera italiana

Via Giuseppe Buffi 13,
6900 Lugano

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