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Master's Degree in Atomistic and Multiscale Computational Modelling in Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Universitat de Barcelona
Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Atomistic and Multiscale Computational Modelling in Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Master's Degree in Atomistic and Multiscale Computational Modelling in Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry

In recent years there have been enormous developments in the design of supercomputers. The increase in computing power has opened the door to the study of physical and chemical processes of interest using multiscale models and computer simulation techniques, in terms of the system size (length scale) and the duration of the process (time scale), based on the atomic-molecular elements involved. This theoretical approach has achieved a high degree of reliability and has become a fundamental tool for analysing and understanding the structure and properties of complex systems and processes. On the other hand, advanced knowledge in computer science, programming and use of management tools and analysis of large amounts of information offer a necessary complement to scientific-technical training in a work and research environment increasingly dominated by computer applications.

The interuniversity master's degree in Atomistic and Multi-Scale Computational Modelling in Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry has as its main objective to provide specialized training in the use of computational tools to study physical, chemical and biochemical problems in which the structure and properties of matter at the atomic or molecular scale is relevant. To this end, the students who complete this master's degree will acquire general and specific knowledge of the different theoretical models and simulation techniques necessary to describe a given system, depending on its size and time scale in which the process or property of interest take place. Students will receive training to use the necessary programming tools and knowledge to apply the simulation techniques they have learned, using both standard computer packages and programming the necessary applications.

The languages of instruction for this program are Spanish 30%; Catalan 35%; English 35%.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The main objective of the interuniversity master's degree in Atomistic and Multi-Scale Computational Modelling in Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry is to provide the tools to model processes of chemical, physical or biochemical interest at various size or time scales, from the atomic scale to the mesoscale. To achieve this goal, students will acquire the knowledge in quantum and statistical mechanics necessary to understand the different families of methods and approaches available according to the spatial and temporal scale. Also, during the practical sessions of these studies, students will become familiar with the practical application of these techniques (using standard computer packages or developing specific applications) and with the computer and programming tools necessary to develop them.

Another objective of this master's degree is to provide the necessary training to be able to work in R&D&I research centres, both in the public and private sectors. The practical training offered in this master's degree in different fields of computation, programming and data processing constitutes a set of very versatile, general and practical knowledge of interest for many areas of technological development, such as the analysis and modelling of big data, technological management, consulting and audit, or the development of computer applications, among others.

Tuition

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Continuing studies

An important outcome for the students who complete this master's degree and who are interested in continuing to carry out tasks of research will be the accomplishment of a doctorate in an area of research in which molecular modelling is important. In the BKC and the Barcelona hub, there are different research groups dedicated to computational modelling in different fields of Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry in which the students will be able to pursue a doctorate. Likewise, they would not have any problem should they continue their doctoral studies in any of the universities of the European Higher Education Area or other continents.

Career paths

Students who attend and complete this master's degree will be prepared to work in fundamental or applied advanced research, both in public and private R&D&I centres.

Besides, the applied knowledge of scientific models and programs that students will acquire, along with their advanced training in computer science and programming, will offer them the possibility to work in different environments. Some of them include R&D&I departments and business management units of the technology sector: companies that need to analyse complex control systems and networks, analysis and modelling of big data; pharmaceutical companies; companies dedicated to environment or energy technologies and materials; companies in technology consulting and audit, software development companies, etc.

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Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...


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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya
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