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Atomistic and Multiscale Computational Modelling in Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Introduction

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.

Learning objectives

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.

Basic Information

Interuniversity:
Yes
Main university:
  • Universitat Barcelona
Universities:
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya


Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan (35%), Spanish (35%), English (30%)
Number of places available:
 25
Approximate price:
 46,50 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2019-2020
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Chemistry
Master's degree course homepage:
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