Master Programme in
Computational Science

The education

To be able to use, develop and apply computer simulations in an application area a solid background is needed not only in the application area itself, but also in computational methods, advanced computers, software, mathematical and statistical models. The master programme will meet that challenge. Through the great extent of elective courses the programme can partly be tailor-made, taking individual educational background, interests and different application areas into account.


The programme consists of a mixture of core and elective courses, and the precise programme content is very much dependent on individual preferences. To complete the programme a minimum of 30hp core courses is required. The elective courses is chosen within one area of specialisation. Typical areas are chemistry, physics, biology, computer science or mathematics.
Below is the general structure shown. The courses in the table are the core courses only. For a more detailed list, see Course List 2013/2014.

Year 1
Autumn term Spring term
Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Scientific Computing III
Scientific Computing, bridging course
Scientific Vizualisation
Finite Element Methods
Programming of Parallel Computers High Performance Computing and Programming
Programming, bridging course Research Training in Scientific Computing
Elective course Elective course Elective course Elective courses

Year 2
Autumn term Spring term
Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4
Applied Scientific Computing Project in Computational Science Master thesis project
Elective courses Elective courses    

Among the elective courses are for example Computational Physics, Computational Chemistry, Applied mathematics, Computer Graphics, Database Design, Software Engineering.

Link to research groups

Uppsala University is an internationally highly renowned research institution. Many groups at the university perform leading research in areas that contributes to the programme. The lecturers are active researchers in world-class groups in e.g. Materials Physics, Molecular Biology and Scientific Computing. They contribute with international research contacts at the highest level, opening possibilities for e.g. MSc thesis projects at leading institutions abroad. Also, some courses in the program are developed and given in collaboration with lecturers at such institutions abroad.