Technical Report 2016-009

On the Role of Monte Carlo Methods in Swedish M. Sc. Engineering Education

Andreas Svensson

May 2016

Monte Carlo methods have quite recently become well-established tools for scientific computations in many different fields. We raise the question whether the education has followed this development, and investigate to what extent Monte Carlo methods are present in Swedish M. Sc. engineering education today. By studying the course syllabuses, we conclude that 11% of the Swedish M. Sc. engineering students are admitted to a program with a mandatory course containing Monte Carlo methods. Further, 60% of all students have the option to actively choose a course which at least mentions Monte Carlo methods. Courses containing Monte Carlo methods are mostly on advanced level with a clear application focus, and tend to be given at the bigger universities. We thus conclude that Monte Carlo methods have found their way into the M. Sc. Engineering education, but the question about level and to what extent has perhaps not yet reached maturity among the Swedish universities.

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