• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

About

The Master of Science degree in Computational Science at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) provides an innovative combination of methodological and applied competencies in both computational and data science, which endow students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to operate at the forefront of science and industry.

Computational Science is not to be confused with Computer Science, which deals with the science and engineering of computers. Computational Science represents a broader approach to interdisciplinary problems and projects, using computer simulations in model based approaches that represent the interaction between theory and experiment.

Career Prospects

Career opportunities for computational scientists are continuously expanding and changing. The future is very promising for graduates with in-depth knowledge and understanding of mathematical modellling and computer systems. The advanced technical and problem-solving skills developed by our graduates are highly valued by employers. In addition, a successful completion of the MCS also provides preferential access to the PhD in Computational Science offered at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • High-Performance Computing
  • Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
  • Numerical Algorithms
  • Introduction to Data Science

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    65

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  • Minimum required score:

    513

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General Requirements

  • The MCS is a highly-selective program designed for students with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, and applied statistics. 
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in the field of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, or related disciplines granted by an accredited university. 
  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in the social sciences with adequate computational and analytical training will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7140 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3570 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3570 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1785 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • CHF 4,000 per semester
  • Applicants whose official residence was in Switzerland pay semester fee of CHF 2,000.

Living costs for Lugano

  • 1516 - 2140 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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