Computational Physics – University of Copenhagen

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Computational Physics

Computational Physics is a specialisation of the MSc programme in Physics. It is founded on the paradigm that practically all computationa problems have a root in physics.

most problems in physics are too complicated for a straightforward comparison between theory and experiment, and even given the theoretical background, the consequences may be impossible to comprehend. Computational Physics builds a bridge between theoretical and experimental science, and with the advances in computing power, the field has become integral in almost all sciences. Alse, the data handling itself has become part of the topic (Big Data).

In this specialisationyou will use your physical understanding to develop advanced statistical methods and algorithms, and to work with simulation and data analysis on high scientific level. You will learn a number of methods enabing you to find the physics behind the data.

The specialisation allows you to solve a wide range of problems numerically. You learn to choose the optimal solution method and evaluate the fidelity of the result.

Computation physics spans courses within e.g. machine learning and data mangement, parallel computing, distributed systems and courses with a computational focus within a physics topic such as astrophysics, biophysics or geophysics.

Study Track

You can design a study track by choosing elective or restricted elective courses that allow you to delve more deeply into a given area during your specialisation. We have composed a study track which is particularly suitable for the specialisation in Computational Physics (click the link below to see the study track):

However, you may also choose to customise your programme with a mix of courses and projects that satisfy your own interests.

Programme structure

The Computational Physics specialisation can be structured in three different ways, depending on the size of your thesis as well as when you start working on your thesis.

Course of study 1 – thesis 60 ECTS, work beginning in the first year of the programme:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1
Scientific Computing Inverse Problems
Thesis
Year 2
Thesis
Thesis

Course of study 2 – thesis 60 ECTS, work beginning in the second year of the programme:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Scientific Computing Inverse Problems
Year 2 Thesis

Course of study 3 – thesis 45 ECTS, work beginning in the second year of the programme:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Scientific Computing Inverse Problems
Year 2
Thesis
Thesis

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.