Computational Science

Computational Science is one of the key technologies of presence and future. Computational science is used for simulation, prediction, evaluation, analysis, risk assessment, development and optimization, and can be found virtually everywhere.

By combining mathematical knowledge with informatics, computational science provides unseen new perspectives for science, research and economy. Exploiting the capabilities of modern numercial methods and supercomputers, increasingly complex problems can be tackled – in economy, finance, pharmacy, medicine, R&D, natural-, environmental-, and social-sciences, bio-medicine, or engineering sciences.


ICS is the largest institute in Switzerland devoted exclusively to computational science. Imbedded into a dense network of national and international cooperation partners, ICS carries out high-level research in computational science in eight research groups with a general focus on life sciences, environmental sciences, economy, and engineering.

Graduate Education & Career

ICS offers a full-time Master Program in Computational Science, which comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters (usual duration 2 years) and is entirely offered in English. Direct contact to the teaching professors and to state-of-the-art research carried out at ICS allow for high-level education with personalized study plans.

This unique master has been designed explicitly as an interdisciplinary education program, thus providing a superior combination of skills and competences. Graduates from our master program have exciting career prospects that range from economy and finance over medicine, life sciences, engineering and research to management and also consulting.

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    The spleen and its effect on red blood cells

    The size and shape of red blood cells could be determined by the spleen, or so it would seem from simulations on ‘Piz Daint’. July 27, 2016 Based on a study done in the late 1960s, it was assumed that capillaries in the circulatory system determined the size of red blood cells. Red blood...

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  • Learning from the best

    Learning from the best

    The goal of one of USI’s intensive courses taught by guest lecturers and experts: to use supercomputer hardware efficiently for simulations. The Institute of Computational Science sees guest lecturers as an opportunity to recruit the best in the world in their fields. Physicists Gerhard Wellein...

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  • Pioneering and productive – Master’s in Computational Science

    Pioneering and productive – Master’s in Computational Science

    The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) has offered a Master’s degree at the Institute of Computational Science since 2014. The aim of the course is to teach the students comprehensive skills and knowhow on the methodology and tools of computational science. Although the programme is...

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  • “The students quickly become research and practically minded”

    “The students quickly become research and practically minded”

    With the Master’s in Computational Science, the comparatively small Swiss Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano offers a degree programme that is unrivalled in Switzerland. In this interview, two mathematicians – founder and director of the institute Professor Rolf Krause, and...

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