With the rapid development of modern supercomputing facilities, Computational Science, i.e. the numerical simulation of real-world problems in natural and social sciences, engineering, material science, finance, biology, and medicine, has become an increasingly important pillar for our modern knowledge and technology driven society. The master program in "Advanced Mathematics and Computational Science (AMCS)" at USI, through the unique combination of mathematical, informatical and applied courses aims at building  deep competences in applied mathematics and computational science with a strong background in informatics and in the development of scientific software. The successful student will acquire strong competences in abstract thinking within a methodology and application oriented education,  which will provide the ability to  deal with complex  models in, e.g., mathematics, physic, chemistry, life science or finance. Moreover, the AMCS master will enable the student to learn the paradigms that allow to apply these competences directly to real-world problems, thus enabling a direct transfer of theoretical competences and method based knowledge to practical problems. The program not only prepares students for current and evolving technologies in computer sciences but also will strongly deepening their knowledge in mathematical and algorithmic methodologies.

Details of the AMCS


AMCS Master Thesis

  Scientific Visualization

 Advanced Discretization Methods

Elective Courses in AMCS or Informatics (Computational Data Analysis, Shape Analysis, Intelligent Systems, ...)

Seminar (Elective)

Scientific and Technical Communication

 Computational Stochastic Methods

 Linear and Nonlinear Multiscale Solution Techniques

Summer School on Computer Simulations and Engineering

 Elective in Informatics or AMCS

 Parallel and Distributed Computing Lab

Special Topics in Informatics and AMCS

 Computational Deterministic Methods

 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations

Algorithms and Complexity

Advanced Programming and Design

 Parallel and Distributed Computing

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Career opportunities

Skills and practical competences acquired in the USI AMCS master will find application in a broad range of industries that imply dealing with computer modeling of real-life phenomena, e.g.: aerospace and transportation, chemical and pharmaceutical  industry, communications service providers, computer service and software firms, consulting, banks, insurances, energy providers, automotive industry, electronics and computer manufacturers and oil industry (just to mention few examples of  working areas).Careers opportunities in Marketing and communication for Switzerland’s strong pharmaceutical industry, as well as Bio-tech and insurance companies, as well as governments, and health organizations.

Financing your studies

Information on study grants at USI can be found  here.
There is also the possibility to work as a research student assiastant in one of the projects at ICS. This kind of work will let you be part of a research time and will help you financing your studies.
Please send a cv and a letter of intent to the academic director of the AMCS  illia.horenko (at) usi.ch if you are interested in this opportunity.

Teaching Approach & Experiential Learning

We strongly emphasize a project based approach ensuring continuous experience on real-life problem solving based on a sound theoretical background, English as a teaching language, state-of-the-art knowlegde in methodology and development, and access to high-performance computing resources. Our teaching faculty convey a strongly interdisciplinary method for solving problems, still focusing either more on the mathematical or the informatics aspect of the discipline. Students are continuously working with our prestigious research partners on a national and international level and are involved in projects from various application domains, fostering experiential "learning by doing". Our research partners are ETH Zurich, the Swiss Centre for Scientific Computing CSCS, the Jülich Supercomputer Centre, the EPFL in Lausanne, the Université de Genève and the Cardiocentro Ticino CCT, among others. We benefit from our close collaboration with the CSCS which hosts one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, ranking place 6 on the TOP 500 list 2013.

The successful combination of interdisciplinary teaching and experiential learning has earned ICS a lot of recognition from the industry for educating the professionals and scientists of tomorrow. The prolific partnerships that form during these close application oriented collaborations are often the basis for future entrepreneurial activities and employments for our alumni.




Faculty of the ICS

Our internationally renowned teaching faculty are active participants on Swiss and international research projects and networks and have made extensive contributions to the Computational Science research community. Our faculty hold numerous honorary degrees from world renowned universities and have published a variety of outstanding, award winning publications and are editors of major peer reviewed journals in Computational Science. Among our most recently awarded prizes and grants are the "Marcel Benoist Prize" of the Swiss federal Department of Home affairs as well as two prestigious ERC grants from the European Research Council.

Our faculty is also very dedicated to fostering education in Computational Science. The faculty's excellence at teaching and mentoring constantly earns us campus recognition. An exceptionally high professor to student ratio and open door policy both contribute to a close contact and a very personal, informal and thriving teaching environment with a collegial atmosphere. Visiting professors from renowned universities complement the top-quality teaching.



“Now being one of the largest institutes in Switzerland devoted to computational science, ICS offers a broad range of educational and research activities, being embedded into a dense network of national and international cooperation partners.”

Professor Rolf Krause

Chair for Advanced Scientifi c Computing and
Director of the Institute of Computational Science, USI


“Being part of a multidisciplinary and international team broadened my perspective... The experience I gathered and qualification I achieved gives me a significant edge on the job market and allowed me to find my dream job right after graduation.”

Dorian Krause, Ph.D.



“The new curriculum in Computational Sciences at USI will offer a great balance of theoretical depth and practical experience to prepare the students to become leaders in that revolution.”

Dr. Peter Messmer

Director NVIDIA Co-Design Center Zurich, Switzerland


“The education and experience, gained through my studies, provide a stable foundation not only for a scientific but also for an engineering or financial career, e.g. as data or risk analyst.”

Olga Kaiser, Ph.D.



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