MSc in “Computational Physics of Soft and Living Matter”

In the academic year 2021/2022, 3 MSc routes will be offered to students interested in specializing in computational physics of soft and living matter (CPSLM). These routes—described in detail below—are tailored for students with different inclinations (theory/computation).

1. General Physics and Astronomy route

This route is highly-flexible, and is most appropriate for students that wish to focus on CPSLM. To take this route, students must enrol in the General Physics and Astronomy (GPA) MSc track; in this track students need to complete 36ECs of elective courses from Physics and related disciplines (restrictions apply). In addition, students can choose 18ECs from any UvA/VU MSc program, and are expected to complete a 60EC research thesis, and 6EC of academic skills.

Here we provide a recommended program (of elective courses, towards the required 36EC): Table 1 Additional recommendations as free electives (towards the required 18EC): Table 2

2. Theoretical Physics route—Statistical Physics “Building Block”

In this route students must enrol in the Theoretical Physics MSc track. This track involves a compulsory component of 21EC = 6EC Condensed Matter Theory + 9EC of quantum field theory + 6EC student seminar. Students must also complete 21ECs of elective courses selected from Physics and related disciplines, and 6EC of academic skills. In addition, students can choose 12ECs from any UvA/VU MSc program (“free electives”), and are expected to complete a 60EC research thesis. This route caters to students with a strong inclination towards theoretical statistical physics.

Here we provide a recommended program for electives, towards the required 21EC: Table 3 For the sake of completeness, the compulsory component of the theory track is provided here: Table 4 As free electives we recommend:

  • 1) Basic Probability: Theory† (block 1, 3EC, IvI).
  • 2) Scientific Computing and Programming (block 4, 6EC, HIMS/VU).
  • 3) Complex System Simulation (block 6, 6EC, IvI).  

3. Computational Science route – “Computational Chemistry and Physics” Application Domain

In this route students enrol in the Computational Science MSc track (within the Informatics Institute). This track involves (i) a 24EC compulsory component, (ii) a 30EC “restricted-choice” component, (iii) a 24EC “free-choice” component, and (iv) a research thesis of 42EC. This route is suitable for students oriented towards computational science and data analysis. Below are recommendations for components (ii) & (iii).

Here we provide a recommended program for the Restricted-choice elective courses (1st year): Table 5 Next we provide a recommended program for the Free-choice elective courses: Table 6 For the sake of completeness, the compulsory program (1st year) is provided here: Table 7

Amsterdam PI’s interested in supervising CPSLM MSc projects:

Name Institute(s) email webpage
Greg Stephens VU/Physics of Life g.j.stephens@vu.nl webpage
Chase Broedersz VU/Physics of Life c.p.broedersz@vu.nl webpage
Tristan Bereau UvA/IvI & UvA/HIMS t.bereau@uva.nl webpage
Y. Artzy-Randrup UvA/IBED y.a.artzy-randrup@uva.nl webpage
Mazi Jalaal UvA/WZI m.jalaal@uva.nl webpage
Clelia de Mulatier UvA/ITFA & UvA/IvI c.m.c.demulatier@uva.nl webpage
Sara Jabbari Farouji UvA/ITFA s.jabbarifarouji@uva.nl webpage
Bela Mulder AMOLF mulder@amolf.nl webpage
Corentin Coulais UvA/WZI c.j.m.coulais@uva.nl webpage
Edan Lerner UvA/ITFA e.lerner@uva.nl webpage

For additional information contact: e.lerner@uva.nl