International Master Course in
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Nowadays, in order to make innovations in an advanced scientific and technological context - new materials, nanoscience, system biology, neuroscience, computation, network engineering, web economy, financial market modelling - it is mandatory to master the most advanced concepts and methodologies for complex systems. This is why we have set up a Master of Science degree program, based in prestigious sites in Italy and France, which aims to offer the best tools & techniques needed to tackle interdisciplinary problems.

The aim of the international MSc in Physics of Complex Systems is to train professionals and/or potential researchers to jointly apply knowledge and methodologies from modern physics, applied mathematics, information engineering and computational biology to the analysis, modelling and simulation of complex systems. 

The program is organized in four semesters:
  1. a first semester in Trieste at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) and ICTP (the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics) or, for the French students, in one of the Parisian universities (courses in French);
  2. a second semester in Torino at Politecnico di Torino;
  3. a third semester in Paris at a consortium involving the Universities Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6), Paris Diderot (Paris 7), Paris-Sud (Paris 11).
  4. the fourth semester is dedicated to a European multidisciplinary Spring College and to a research internship.
Admission will be granted on a competitive basis and fellowships will be available to support the mobility of the selected students.


Educational Program
The MSc Program covers the in-depth study of the following topics:

Modern physics
  • A solid background on concepts and methods of statistical and quantum solid state physics.
  • Connections with information theory (both classical and quantum) and biophysics.
  • An overview on the most advanced techniques in experimental physics and data analysis.

Information technology
  • State-of-the-art of numerical methods and simulations, both deterministic and stochastic, and their relations with statistical physics.
  • Main algorithms for combinatorial optimization and statistical inference, and their applications in bioinformatics.

Engineering applications
  • Non linear and fluid dynamics problems, soft matter (liquid crystals, polymers, membranes, gels, granular matter).

Biological systems
  • Problems in cellular systems biology, in neuroscience and molecular biology analysed in the framework of computational statistical physics.

Many courses rely on advanced mathematical methods to which specific sections of courses are dedicated. 
The Spring School during the fourth semester will propose several short courses on advanced interdisciplinary research topics.

Admission and Goals

Applications are welcome from students with a bachelor degree in physics, mathematics, and engineering.

Graduates from this MSc program will be experts in the modelling and simulation of complex systems. They can look forward to careers as researchers in development labs or computing centres, senior software engineers, biological physicists, financial analysts and more. Thanks to their strong methodological skills, they will also exploit new career opportunities offered by the most advanced companies and research institutes operating in multidisciplinary contexts. 

Graduates can access PhD programs in physics and related subjects, in particular those encountered during the MSc program (for instance information engineering, or biology at the cellular and molecular level, especially computational biology and bioinformatics). Moreover, they can get a Master degree in Nanotechnologies for ICTs at Politecnico di Torino with a small amount of supplementary exams

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