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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2013-02-21 by Dean of Education

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Engineering Physics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Bio Engineering or the equivalent



Mathematics (including Linear algebra and Mathematical analysis) and Programming

General organization:


The aim of the MSc programme in Complex Adaptive Systems is to equip the students with the problem-solving skills, modeling techniques and mathematical concepts necessary to understand and control the dynamics of complex systems in the world around us. The programme prepares students for careers in industry or academia. It is a both a natural extension of the Bachelor physics programmes at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg , as well as a  opportunity for students from other backgrounds to acquire the broad perspective and in-depth introduction to simulation techniques the programme aims to offer.


Learning outcome:

The MSc programme in Complex Adaptive intends to enable its students to achieve the following learning outcomes, fulfilling the requirements of the 'Swedish degree ordinance for the civilingenjör degree'.

1. Knowledge and understanding.
Upon completion of the programme, students should
[1.1] have obtained general knowledge of the significance of, the problems posed by, and the methods employed in understanding complex systems observed in the Natural and Engineering Sciences.
[1.2] have obtained practical experience in the mathematical analysis and computer modeling of complex systems
[1.3] have obtained significantly deepened knowledge of the presently most pressing problems, the currently employed techniques, and the recent advances in understanding complex systems in one of the following areas: adaptive systems, information & evolution, or stochastic dynamics of complex systems.

2. Skills and abilities.
 Upon completion of the programme, students should
[2.1] be able to construct mathematical models of complex systems, and make quantitative predictions based upon them, employing mathematical reasoning and  simulations
[2.2] have acquired the modeling skills to work successfully under supervision in one of the above areas, or to apply their problem-solving skills in a suitable industry project in collaboration with their academic teachers, and last but not least to use their skills effectively in new or initially unfamiliar, interdisciplinary environments.
[2.3] be able to analyse and critically evaluate technical solutions, mathematical models, and scientific approaches, and to critically and systematically integrate knowledge
[2.4] be able to plan their work  withinin given time and methodological constraints
[2.5] be able to communicate their results and conclusions (orally and in writing in national as well as in international contexts),  and to describe the hypotheses and assumptions these rest on to specialist and to non-specialist audiences.
[2.6] be able to continue to study or work independently, autonomously, and self-directed if necessary, but they should also be able to work successfully in an interdisciplinary  team.

3. Formulation of judgments and attitudes.
Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to
[3.1]  demonstrate the ability to formulate judgments considering relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects on research and development work,
[3.2] demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society and the responsibility of humans for its use, including social, economic as well as environmental and occupational health aspects, and
[3.3] demonstrate ability to identify their need for more knowledge, and to continuously develop their competence. 


Extent: 120.0 c


Courses valid the academic year 2015/2016:

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 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science. The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Engineering Physics are stated in the degree diploma. Any specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Engineering Physics

Other information:

Programme design matrix.

The idea of the programme and the courses offered are closely linked to research performed at the Departments of Environment and Energy, Applied Mechanics, Applied Physics, Physics (University of Gothenburg), and Biology (University of Gothenburg). There is a close connection to the PhD programmes in Complex Systems at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg and a number of MPCAS students have continued as PhD students in the Complex Systems Programme.

Link to industry.

Students of the programme frequently work on their MSc project at companies in the Gothenburg region, in other regions in Sweden, as well as abroad. A number of students have found employment at the Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre.

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