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Master of Science in Scientific Computing

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From the autumn 1997 you can study for Master's degree in Scientific Computing at Nada. This Programme is repeated annually, with start in August each year. The Swedish name of the degree obtained is "Teknologie Magisterexamen", which is translated into Master of Science in Scientific Computing.


Scientific Computing, a program to count with in the future

In Scientific Computing numerical methods are designed, analysed and applied for the purpose of insight in and solution of mathematical models. The fast development of hardware and software has significantly increased the importance of large scale computation in the community, and Scientific Computing is nowadays regarded as a third paradigm in combination with theory and experiment. Through computer simulation and optimization of mathematical models the time for design and control of new products and processes can be reduced considerably.

Students and teachers in the Master Programme of '98

Picture of Master students of '98


The Master Programme is offered by the School of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics D,E,F at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. The Programme is given by the Department of Numerical Analysis and Computing Science, Nada, is open to students from all over the world, and is offered free of charge. The program language is English.

The scientific course program gives profound knowledge in Scientific Computing for large industrial processes and comprises a number of areas: Numerical methods, matematical modeling, object oriented program construction, algorithms for parallel programming and applications in fluid dynamics, electro-magnetics, financial mathematics, computational physics and chemistry. More detailed course plans are given in course descriptions. At least 40 credits of the Master's program is to be taken from the courses.

Master Thesis

At the end of the course work, five months (20 credits) are spent on a thesis project which will entail solving a problem within the domain of the program. The thesis project will be conducted under the guidance of an advisor at the department. The project can originate from an industrial problem, or be suggested from one of the research groups at the department. The project is presented as a report, the Master's Thesis and, finally, in an oral seminar.


When the course program and the Master Thesis have been passed, the Degree Master of Science in Scientific Computing is awarded from KTH. The Swedish translation of this title is Teknologie Magisterexamen.

Study and Research environment

KTH is the largest Technical University in Sweden, located in Stockholm. The M.Sc. program is given by the Department of Numerical Analysis and Computing Science (Nada) which is located in the oldest building of campus in newly remodelled localities. PDC the Center for Parallel Computers, and PSCI ,Parallel and Scientific Computing Institute are both subdivisions of Nada located in the same building. PDC provides excellent supercomputing facilities with IBM SP2, Cray J90 and Fujitsu Vpp. At PSCI researchers work on problems with strong industrial influence. Several leading Swedish industrial companies have research exchanges with PSCI. Prof Björn Engquist, Nada, KTH and Dep of Math, UCLA is research leader at PSCI and head of the M.Sc. program. It is intended that M.Sc. students in the Scientific Computing program carry out their thesis work within this environment.

Students and teachers in the Master Programme of '99

Picture of Master students of '99

Program duration

Courses start at the middle of August and finish around the end of May. The thesis project is started before summer, after the first year, and continued during the autumn.


Applicants should have an academic background adequate for Scientific Computing. It is important to have a solid background in mathematics, and experience of solving problems with computers. Professional work experience in related fields will be considered as a merit. Applicants shall have completed their undergraduate studies (B.Sc., B.Eng. or equivalent thereof) or equivalent academic merits, such as 120 credits in the Swedish university system, comparable to e.g. the first three years of studies for the KTH M.Sc.(Engineering) degree.


There are no tuition fees at the KTH (apart from a small fee for obligatory membership in the Students' Union). Applicants will have to cover living expenses, travel costs and course material on their own. Applicants are therefore encouraged to seek financial suport in their countries of origin. A limited number of scholarships may become available from the Sweden, see the APPLICATION NOTES. Observe that KTH has no scholarships to offer Master students.

Application procedure and further information

The deadline for application for the next Programme start, i.e. autumn 2003, is Febr 1st 2003.
If you want to apply, please read carefully the following APPLICATION NOTES

Then print out the following APPLICATION FORM
The application form can also be sent to you from the contact person below.

The filled out application form should be sent to the contact person of the Programme Lennart Edsberg
Nada, KTH
S-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

Phone: +46 8 790 8119
Fax: +46 8 790 0930

Further information about the program can also be obtained from this person.

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