Master's Degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics (MFMA)

Academic year 2017-18 | 60 credits | 30 places

New student profile and admission criteria

The recommended access profile is that of a research-oriented student, with a previous background consisting in either a Physics or Mathematics degree, or a double degree in Physics and Mathematics.

In any case, the Master Studies Council will decide about the admission of students, according to the following criteria:

  • Academic record of the previous studies.
  • Professional experience.
  • A declaration of objectives, including the personal motivation of the candidate and the reasons leading him/her to apply for admission in the Master.

The academic record and the professional experience will have a joint value of 70%, whereas the declaration of objectives will have a value of 30%. In the case of disabled or special needs students, positive action measures will be considered in order to ensure the access of these students, provided that they fulfill the conditions specified in the current regulation.

Academic and professional goals

The objective of the University Master in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics (MFMA) is to provide an advanced training, specially oriented to graduate students aiming to enter later in a Doctorate program.

It is then a Master basically oriented towards research. This requires a structure making possible the specialization in some research areas with a premium quality. The UIB is awarded with the mention of International Excellence Campus (http://www.e-mta.eu/), including the line of Physics, Computing and Applications, (http://www.e-mta.eu/line-of-physics-computation-and-applications-lpca/). In this line, there are some research groups that have been developing an international-level first rank task during years. This is why five specialties are offered, directly related with those groups:

  • Relativity and Astrophysics
  • Geophysical Fluids
  • Materials Physics
  • Quantum Systems
  • Applied Mathematics

Most of the socially relevant problems have many faces, and addressing them requires both general vision and the ability to connect ideas. In this context, the Master is not offering specialties as watertight compartments.

Access to other study programmes and career opportunities

The official Master degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics will allow the student to apply for Ph.D. programmes in Physics or in Mathematics at the Universitat de les Illes Balears, or the corresponding ones at other Universities.

Structure of the study programme

The subjects are available in the website - section "Subjects" of this master's degree.

Depending on the itinerary chosen by the student, there are five specialties available: Relativity and Astrophysics, Geophysical Fluids, Materials Physics, Quantum Systems, Applied Mathematics.

There is room as well for a generalistic itinerary, without specialty, that can be configured by the student by choosing freely among all the proposed subjects. In any case, both for the generalistic and the specialized itineraries, the student should complete a total of 60 credits, with the following distribution:

  • 36 credits, to be freely chosen among the proposed subjects. For specialized itineraries, a minimum of 18 credits must correspond to subjects belonging to the chosen specialty module.
  • Within this 36 credits block, a maximum of 12 credits can be computed from other research-oriented University Masters, organized or participated by the UIB.
  • 24 credits from the Master's Thesis .

The proposed subjects include some complements, not assigned to any specialty, in matters like Computing, Data Analysis, Complex Systems and Electronics, as well as the possibility of attending Research Seminars or participating in Scientific Conferences.

Specialities

Specialty: Astrophysics and Relativity

  • Relativity and Geometry
  • Gravitational waves
  • Black Holes
  • Elements of Numerical Relativity
  • Introduction to Solar Physics
  • Solar MHD: foundations
  • Solar MHD: applications
  • Numerical simulations in MHD

Specialty: Geophysical Fluids

  • Foundations of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
  • Turbulence and atmospheric boundary layer
  • Mesoscale circulations
  • Predictability
  • Geophysical fluids dynamics
  • Waves and instabilities in geophysical fluids
  • Spatial analysis and data assimilation
  • Numerical simulation of geophysical fluids

Specialty: Materials Physics

  • Solid state phase transformations
  • Materials Physics
  • Functional materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Magnetism and magnetic materials
  • Structural and microstructural materials characterization
  • Materials physical properties characterization

Specialty: Quantum Systems

  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Quantum correlations
  • Entangled quantum systems
  • Electronic nanostructures
  • Lasers
  • Spintronics

Specialty: Applied Mathematics

  • Introduction to dynamical systems
  • Periodic solutions of ordinary differential equations
  • Mathematical models in neurosciences
  • Mathematical models in image restoration
  • Image processing and applications
  • Introduction to sub-pixel images
  • Finite volume methods for hyperbolic problems

Complementary subjects

  • Distributed computing
  • Finite elements simulations
  • Stochastic simulation methods
  • Cooperative phenomena and critical
  • phenomena: applications
  • Research seminars
  • Research stays
  • Massive data analysis techniques
  • Instrumentation and data acquisition
  • Signal processing and communications
  • MEMS transducers
  • Transmission electronic microscopy
  • Scientific presentation and visualization

 

Final Exam

Memory and public dissertation of the End-of-Master project

Evaluation criteria and exams

A continuous evaluation process will take place, as detailed in the academic guide of each subject. (Website section "Subjects")

ECTS professor coordinator

The academic coordination will be carried out by the Master Studies Council, presided by the Master Director.

Dr. Jaime Pons Morro
Department
Physics, UIB.
Telephone
(34) 971 17 3217