Master's Degree in Physics of Complex Systems

Academic year 2024-25

You can also consult this information for the academic year 2023-24.

General information about Master's theses

The Master's Thesis (TFM) comprises the production of an original academic work specifically written for this purpose, where students must individually apply the skills acquired throughout the programme under the supervision of one or more tutors. Depending on the profiles for each curriculum, the thesis shall enable the assessment of students' professional, educational and/or initial research abilities.

The information below covers each of the stages in TFM academic and administrative management in accordance with the Agreement of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies Management Committee whereby the internal regulations for writing and assessing master's theses at the University of the Balearic Islands are approved and which came into force in the 2020-21 academic year.

Master's Thesis Registration

Students must register for the TFM subject within the registration or extended registration deadlines set by the CEP before being able to move on to the next stages in the process. In turn, each degree may set the conditions and requirements to be fulfilled by students for registration on the TFM (where applicable, these requirements shall be stated in the TFM course guide and in the specific information section for each programme).

The maximum number of registrations to pass the TFM subject is four, plus one additional registration which shall be granted by the Centre for Postgraduate Studies management team upon approval by the master's supervisory team.

Where the viva defence of the master's thesis cannot be held in the same academic year as the initial registration year, an annual and consecutive registration may be granted for academic tutoring to undertake the viva defence. The registration for academic tutoring shall count as a second registration and, where students do not pass the TFM after the tutoring period, any subsequent re-registrations shall count as ordinary registrations.

In any event, where students undertake the TFM viva defence and are given a fail mark, they must request an ordinary re-registration and cannot request a registration merely for academic tutoring.

Assigning Proposals and Tutors

Each programme shall publish the list of proposals or general areas where students registered for the programme TFM may undertake their work. The proposals or areas shall state one or several lecturers who can act as tutors.

The proposals shall be assigned in line with the procedure established for each programme (where applicable, this procedure shall be included in the specific information section for each programme) and it is the responsibility of all tutors to ensure the academic quality of the TFMs.

Undertaking Theses at Collaborating Organisations

Theses may be undertaken at collaborating organisations that have signed an agreement with the UIB (agreement template). The thesis topic must be submitted beforehand to <>.

Students who undertake their theses at a collaborating organisation shall be selected in accordance with the terms for the relevant selection procedure set out in the agreement appendix, and as per available spots at each organisation.

The collaborating organisation will appoint a programme coordinator for the entire duration of the stay. The coordinator shall ensure students receive a suitable welcome and training, as well as appropriate management over their academic activities.

In turn, the UIB will appoint a tutor to ensure the academic quality of the thesis.

Ownership of any intellectual or industrial property rights arising from the thesis shall be governed as per the relevant current regulations. Where applicable, what is set out in the agreements signed with public or private institutions which have provided funding or contributed to the implementation of these agreements shall also apply.

Registration of the Master's Thesis Project

Registering for the TFM represents a learning contract between students and the tutor(s).

Once the TFM proposal is assigned to students, they shall formalise the registration of their master's thesis project within the deadlines set for each degree programme (please see the specific information section for the programme) via the following application: which enables students to monitor their request.

Please bear in mind that the registration application should:

  • State the provisional project title (without the use of capital letters except where necessary)
  • State the tutor(s) name and surname(s), as well as their correct e-mail address (this should be checked carefully as this is the communication method where tutors shall accept tutoring of the TFM to finalise registration of the project)
  • Include an attached thesis script in PDF format not surpassing 100MB.

Submission of the Master's Thesis

TFM submission is deemed to be a thesis assessment request made by students.

The TFM may be submitted within the deadlines set for each programme (please see the specific information section for each programme) as long as the students' registration application has been accepted and they have paid the registration and admin fees.

Submission comprises a two-step process. Firstly, students must submit an assessment request over the following application:, where they will be able to monitor the entire process. 

You need to take the following into account when filling in the form:

  • The thesis report must be attached in PDF format as per the regulations set for each programme (and not surpass 100MB in size)
  • The thesis cover must follow the format for the
          Master's Thesis Cover [en]
          Portada del TFM [ca]
          Portada del TFM [es]
  • Where the thesis contains appendices in other formats (audio, video, etc.) that cannot be included in the PDF report, these shall also be attached to the electronic request form
  • Students must also fill in the TFM distribution licence to state whether they accept their work being available as open access or not in the institutional repository for public consultation.

The second necessary step to complete TFM submission comprises depositing the thesis in PDF format (in exactly the same manner as mentioned in the previous point) in the task section that the TFM supervisor has enabled for this purpose in the programme's TFM subject area on Aula Digital. The thesis shall be checked through plagiarism detection tools and a report produced and made available to each tutor and panel member when accepting the TFM submission, as well as in the assessment process by the panel. 

Master's Thesis Viva Defence

The TFM presentation and defence must be a public event where students make an oral presentation before a minimum three-person panel comprising the chair, secretary and one further member. Once the presentation is finished, the panel will open a Q&A session on aspects linked to the thesis.

The TFM viva defence shall be run within the deadlines set for each programme (please see the specific information section for each programme). In order to undertake the TFM viva, students must have passed all other necessary credits to be awarded the degree. Notwithstanding the above, students may defend their TFM with a maximum of one subject still to be passed, where this is allowed by the specific regulations for the TFM on the programme published on the respective website (please see the specific information section for the programme).

The programme may designate one or several TFM panels. Where the programme designates a specific panel for each TFM, this must be done within a maximum deadline of ten working days from the official submission date of the thesis. Once the designation is notified, the chair of the panel (or head of the TFM or programme management) shall convene the other members, tutor(s) and student to present and defend the thesis within ten working days at most.

In exceptional circumstances where the TFM contains information that could be deemed confidential, the presentation and viva procedure may be modified as per what is set out in article 10 of the Regulations for writing and assessing master's theses at the University of the Balearic Islands. In order for the TFM specifications subject to data or results protection processes to apply, students or tutors must make a reasoned request addressed to the CEP at the time of submission.

Master's Thesis Assessment

Each programme shall establish its TFM assessment criteria, which shall be made public every academic year and be taken into account by the panel when grading the TFM (please see the specific information section for each programme). Once the TFM presentation and viva are finalised, the panel shall deliberate on students' attainment level and then award a mark for the thesis, which shall be included in students' academic records.

Resources on Academic Plagiarism, Turnitin and AI.

Web resources from the UIB library: Definition, regulations and other topics related to plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Integridad académica y plagio (Academic integrity, plagiarism and how to include the ideas of others into our work): Author: González Teruel, Aurora - Date: 2019 - (Educational Innovation, University of Valencia) Video on YouTube

Information about accessing Turnitin reports: UIB Turnitin Webinar.

Unlocking the Power of Generative AI Models and Systems such as GPT-4 and ChatGPT for Higher Education: PDF

Resources for Master's Thesis Tutors

Since the first step to check for plagiarism comes from those tutoring theses, tutors are recommended to review the 'Resources on Academic Plagiarism and Turnitin' section on this website.

Guide for master's thesis tutors [ca]

Specific information about theses for the Master's Degree in Physics of Complex Systems

There is no specific information for the Master's thesis on this degree programme.

Defended Master's thesis

Link to the institutional repository (DSPACE)

  • Heterogeneous volatility in language shift models
  • Theoretical and numerical study of the Cahn-Hilliard equation
  • Age of infection disease modeling: from Kermack and McKendrick to multi-compartment models
  • Aging effects in Coordination games
  • Anticipated synchronization in stochastic individual-based models
  • Artificial neural networks through the lens of dynamical systems theory and temporal networks
  • Asymmetric switching in bilingual communities
  • Big Data, memes, information diffusion in online social networks and opinion dynamics
  • Functional networks of weather events propagation between airports
  • Higher-order interactions as stabilising mechanism for competitive communities
  • How efficient is air transport? A network perspective
  • Inference of leadership networks of marine megafauna from acoustic data
  • Lagrangian studies in the Western Mediterranean Sea
  • Local Probing of dynamical phase transitions by repeated partial information erasure
  • Non-linear transitions in air transport delays: models and data
  • Time and wavelength multiplexing in photonic neural networks
  • Analysis and the action curve of Agent_Zero: Theory and simulation
  • Analysis of the European air route network: properties, evolution and resilience
  • Characterization of hypergraphs in ecological networks
  • coevolution in coordination games
  • Creativity as a Random Walk Search on a Semantic Network
  • Deep learning applied to the analysis of dissolved carbon dioxide in coastal areas of the Balearic Sea
  • Effects of passive dendritic arborization on neuronal response in extended integrate and fire models
  • Epidemiological approach to tau propagation in Alzheimer's disease
  • Generating functional analysis of Lotka-Volterra equations with Hebbian couplings
  • In search of Anticipated Synchronization in the Dentate Gyrus
  • Modeling preferences in language contact
  • Multilayer analysis of online social interactions
  • Network analysis of marine fauna movement
  • Network-based measure of the Finite Size Lyapunov Exponent
  • Partisan Voter Model: Noise-Induced Transitions
  • Precipitation sources and moisture transport in atmospheric rivers from a Lagrangian perspective
  • Quantifying mobility responses to COVID-19 containment strategies in Spain
  • Sampling rare trajectories in stochastic processes
  • Seagrass spatiotemporal dynamics with a time-dependent mortality
  • The effects of coherence in quantum absorption refrigerators
  • Understanding the effects of COVID-19 on Financial Market Structures: A study of the USA & Brazil
  • A compartmental model for vector transmitted diseases: an application to Xylella fastidiosa
  • A normal form for excitable vegetation dynamics
  • Cell migration in cancer metastasis
  • Detecting zealots in the Noisy Voter Model using Bayesian inference
  • Effects of control limitations on the power grid fluctuations
  • Evolutionary Game Tehroy with payoff fluctuations: Bet-Hedging
  • Influence of measurements on Continuous Variable Quantum Reservoir Computing
  • Information processing in homophilic and heterophilic social networks: simple vs. complex contagion
  • Spontaneous synchronization in spin systems
  • Statistical Physics in a three-state extended voter model
  • Understanding migrations in Central America and Mexico using geolocated data
  • Aggression-affiliation Motifs in Bottlenose Dolphins’ Social Networks
  • Analysis and Simulation of a Palma De Mallorca Hospital Emergency Department
  • Behavioral Phenotypes in Evolutionary Games on Networks
  • Collective Effects in Voltage-gated Protein Ensembles
  • Competition between mediterranean clonal seagrasses
  • Competition for attention in social networks - An ecological approach
  • Dynamic Information Routing in Neuronal Circuits
  • Effects of third order dispersion on the instabilities of Kerr frequency combs
  • Explosive transitions in site percolaction
  • Fundamentals of information processing on an analog reservoir computer
  • Hypoxic response in cancer progression: modeling HIF activation
  • Machine learning for remote sensing of Xylella
  • Modelling the Mass Mortality Event of Pinna nobilis
  • Perturbations propagation in self-organized patterns
  • Portfolio Optimization with Random Matrix Theory and Artificial Neural Networks
  • Propagation of defaults in banking networks
  • Spatiotemporal patterns in the Turing-Takens-Bogdanov scenario
  • Stochastic and Deterministic approaches to the Generalised Random Lotka-Volterra Communities
  • The role of coherence in Quantum Reservoir Computing
  • A market model for exploitation and cooperation using the Minority Game
  • Constructive role of plasticity rules in reservoir computing
  • Data analysis and modeling of patient flow in emergency services in hospitals
  • Detecting the topological phases of the Kitaev model via complex network analysis
  • Information processing using optoelectronic delayed systems: influence of an additional delay
  • Modelling Residential Segregation for Economical Reasons
  • Multilayer reservoir computing to overcome the memory-nonlinearity trade-off
  • Network description of dynamical systems: The clustering coefficent
  • Noisy voter model with partial aging and anti-aging
  • Phase space reconstruction of semiconductor laser dynamics using reservoir computing
  • Price Dynamics in a Model of Leveraged Based Investment
  • State transfer in Open Quantum Systems
  • Stochastic games on Networks: a study on Prisioner’s Dilemma and Public Good Games
  • Studying national and international migration flows with Twitter data
  • Study of cluster crystals with two different stochastic models and two different repulsive potentials
  • Vegetation Front Dynamics
  • A Consumer-Resource Description of Public-Goods Production in Microbes
  • Active cluster crystals with Vicsek-like alignment interaction
  • Application of a neural mass model to study phase-amplitude coupling
  • Autonomous dynamical systems based on hardware implementations of delay-reservoir computers
  • Cluster Crystals under an external flow
  • Collective motion of Brownian walkers in a Birth-Death gradient
  • Complex Photonic Systems for Post-Processing Communication Signals
  • Front motion in a non-local Fisher-Kolmogorov-Petrovskii-Piscunov (FKPP) equation
  • Memory in Idiotypic Network Dynamics
  • The noisy voter model with contrarian agents: a theoretical and computational study
  • Dynamics of attracting Brownian particles
  • Exact Computation of Percolation Cluster Sizes in Finite Networks
  • Field theory for recurrent mobility
  • Financial contagion in the interbank market
  • Improved detection of collective rhythms in multi-channel electroencephalography signals
  • Modelling Quorum-Sensing mechanisms in bacterial populations
  • Multiple options noisy voter model: application to European elections
  • Searching Chimera States in the Nonlocal Complex Ginzburg Landau Equation
  • Sincronització quàntica en sistemes optomecànics
  • Sobre la forma de l'espai semàntic. Què podem deduir de les propietats estadístiques de llarga escala de textos?
  • Synchronization in a Neural Mass Model
  • Universality of the fundamental diagram in pedestrian dynamics. A study based on social force models.
  • "Dynamics of vascular branching morphogenesis"
  • "Photonic Reservoir Computing: the role of the Mach-Zehnder modulator"
  • Cooperative Epidemic Spreading
  • Inelastic effects on thermoelectric transport through Coulomb systems
  • Network properties of genotype-phenotype mappings
  • Neural circuit in the hippocampal region
  • Noise Effects in Kerr Frequency Combs
  • Pattern formation in clonal planrs
  • Robustness of plant-pollinator mutualistic networks to phenological mismatches
  • "Models of mobility"
  • "Rheological properties of a single magnetic filament: a Langevin Dynamics study"
  • "Statistical mechanics of multilayer networks"
  • "Time Learning in one cerebellar Purkinje cell"
  • Current and heat fluctuations in mesoscopic systems
  • Multi-strain competition in finite size communities
  • "Co-Evolution of Networks"
  • "Evolution of movement strategies under competitive interactions"
  • "Lagrangian study of an Atmospheric Blocking Event"
  • "Majorama zero modes in smooth 1D junctions and cylindrical nanowires"
  • "Opticals properties of 2D Majorana Nanowires"
  • "Synchronization in multilayer networks of mobile oscillators"
  • "Temporal series analysis in online social media"
  • "Thermoelectric effects in quantum dots with interaction"
  • "Semiconductor laser dynamics under polarized rotated optical delay feedback and requency detuning"
  • "Spin thermoelectric effects in Resonant Tunnelling Diodes"