Connecting the dots for a better understanding of our world
The world around us is becoming more and more complex. A small change in one variable can have a significant impact, resulting in e.g. traffic jams, a sudden epidemic or a financial crisis. Complex Systems are often the driving force behind these phenomena. As a whole they possess characteristics which cannot be deduced simply from its individual parts, but only from the way in which these are combined together. Predicting a traffic jam is e.g. hardly possible by only studying the behavior of individual drivers. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interdisciplinary profile for ambitious students from different Master’s programmes, who want to work on modelling solutions within the field of Complex Systems. The profile gives you the opportunity to broaden your view and knowledge from an interdisciplinary angle and widens your opportunities for further development. It prepares you for a career in interdisciplinary fields at, for instance, financial companies.
This profile can be fitted into your Master’s programme, 30 EC in total. You will receive a Complex Systems certificate.
The Master's profile comprises of 30 EC and contains the following parts:
Thesis on a Complex Systems topic (15 EC)
Focus should be on interdisciplinary aspects and at least two supervisors from different departments/faculties should be involved. The topic must not correspond with the topic of your master's thesis.
In some master’s programmes it is permitted to combine the thesis of the master’s profile Complex Systems (15 EC) with the master research thesis. Both parts will be separately assessed.
A list of participating supervisors and potential topics can be found here.
Two Electives (15 EC):
You have to choose at least one of your elective courses from the list below:
- Introduction to Complex Systems (WISM484, 7.5 EC)
- Applying Mathematics in Finance (WISM410, 7.5 EC)
- Seminar Modelling Health Effects of Ionizing Radiation (WISM409, 7.5 EC)
- Understanding Complexity: Economy and the Planet (NS-MO450M, 7.5 EC)
For your second elective course you can either choose a course from the list above, or you can choose a course from a Master’s programme, other than your own, that is labelled as a Complex Systems course.
Some programmes require one of their own primary elective courses, labeled as complex Systems course to be taken. More information is given in the specific programme description section of the Education and Examination Regulations.
The total number of EC of each master's programme will NOT be increased by completing the Master profile Complex Systems.Courses taken to complete mathematics requirements of the Master’s in Theoretical Physics programme cannot be double counted towards obtaining the Complex Systems profile.
If you have questions about the profile, please ask your Master’s programme coordinator for more information.
You can apply for this Master profile by sending an email to the Profile Coordinator Complex systems: Deb Panja (email@example.com).
More information about the Complex Systems Profile can be found here.