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MSc Atomic Scale Modeling of Chemical, Physical and Biomolecular Systems

Catalog id : 65012
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

15830 EUR
2006 EUR
2006 EUR

Application fee

International 0 EUR
National 0 EUR
Faculty of Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)600

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About this course

 AtoSiM is a two-year Physics or Chemistry Masters degree focused on computer modelling of physical, chemical and biomolecular systems.

AtoSiM is operated jointly by:


  • Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, France
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Università degli studi di Roma, "la Sapienza", Italy


This two-year degree provides a high-level qualification in the rapidly expanding field of computer modeling in physical, chemical and bio-molecular sciences. This highly integrated Course covers a full range of techniques: from quantum mechanical atomistic descriptions to coarse-grained mesoscopic models. Particular fields of application include condensed matter and statistical physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, materials science and theoretical bio-molecular science.


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Eligibility Criteria

  • Students with a Dutch Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science may be admitted to the programme.
  • Students with a Bèta-Gamma or Future Planet Studies bachelor degree from the UvA with a major in AI may also be admitted.
  • Other students, who hold at least a Bachelor's degree in an area closely related to AI, may also apply. The main requirements are: 
    • Overall academic level: above average
    • Basic programming and computing skills courses and experience with developing software (equivalent of at least two months)
    • Basic mathematics, in particular calculus, linear algebra and probability/statistics (3-6 EC for each)
    • Basic Computer Science (algorithms, systems; at least 6 EC) and Artificial Intelligence (at least 6 EC)
    • Proficiency in English 


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Course Modules

The programme has two types of courses:

Basic courses (compulsory, first and part of second semester): to provide a solid basis in the field of quantum chemistry, statistical thermodynamics, molecular modeling techniques and scientific computing

Advanced courses (compulsory and elective, part of second and third semester): to specialise in particle-based modeling in the field of chemistry, physics, or biology

Apart from the courses mentioned in the programme description students undergo research training which consists of:

  • two minor research projects (first and second semester)
  • a literature study (third semester)
  • a major research project (final semester): conducted within one of the institutions participating in the programme, or at one of their European academic or industrial partners
  • Master's thesis on the major research project, and a presentation before an international jury

The exact Course Catalogue can be found here: http://studiegids.uva.nl/xmlpages/page/2016-2017/zoek-opleiding/opleiding/2345/193152

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How to Apply

Please be sure to follow each step carefully.  

  • Register in Studielink
  • Application file submission
  • General application procedure (different for Dutch and International students in some respects)
  • Pay the Tuition Fee

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