Profile Complex Systems
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 deducted 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 bigger than the sum of its parts.
The profile Complex Systems is an 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.
In order to qualify for the annotation, the following requirements must be fulfilled:
Courses (15 EC)
Having passed the examinations of two (elective) courses:
- System thinking, scenario's & indicators for SD (GEO4-2331; 7,5 EC)
- a choice of one from the following courses:
- Introduction to Complex Systems (WISM484)
- Applying Mathematics in Finance (WISM410)
- Seminar Modelling Health Effects of Ionizing Radiation (WISM409)
- Understanding Complexity: Economy and the Planet (NS-MO450M)
Or a course from a Master’s programme, other than your own, that is labelled as a Complex Systems course
Research project 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 should not correspond to the topic of the master thesis, however if the master research project deals with a complex system subject, only for Theoretical Physics, Experimental Physics and Climate Physics master programmes at Utrecht University it is permitted to combine the research project of the master’s profile Complex Systems (15 EC) with the master thesis project. Both parts must be separately assessed and a supervisor from a different department or faculty is involved in this part of the research project. The topic should be approved by the steering group member of the Foundations of Complex systems focus area who is involved and by the programme director of the master programme for which the student is admitted.
If you have questions about the profile, please ask your Master’s programme leader for more information. You can apply for this Master profile by sending an email to the coordinator Complex systems: prof. dr. ir. Max Rietkerk
More information about the research on Complex Systems.