Career Prospects

Career opportunities for computational scientists are continuously expanding and changing. The future is very promising for graduates with in-depth knowledge and understanding of mathematical modellling and computer systems. The advanced technical and problem-solving skills developed by our graduates are highly valued by employers. In addition, a successful completion of the MCS also provides preferential access to the PhD in Computational Science offered at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The MCS program is managed by the Institute of Computational Science (ICS, Faculty of Informatics), a central node in a network of advanced research institutions. Besides strong international connections, this network includes other Swiss universities such as ETH, EPFL, Uni Basel, Uni Bern, and Uni Lausanne. In Ticino, other nodes of this network include the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA) focusing on machine learning, intelligent decision support systems and bio-inspired systems; the Interdisciplinary Institute of Data Science (IDIDS) focusing on complex network science, social science, and all aspects of working with data from retrieval through decision making; the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), home of one of the fastest supercomputers in the world; the Cardiocentro Ticino,a state-of-the art university clinic, highly specialised in Cardiology; and Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL), a research institute in Locarno devoted to solar physics. This network with global reach provides students with access to some of the most active and exciting career opportunities open today in the world of research and industry.

In Computational Science and the emerging field of Data Science, USI offers:

  • Competence.
    Largest and most important Institute for Computational Science in Switzerland, research in nearly all related disciplines of simulation and data sciences
  • Industrial collaborations.
    Industrial collaborations with established national and international companies
  • Practical experience.
    Student research projects in research groups and companies
  • Direct and individual support.
    National and international summer schools, mentoring, small classes, small tutorial groups, student advisory
  • Interdisciplinary skills.
    Teamwork, presentation techniques, management and personality training, access to university courses spanning multiple disciplines in other faculties, career services
  • Lugano as a versatile place of study.
    Many possibilities for cultural, sporting and leisure activities
  • Excellent career perspectives.
    Due to a shortage in skilled personnel in the field of information technology in simulation and data sciences