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 modelling and computer systems. The advanced technical and problem-solving skills developed by our graduates are highly valued by employers. In addition, successful completion of the MCS also provides preferential access to the  PhD. programme at the USI Faculty of Informatics offered at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The MCS programme is directed by Prof. Ernst Wit and Prof. Olaf Schenk at the Institute of Computing (CI, 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. 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 Euler Institute focused on mathematical modelling of complex systems,  and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), home of one of the fastest supercomputers in the world; 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.
    The Institute of Computing in Switzerland with research in various  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 of skilled personnel in the field of information technology in simulation and data sciences

Employability Data

  • Employed                           95.1%
  • Average Time to Job         2.2 months
    (78% within 3 months: 51% before graduation)


Place of work %


  • Ticino
  • Other Swiss Cantons



Italy 18
Other Countries 5


Industries (main) %
Informatics, Techonology, Web 51.4
Educational, Research institutions 10
Banking, Finance, Insurance services, Accounting 7.1
Telecommunication 4.4
All others (<3%) 27.1


Function (main) %
IT and Web Services 27.5
Engineering 26.1
Research 20.3
Consulting 5.8
Entrepreneurship 4.4
All others (<3%) 15.9


The average salary* is 79'200.- CHF.


Source: 2020 USI Master Survey (2015-2019)
*100% gross annual salary in CH