Master in Mathematical Modelling in Physics and Technology


Programme Description

Mathematical modelling is an interdisciplinary field connecting mathematical analysis, numerical mathematics, and physics. The curriculum is designed to provide excellent basic knowledge in all these disciplines and to allow a flexible widening of knowledge by studying specialized literature when the need arises. All students take compulsory courses in continuum mechanics, partial differential equations, and numerical mathematics.

Students acquire the ability to design mathematical models of natural phenomena (especially related to continuum mechanics and thermodynamics), analyse them, and conduct numerical simulations. After passing the compulsory classes, students get more closely involved with the physical aspects of mathematical modeling (model design), with mathematical analysis of partial differential equations, or with methods for computing mathematical models. The grasp of all levels of mathematical modeling (model, analysis, simulations) allows students to use modern results from all relevant fields to address problems in physics, technology, biology, and medicine, surpassing the scope of each individual field.

Graduates can pursue academic or commercial careers in applied mathematics, physics and technology.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Conditions for Admission

The goal of the admissions review process is to select from the pool of applicants those individuals who have shown the capability and diligence expected of Charles University students. To apply for our Computer Science or Mathematics Master's programs given in English you must:

  • hold or be working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma and provide a certified copy thereof;
  • have sufficient command of the English language; this can be demonstrated by providing your results in one of the standardized English tests that we recognize (see below for details).

Bachelor’s or Master’s Diploma

Each applicant into a Master’s program must deliver an officially authorized copy of a Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma, or a confirmation of a faculty or university concerning a successful completion of Bachelor’s or Master’s studies. This requirement does not apply to students and graduates of Bachelor’s or Master’s studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University.

The applicants who graduated from a higher education institution abroad, must deliver one of the following documents in order to prove their previous education: a document about a general recognition of foreign higher education in the Czech Republic obtained according to § 89 and 90 of the higher education law of the Czech Republic (so-called "nostrification"), or a foreign document about a foreign higher education if it is automatically recognized in the Czech Republic, according to its international agreements, without further official processing (diploma and diploma supplements from Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia), or a foreign document about completing higher education which will be assessed by the faculty itself (no fee is being charged). Detailed information on how the condition of obtaining previous Bachelor’s or Master’s degree should be proven by the alumni of foreign higher education institutions, as well as additional information, may be found on faculty webpages, here: . The officially authorized documents must be physically sent to the Study Office of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics by June 30, 2019, at the latest. If you do not deliver the document about a completed education, you will be neither accepted nor enrolled for Master’s studies.

In addition to this, depending on the program for which you are applying, you also must

  • Computer Science program: have sufficient academic background in the relevant fields (see below for details); this can be demonstrated by solving a given take-home assignment correctly and on time, and by providing transcripts (academic records) of your previous education accompanied by syllabi of the completed courses (i.e., you must submit both the assignment and the transcript). For the take-home assignment, you may consult your notes, textbooks, Internet resources, friends etc. but the submitted solution must be your own work. To correctly solve the take-home assignment means to obtain at least 70 percent of the maximum score.
  • Mathematics program: have sufficient academic background in the relevant fields (see below for details); this can be demonstrated by providing transcripts (academic records) of your previous education accompanied by syllabi of the completed courses.

You are also welcome to accompany your application by:

  • a statement of purpose in which you describe your reasons for applying to the proposed program, your study, and possibly also research interests and future career plans;
  • letters of recommendation as recent as possible from professors and employers who can comment on your recent professional accomplishments and your qualifications for pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics or computer science.

Academic background

In this paragraph, we summarize the minimum knowledge required for applicants in the various study programs and study branches offered at our faculty.

Master’s Degree in Computer Science

Study branches Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Discrete Models and Algorithms, Computer Graphics and Game Development, Software and Data Engineering, Software Systems, Artificial Intelligence: background in calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, logic, computer programming, algorithms and data structures, computer organisation, and the theory of automata and formal grammars.

Master’s Degree in Mathematics

Common requirements: a sound background in linear algebra, real and complex analysis, measure theory, and probability theory.

Study branch Mathematical Structures: common requirements + group theory, mathematical logic.

Study branch Mathematical Analysis: common requirements + general topology, functional analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations.

Study branch Numerical and Computational Mathematics: common requirements + numerical mathematics, functional analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations.

Study branch Mathematical Modelling in Physics and Technology: common requirements + classical mechanics, functional analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations.

Study branch Probability, Mathematical Statistics, and Econometrics: common requirements + mathematical statistics, Markov chains.

Study branch Financial and Insurance Mathematics: common requirements + mathematical statistics, Markov chains, financial mathematics.

Study branch Mathematics for Information Technologies: common requirements + commutative and computer algebra, theoretical and applied cryptography.

Academic records demonstrating the necessary background must show the dates of enrolment and the subjects or courses taken, together with the units of credit or time allotted to each subject. These records must also include a complete description of the institution’s grading scale or another standard of evaluation. Unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution concerned, the official records in their original language must be submitted with an authorized, complete, and exact English translation.

English Language Proficiency

An applicant must have an adequate command of English in order to enrol in an English-taught program at Charles University. Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by one of the standard language tests listed below; any language test results should not be older than two years. Students who have completed at least two years of their previous education with English as the sole language of instruction in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, Republic of South Africa or the USA are exempt from this requirement. Applicants who provide us with comparable qualifications demonstrating proficiency in English also meet our requirements.

The table below lists the various tests of English that we recognize, and gives the minimum score that should be obtained.

Test Minimum Score

  • TOEFL Paper/Computer/Internet-based 550/213/80
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5
  • Cambridge ESOL FCE A level
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE or Cambridge ESOL CAE Passed
  • City&Guilds International ESOL, or City&Guilds International Spoken ESOL Expert level
  • The European Language Certificates Level TELC English C1
  • UNIcert English for Mathematicians Level C1
  • Melab 77
  • Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) Pass
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) 605
  • General State Language Examination in English in the Czech Republic Pass

Conditions for admission

Admission to Master's studies is conditioned by completed secondary education confirmed by a school-leaving certificate. Admission to Post-Bachelor studies (Master's program) is likewise conditioned by completed education in any type of study program.

Verification method: other form
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: __ until: __
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: __ until: __

Career Prospect

Mathematical and computational modelling in physics and technology is an interdisciplinary study program that combines modern theories of mathematical analysis and numerical methods with fundamentals in physics. The subjects of the program are focused on differential equations, continuum mechanics and thermodynamics. Graduates have been trained to formulate real-world problems and to develop corresponding physically relevant mathematical models, as well as to analyse such models, to propose adequate numerical schemes and to implement them followed by computer simulations.

Last updated Dec 2018

About the School

High-quality affordable three-year bachelor’s and two-year master’s programs taught in English, at one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in Europe, in one of the most beautiful citie ... Read More

High-quality affordable three-year bachelor’s and two-year master’s programs taught in English, at one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in Europe, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, capital of a modern and technologically advanced country. The programs have been offered to Czech students for years with great success. Now they are open to international students, too. Read Less