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Scientific Computing and Programming (SC)


Admission requirements

Suitable for students with a BSc in MST with a major in Chemistry or Materials. Other candidates should have a solid background in physics and mathematics.


In this course you will learn to handle UNIX computer systems, build simple shell scripts to combine programmes, at least one of the often used programming languages and you will gain knowledge and experience on basic numerical techniques that are often used in the field of Scientific Computing. This course is very multi-disciplinary and will be held through self-study. More information:

Course objectives

At the end of the course, depending on the modules, students:

  • will have experience in using Linux / UNIX systems

  • are able to solve basic problems and program in at least one programming language

  • have a fundamental understanding of numbers and basic numerical algorithms on computers

  • have a fundamental understanding of the x86 computer architecture and some basic parallelization skills using OpenMP

  • are able to automate and work with computers self-reliant using available resources on the internet


Schedule information can be found on the website of the programmes

Mode of instruction

Self-study of chosen modules with a test or handing in answers to the exercises depending on the module. Linux module is compulsory. Student can choose 3 other modules from the following: C programming, Python scripting, Fortran programming, Numerical Methods (NM) or High performance Computing (HPC).

Assessment method

Depending on the module; a programming test (Linux, C ,Python and Fortran) or grading of the exercises of course material (NM and HPC).

Reading list

The course is based on material online available from within the university networks:


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Mark Somers