Non-Equilibrium Systems: Theoretical Modelling, Simulation and Data-Driven Analysis

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

King's College London hosts an EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Non-Equilibrium Systems (CANES). Non-equilibrium processes underpin many challenging problems across the natural sciences. The mission of CANES is to train a new generation of researchers in cross-disciplinary approaches to non-equilibrium systems, focussing on the three key strands of theoretical modelling, simulation and data-driven analysis. It draws on a broad range of supervisor expertise in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Computational and Systems Biomedicine, Earth and Environmental Sciences, including partners at Imperial College London, University College London and Queen Mary London. The training programme consists of a first year combining taught courses and research projects, leading to the award of an MSc. In years two to four, students will progress to the PhD component where the emphasis will shift to research. Structured training is delivered by a number of routes, which include open question sandpits, master classes, seminars, journal clubs and an annual retreat. Students will also be able to undertake internships at a broad range of industrial and international academic partners.

The Centre for Doctoral Training CANES offers:

  • An innovative programme of teaching, delivered by academics with a vast range of expertise in non-equilibrium systems across the Faculties of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine and Social Science and Public Policy.
  • High quality training in a broad range of transferable skills, public engagement and outreach activities.
  • A cohort approach to learning.
  • Broad range of available research projects
  • An interdisciplinary pool of supervisors directing a wide range of cutting-edge and challenging research projects in the rapidly developing and exciting field of non-equilibrium systems.

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with first class honours in a relevant discipline including mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, materials science, biophysics, geophysical sciences and computer science.



Course content

Year 1: MSc Non-Equilibrium Systems: Theoretical Modelling, Simulation and Data-Driven Analysis.

The first year is a taught programme with a significant research component in the rapidly developing and exciting interdisciplinary field of non-equilibrium systems. It covers scientific areas ranging from mathematics, physics, informatics and chemistry to biomedical and environmental sciences, and consists of a wide range of taught modules. You must also complete three research projects on non-equilibrium systems.

Semester 1:

CANES students will attend 4 lecture courses in the first semester; for the fourth module they can choose between two options, with a classical or quantum focus, depending on their research interests. However all students are encouraged to audit the module they are not formally submitting for examination:

  • Dynamical Modelling of Non-Equilibrium Systems (Compulsory)
  • Simulation Methods for Non-Equilibrium Systems (Compulsory)
  • Statistical Learning and Data-Driven Analysis (Compulsory)
  • Modelling Quantum Many-body Systems (Optional)
  • Rare Events and Large Deviations (Optional)


  • Advanced Topics in Non-Equilibrium Systems (Compulsory)
  • Research Methods for Theoretical Modelling of Non-Equilibrium Systems (Core)
  • Research Methods for Simulation of Non-Equilibrium Systems (Core)
  • Research Methods for Data-Driven Analysis of Non-Equilibrium Systems (Core)

All students must select an optional module in the second semester that provides 15 credits or more.

Possible options include:

  • Mathematical Biology
  • Interest Rate and Foreign Exchange Dynamics
  • Risk in Finance
  • Nonlinear Analysis
  • Advanced Quantum Field Theory
  • Modelling Environmental Change at the Land Surface


  • Funding for CANES students covers all course fees, a stipend for living expenses in line with Research Councils UK guidelines ca.

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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