Master's Degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics (MFMA)
The objective of the University Master in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics (FAMA) is to provide an advanced training, specially oriented to graduate students aiming to enter later in a Doctorate program.
It is then a Master basically oriented towards research. This requires a structure making possible the specialization in some research areas with a premium quality. The UIB is awarded with the mention of International Excellence Campus, including the line of Physics, Computing and Applications. In this line, there are some research groups that have been developing an internationallevel first rank task during years. This is why five specialties are offered, directly related with those groups: Relativity and Astrophysics, Geophysical Fluids, Materials Physics, Quantum Systems , and Applied Mathematics.
Most of the socially relevant problems have many faces, and addressing them requires both general vision and the ability to connect ideas. In this context, the Master is not offering specialties as watertight compartments. The student can rather choose a reasonable number of complementary credits coming from other specialties, different from the selected one.
During the past century, scientific research has reached a high degree of specialization, with a refined division of the subjects of study. On the other side, most of the problems which are socially relevant are polifacetic. The scientist with a multidisciplinary background is in good position for developping his research tasks beyond the borders of his own domain, being able to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines and providing the added value of his solid training and his capacity of transpose ideas from one field to the other.
From the professional point of view, the big changes and progress in every domain of Physics and Applied Mathematics lead the companies to incorporate qualified personnel with a higher degree of capacitation than the one associated to a graduate, with the required skills for affronting and solving problems. This need is much evident in companies with R&D Departments.
Legislation requires that official Spanish degree programmes receive a positive assessment from the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA, by its Spanish acronym). This process is known as verification, and it serves to ensure that education programmes are properly designed to provide the competencies and reach the learning goals around which the programmes are built. In the technical details you can find reports on official study programmes.
The European Higher Education Area requires that there be a system in place to ensure the quality of degree programmes.
The Master's programme is subject to constant assessment and improvement processes that guarantee that it maintains a certain level of prestige and renown in Europe. You can see the results of the assessment processes in the section on quality.