PhD In Applied Mathematical Modeling

Universidad Católica del Maule

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PhD In Applied Mathematical Modeling

Universidad Católica del Maule

General Background:

  • Modality: On-site
  • Headquarters: San Miguel de Talca Campus.
  • Day: Day.
  • Dedication: Partial
  • Duration: Four years.
  • Quotas: 05
  • Type of program: Academic.
  • Taught since the year: 2016
  • Program Director: Dr. Fernando Córdova-Lepe /
  • Academic Coordinator: Dr. Karina Vilches Ponce /
  • Administrative Coordinator: Verónica Muñoz Gómez /

Dirigido a:

They will be able to request their entrance to the program:
  • National citizens or resident foreigners who demonstrate sufficient command of the Spanish language in an interview with the Program Director.
  • Those interested who are in possession of the Master's Degree (of national or foreign programs duly accredited) in the line of:

Mathematics, or in directly related orientations such as: Sciences with mention in Mathematics, Engineering in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or others that in their merit the Academic Faculty considers homologables.

Basic Sciences or Engineering Sciences, linked to some scientific discipline related to the lines of context of the DMMA-UCM and that in their curriculum, together with the undergraduate training, demonstrate to the Academic Senate, the possibility of dispensing with a master's degree in mathematics.

  • Interested graduates who do not comply with the previous item, have demonstrable exceptional academic records through two letters of recommendation and other evidence, and also have the unanimous agreement of the Academic Senate.

Modality of Operation:

The program is taught during the daytime.

Program objectives:

General purpose:

To train specialists in the construction, analysis and interpretation of mathematical models of natural and / or social processes, as a methodology at the service of solving interdisciplinary problems of scientific and technological interest.

Specific objectives:

Install knowledge, skills and values ​​in students to:

  • Perform research at the highest level, from the mathematical perspective in connection with other disciplinary areas of basic sciences and engineering sciences.
  • Model (construct, analyze, simulate, represent and interpret) using consolidated and current mathematical language and knowledge to generate interdisciplinary solutions or knowledge.
  • Articulate basic scientific knowledge in areas that involve complex and non-linear processes (such as various systems associated with the life, social and environmental sciences) to design mathematical models for their in-depth understanding.
  • Use simulation tools and computational representation that allow the validation of theoretical models that involve greater complexity of analysis, large volumes of data and / or computation needs.
  • Work in teams and multidisciplinary contexts, with an integrating vocation, be it in academia, research centers and / or in the production of goods and services.

Occupational field:

The graduate, Doctor in Applied Mathematical Modeling, will perform as:

  • Academic university: A natural occupational field, for its mathematical and scientific training, are institutions of higher education, in which as an academic, the graduate can develop teaching tasks (in mathematics) and integrate research teams in their own and interdisciplinary problems.
  • Independent researcher: The graduate of this program, may be developed in the technical assistance related to the conception, development and direction of mathematical modeling projects and simulation of processes in companies, consultancies, research institutes (eg, IFOP, INDAP) and organizations technical audiences aimed at control and innovation in: biotechnology, biosecurity, biocontainment, environment, natural resources, etc.
  • Researcher in the company: In research or development units or departments of private companies or the State forming part of work teams associated with biotechnology, biosafety, biocontainment, environment, natural resources, etc.
  • Aspiring to a postdoctoral: The DMMA is a postgraduate program of a scientific nature, so, the main perspective is to serve as a link at the best level, for the training of new scientists for Chile and the world. Consequently, a possible future occupation of the graduate is the pursuit of postdoctoral studies in the specialty in a world center of advanced studies.
  • Social innovator: We refer to the possibility that some graduates are motivated in innovative ventures associated with their specialization, projects with the characteristic of being very participative and tending to change the world as we know it. We refer to commitment and leadership in activities in which the concern is mainly aimed at social sustainability for the economic good of the most.

Admission requirements:

The process of application to the program begins with the presentation to the secretariat, located in the Faculty of Basic Sciences, of the following documents:

  • Application Form to the DMMA duly completed, within the established deadlines and signed.
  • Legalized photocopy that certifies the possession of the Master's degree (Mathematics, Basic Sciences or Engineering Sciences).
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation (sealed envelope) of researchers residing in the country or abroad.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Curriculum Vitae that highlights undergraduate training, postgraduate training and participation in research experiences. In particular, if any, the research articles associated with your master's thesis.
  • Two photocopies Identity Card on both sides.
  • Four passport-size photographs.

The Selection Committee (Director, a Line Coordinator and a representative of the Formative Axis of Mathematics) will evaluate the background and give its verdict according to the following criteria: (1) Final note of the qualifying Master's program (60%). (2) Assessment of the type of term of the master's degree (40%), according to: (a) Thesis and published article (7,0). (b) Thesis and article submitted (6,5). (c) Thesis and no article (6.0). (d) No thesis and term exams (5,5). No thesis and no term exams (5,0).

Applications and Results:


First call: Receipt of information until Thursday, November 30, 2017.
Second call: Receipt of information until January 2018.


Selection committee:

The committee is composed of the Program Director, a representative of the mathematical training and a representative of the context training.

Graduate Profile:

The DMMA graduate must achieve the development and achievement of scientific, technical and cultural knowledge, disciplinary and professional training to address, interpret, innovate, create and solve scientific and technical problems of interest to society, basic sciences and engineering.

The candidate to graduate from the DMMA must present an Integral development, through the acquisition of knowledge and basic knowledge, as well as through the application of methodologies, techniques and theoretical and practical procedures (classical and emerging) typical of mathematics and the research lines of specialization. That is, to be a professional committed to rigorous thinking, applicability in diverse contexts and knowledge of nature, always respecting ethical and cultural values.

The DMMA-UCM graduate must be a specialist in applied mathematics. Able to demonstrate ability and interest in developing research through international scientific publications in any of the lines of research offered. He must also show experience in a university research and teaching project, have intermediate command of a second foreign language, preferably English, as well as being pro-active and enterprising for innovation and research in their respective area of ​​concentration.

Graduation Requirements:

The degree of Doctor in Applied Mathematical Modeling is granted to those who complete all the curricular activities of the study plan, including the thesis of degree (approval of the Final Report of the Research Project) and the public defense of this before the Commission of Graduation constituted by two doctors belonging to the UCM, plus one external specially invited.


Applications, Dates and Fees

Class schedule Monday to Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (first two years)
Annual tuition fee 2017 $ 208,000 (four installments, one each year)
Tariff for the 2017 program $ 12,480,000 (48 installments)


Application form Download DMMA file
Information and sending of information Dr. Fernando Córdova-Lepe /
56 71 2203384
This school offers programs in:
  • Spanish

Last updated January 3, 2018
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