Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student will have a thorough understanding of how to characterize interacting and / or random systems.  The student knows the phenomenology of phase transitions and associated phenomena. The student will be familiar with current research topics in equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 05.09.2023 - 05.12.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mikko Alava

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Rehearsal of thermodynamics and statistical physics. Random systems and correlations. Phase transitions. Non-equilibrium systems and fluctuations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Written exam, home work, and student presentations.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 24 hrs (2 hrs/week)

    In-class exercises 24 hrs (2 hrs/week)

    Student presentations 12 hrs (1 hr/week)

    Independent work 70 hrs


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: Sisu.