Master of Science in Computational Mechanics (M-CM)

Programme Commencement

winter and summer semester

Standard Duration

4 semesters (2 years)

Place of Studies

Campus Essen


Accredited by ASIIN


The past few decades have seen rapid growth in the deployment of computer-assisted strategies to address practical problems. From construction and mechanical engineering disciplines such as finite element/volume calculation, to branches of medicine (e.g. biomechanics) and biology (e.g. evolution simulation), the list of areas where such strategies are applied is constantly expanding. This development is based on a fundamental concept that allows problems to be reliably analyzed using complex continuum mechanics modelling, numerical processes and experimental techniques. This concept, which comes under the heading of computational mechanics, bridges the gaps between theoretical model building, numerical processing and experimental reality.

Engineers aiming to work in this field need a solid grounding in its governing principles. The Computational Mechanics course teaches students the underlying theory needed to apply and advance complex computer-assisted procedures. This involves correct use of models and algorithms, the correct carrying out and interpretation of experiments, and the error-free use of application programs. These study aims involve the following elements:

  • Model building:
    Linear and non-linear continuum mechanics, phenomenological materials theory, structural mechanics, materials science and homogenization procedures;
  • Algorithms:
    Numerical discretization and solution methods of mechanics, finite element methods, optimization processes and program development;
  • Experiments:
    Materials science, metrology and parameter identification of material models;
  • Applications:
    Computer-assisted simulation in all areas of engineering science and engineering practice.

The course is therefore inter-disciplinary in nature, comprising elements of applied mechanics, engineering-focused materials technology and various wide-ranging engineering subjects. A basic grounding in theory provides the connection between the various areas studied.

The ultimate aim of the Computational Mechanics course is to train engineers who can recognize the application possibilities and the limits of the computational models as well as being able to independently apply and enhance the existing models. In so doing, this internationally oriented course will give students an in-depth education in the holistic treatment of mechanical problems relating to engineering science. This especially includes the interaction and integration of theoretical model building, numerical penetration, experimental verification and simulation-specific application.


ECTS Credits

The M.Sc. programme has been completed when 120 ECTS credits have been acquired.

  • 47 ECTS credits in the technical compulsory course units
  • 35 ECTS credits in the technical elective module
  • 8 ECTS credits in the non-technical module
  • 30 ECTS credits for the master thesis

Study Plan

Study Plan Master Computational Mechanics


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