Master of Science in Computational Mechanics (M.Sc. CM)

Programme Commencement

winter and summer semester

Standard Duration

4 semesters (2 years)

Place of Studies

Campus Essen


Accredited by ASIIN


The application of computer-based strategies for the solution of practice-oriented problems has dramatically increased in the past decades. The associated application areas are continually expanding and stretch from architecture and the various disciplines of machine construction (Finite Element/Volume Calculation) to areas of medicine (biomechanics) and biology (evolutionary simulations). The foundation of this development is a fundamental concept that allows for a reliable analysis of problems on the basis of continuum-mechanical model building, numerical processes and experimental techniques. This concept, which can be understood by the term Computational Mechanics, therefore provides connections between theoretical model building, numerical operations and experimental reality. An engineer whose area of specialization is classified in the above-mentioned field requires a solid understanding of the fundamentals in this area.

To an increasing degree, complex knowledge in the area of Computational Mechanics is being demanded of developers and qualified operators of specialized and computer-based calculation processes. The demand for engineers of this type is constantly increasing around the world, which is also accounted for by the foundation of appropriate courses of study at reputable foreign universities.

The course of study at the University Duisburg-Essen is in line with this goal. The training endows engineers with the competence to responsibly apply and expand these complex computer-based calculation processes with a solid theoretical knowledge. In accordance with this model building must be properly interpreted, applied algorithms coherently combined, experiments correctly conducted and interpreted and the implementation programs accurately executed.

As a result, the program has an interdisciplinary character. Thus topic areas from applied mechanics, engineering-oriented material sciences and various, widely diversified areas of applied engineering will be part of the curriculum. A well-grounded, theoretical basic knowledge forms the connection between these various areas.

Finally, it is the purpose of the Computational Mechanics program to train engineers with the ability to recognize application possibilities and the limits of calculation models as well as to apply and expand existing calculation systems. In summary, the internationally oriented Computational Mechanics program offers its students an in-depth training in the methodology of an integrated treatment of the mechanical problems of engineering. An intellectual intertwining and interaction of theoretical model building, numerical diffusion, experimental verification and simulation-specific application especially belongs to this.

The program in Computational Mechanics is equally attractive for domestic as well as foreign students. First of all, the program can build upon either a domestic or a foreign Bachelor of Science or can function as an additional qualification to the German Diplom. In addition to being a professionally qualifying degree, the acquired title of Master of Science will also make possible further doctoral studies at all national and international universities.


ECTS Credits

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

- 90 ECTS credits from the tested modules comprising the compulsory and elective course units, consisting of

  • 52 ECTS credits in the technical compulsory modules
  • 30 ECTS credits in the technical elective module
  • 8 ECTS credits in the non-technical module

- 27 ECTS credits for the M.Sc. dissertation and
- 3 ECTS credits for the M.Sc. dissertation colloquium.

Study Plan

Study Plan Master Computational Mechanics


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