M.Sc. Computational Mechanics

Study period

4 semesters (2 years)



Study begin

Winter and summer semester

Study place

Campus Essen & Duisburg


50% German and 50% English


The use of computer-aided strategies for solving practice-oriented problems has increased rapidly in the last decades. The associated application areas are constantly expanding and range from civil and mechanical engineering disciplines (finite element/volume computation) to areas of medicine (biomechanics) and biology (evolution simulations). The basis of this development is a fundamental concept which allows a reliable analysis of problems based on complex continuum mechanical modeling, numerical methods and experimental techniques. This concept, which can be summarized under the term "computational mechanics", thus forms a network between theoretical modeling, numerical treatment and experimental reality.

Engineers whose field of work is to be classified in the above-mentioned field must be equipped with a solid basic knowledge in these areas. The education in the study program "Computational Mechanics" enables graduates with a solid theoretical knowledge to responsibly apply and extend the complex computer-aided computational methods. For this purpose, the modeling must be correctly interpreted, the algorithms used must be coherently connected, the experiments must be correctly performed and interpreted, and the application programs must be used without errors. The study objectives stated here include the following:

  • Model building:
    Linear and nonlinear continuum mechanics, phenomenological materials theory, structural mechanics, materials science, homogenization processes.
  • Algorithms:
    Numerical discretization and solution methods of mechanics, finite element method, optimization methods, program development
  • Experiments:
    Materials science, metrology, parameter identification of material models
  • Applications:
    Computer-aided simulations in all fields of engineering and in engineering practice.

Consequently, the course has an interdisciplinary character. Thus, topics from applied mechanics, engineering-oriented materials science and various broad engineering application areas are part of the curriculum. A solid theoretical basis forms the link between these areas.

Ultimately, the goal in the Computational Mechanics program is to train engineers with the skills to recognize the application possibilities and limitations of computational models as well as to independently apply and extend existing computational systems. Thus, the internationally oriented study program "Computational Mechanics" will provide students with an in-depth education in the methodology of a holistic treatment of mechanical problems in engineering. This specifically includes an intellectual interlocking and interaction of theoretical model building, numerical penetration, experimental verification and simulation-specific application.

Study at UDEStudy plan

Study plan

Study plan

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Study plans as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB: 

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Information material

Information material can be found at the home page of the Institute of Mechanics.

Study plans as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB: VDB Computational Mechanics


Admission requirements

  • completion of a Bachelor's degree in the ISE program with an overall grade of 2.5 or better or
  • equivalent degree from another German or foreign university with an average grade of 2.5 or better. The assessment of equivalence is made by the examination board.

If the admission requirements are not fulfilled according to paragraph 2 or if a change of the field of study within the study program "ISE" takes place during the transition from Bachelor to Master, the examination board can combine the admission to the Master program with the condition to prove certain knowledge until the registration of the Master thesis. The type and extent of these requirements are determined individually by the examination board on the basis of the course content completed as part of the previous degree. The extent of the requirements is up to 2 courses.

Further information regarding admission requirements can be found on the pages of the study program "ISE".


Provided that the admission requirements are met, this Master study course has unrestricted admission (number of student places is not limited). Enrollment takes place during the enrollment period at the student registrar’s office at Campus Essen. [forms and further information]

For national applicants the following applies until further notice:
National applicants for the ISE Bachelor's or ISE Master's program should submit their Abitur/Bachelor's or comparable degree certificates to the ISE Examination Committee for confirmation of the special enrollment requirements and foreign language skills. This certificate must be presented at the time of enrollment.

ISE Examination Board

University of Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Engineering 
SG 182
Geibelstr. 41, 47057 Duisburg

Prospective students from non-EU countries should apply at the International Office of Campus Essen by 15.07. for the winter semester and by 15.03. for the summer semester.

Language Skills

Upon enrollment, student applicants must provide proof of English and German language skills corresponding of a completed B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Study-related stays abroad

For students who have acquired their university entrance qualification at a German institution, a stay abroad of three to six months is obligatory.
For students who have already completed this stay abroad as part of their ISE Bachelor's program at UDE, a further stay abroad is optional (§ 11 PO).

General Information

Living & Studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • Winter semester: from October to March
  • Summer semester: from April to September

Lecture period

The winter lecture period usually starts in mid-October and ends in mid-February. In summer, the lecture period usually starts in mid-April and ends in July. During the winter semester there is a break of about two weeks during the Christmas holidays.

Examination phase

The examination phase begins about one week after the end of the lecture period and lasts about seven weeks.

Semester fee

All students have to pay a semester fee (social contribution) of about 320,- Euro per semester. You can find the current amount here. The social contribution includes, among other things, a semester ticket for public transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia and discounts on meals in the university's canteen and cafeteria.

Living expenses

We recommend to consider approximately 800 to 1000 Euro of personal expenses per month. 


Accommodation is possible in dormitories of the Studierendenwerk and in premises of the free housing market. The rent in a room in a student dormitory is about 300,- Euro per month. You can find more information about housing options here.

Graduates testimonials

September 2021Jalvathi Mohamed Mohideen

"I find the course M.Sc. Computational Mechanics from our University very well structured. I had some problems, when there were not a lot of electives available for students who wanted to focus in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and so I took a few courses from the Ruhruni Bochum. But fortunately, it has been observed by the university and now our university has a good specialization in CFD. It took some time for me to understand the grading system and what the lecturers expect during the exams, but it was a very good experience when it comes to oral exams or presentation exams based on projects. With all the good facilities available at the university and the way of teaching, I am very satisfied with my course completion and recommend any one to attend the course."

January 2022Sreevidya Guru

"Firstly I would start by thanking each and everyone who supported and encouraged me during my course of study. The study course is designed with clear objectives and learning intentions that help in gaining a vast amount of theoretical knowledge. Also, the course is very challenging as it isn't always easy to understand the concepts and theory behind it which made it in a way interesting. The best thing about the course would be the transparency of the faculty with doubt clearing sessions, evaluations etc.  I would appreciate it if there were a few more subjects included in the course which could provide an opportunity for students to learn practically by working on more research projects. I would like to thank all the faculty members for supporting and helping me in the successful completion of the master course. "

January 2022Hari Hara Prasad Arunagiri

"'I never lose. I either win or learn' is my favorite quote that comes to my mind on thinking about my journey at the University of Duisburg-Essen. After facing a lot of struggles, I cannot believe how time flew and now I am waiting for my name to be called at the convocation ceremony. We have been blessed to learn from great people like Prof. Joachim Bluhm, Dr. Ernst Baeck and late Prof. Paul Josef Mauk. I believe that practical knowledge helps very much in facing real-life problems and hence I enjoyed the subjects like 'Structural Dynamics' and 'Advanced Numerical Simulations with ANSYS' which includes practical tasks. Also, I would greatly appreciate application-based topics like 'Introduction to Data Science for Engineers' being added to our course, which enables the students to explore more opportunities in the future."


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