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The Master of Science Programme has a duration of four semesters. During the first semester, all students take the same modules and courses and concentrate on the basics of mechanics, statics and dynamics, numerical methods, discretization methods and software engineering.

All courses not only provide an extensive introduction, but also a deep knowledge of the most important areas in the field of Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures.

During the second and third semesters, topics can be chosen from a large variety of courses. In order to establish an international interaction further advanced topics are given in the summer school by internationally recognized experts. The fourth semester is dedicated to the thesis. It is embedded into current scientific activities of the participating research groups. The structure of the program is schematically represented below. In this picture LP is the german abbreviation for ECTS credits.

Course structure of COMMAS

After successful completion of the programme (120 ECTS credits), students are awarded a Master of Science and will be entitled to continue to study towards a doctoral degree without having to meet additional academic requirements. Special Ph.D. programmes in this field are offered at the Universität Stuttgart.


Core Modules: 1st Semester (Winter Term) – 30 Credits
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Computational Mechanics of Materials
  • Computational Mechanics of Structures
  • Discretization Methods
  • Introduction to Scientific Programming
  • Structural Dynamics and Optimization
  • Engineering Materials I
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Elective Modules: 2nd Semester (Summer Term) and 3rd Semester (Winter Term)
  • Foundations of Single and Multiphasic Materials
  • Micromechanics of Materials and Homogenization Methods
  • Advanced Computational Mechanics of Structures
  • Boundary Elements in Statics and Dynamics
  • Applied Scientific Programming
  • Engineering Materials II-Metals
  • Numerical Modelling of Concrete Structures
  • Engineering Materials II-Soils
  • Advanced Materials and Smart Structures
  • Optimal Control
  • Implementation and Algorithm for Finite Elements
  • Introduction to the Continuum Mechanics of Multi-Phase Materials
  • Smart Systems and Control
  • Modeling of Hydrosystems
  • Parameter Identification Methods and Experimental Mechanics
  • Selected Topics in the Theory of Plasticity and Viscoelasticity
  • Theoretical and Computer-Oriented Material Theory
  • Numerical Methods for Differential Equations
  • Dynamics of Nonlinear Systems
  • Introduction to Scientific High-Performance Computing
  • Computational Methods for Shell Analysis
  • Fahrzeugdynamik (only in german)
  • Modelierung in der Biomechanik (only in german)
  • Continuum Biomechanics
  • Erdbebenbeanspruchung von Bauwerken (only in german)
  • Visualization in Science and Engineering
  • Structure Borne Sound
  • Fuzzy Methoden (only in german)
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics I
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics II
  • Multiphase Modeling in Porous Media
  • Adaptive Systems
  • Micromechanics of Smart and Multifunctional Materials
  • Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
  • Geometrical Methods for Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics and Continuum Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Numerical Modeling for Conservation Laws in Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Material Science
  • Mathematical Aspects of Continuum Mechanics
  • Simulation Methods in Physics I
  • Simulation Methods in Physics II
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Summer School (This is a one week special lecture series on selected topics) – 3 credits
Advanced Lectures on:
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Engineering Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
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4th Semester (Summer Term) Master Thesis – 30 credits

The Master's Thesis should demonstrate the student's ability to work independently and within a given time-limit on a problem in his field of study according to scientific principles. The candidate will be given the opportunity to suggest a topic. He/she is advised during the preparation of his/her Master's Thesis by a professor and/or a researcher of one of the institutes. The time-limit for completion of the Master's Thesis is limited to six months.

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