Master Computational Materials Science


facultyFakultät 4 - Maschinenbau, Verfahrens- und Energietechnik
degreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
standard period of study4 Semester
start of studiesWintersemester
admission requirement

Bachelor degree or an equivalent degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Solid State Physics or in a comparable field.

TOEFL with at least 87 points (internet based test), IELTS with at least 6.0 or equivalent English language certificate. This does not apply to applicants whose national language is English.

Proof of German language skills through a recognised language test such as Goethe Zertifikat A1, Start Deutsch 1 or telc Deutsch A1 or proof of at least 150 hours of German lessons at A1 level.

application deadlineIf visa required 15 April, without visa process 15 August

study concept

Today, more than ever, talented engineers that are best equipped with basic knowledge in natural sciences and skills in informatics are essential to provide answers to both the fundamental scientific questions and the technological needs of our society. One important issue is the development, processing and application of new high-tech materials with innovative mechanical, thermodynamic and electronic properties. These goals require predictive simulation tools to understand and to design the structure and properties of materials at all length scales. Nowadays, powerful numerical methods and computing facilities allow to simulate material behaviour starting from the atomic level over discrete microstructures up to very large engineering components. For further information visit the webpage of the master program.

At TU Bergakademie Freiberg, we bring together experienced researchers and lecturers from different scientific communities to offer our graduate students the education needed for a successful career in modern materials science.

Specifics of the Master Programme

Starting in the winter semester of 2011/2012, the international master programme on Computational Materials Science offered at TU Bergakademie Freiberg will provide the unique opportunity to explore a wide range of length scales through an interdisciplinary curriculum.

Theoretical concepts will be illustrated in the lectures by cutting-edge research applications.

During the research seminars the students will have the possibility to interact with scientists and engineers from industrial partners outside of the university. By the end of the two years master programme, the graduates will have the scientific qualification to build the links between Mechanical Engineering, Materials Sciences and Solid State Physics. Of most importance, they gained the capability in several computational methods to simulate material behaviour.

Multiscale Modeling

Almost all problems in science and engineering are multiscale in nature. Things are made up of electrons and atoms at the atomic scale, while at the same time they are characterized by their own geometric dimensions that are usually several orders of magnitude larger. Therefore, to model the plasticity of a material, several length scales are involved. We need to find the scale of (I) the crystal lattice, (II) the dislocation core, (III) the mean distance between dislocations, (IV) the grain size and (V) the dimension of the structure.

The first two scales can be studied by either first principle calculations or molecular statics/dynamics calculations. To model the mechanical behavior of single crystal (III), interactions, reactions and motions of dislocation are solved using a discrete dislocation framework. For polycrystalline materials (IV) and structural components (V), the mechanical behavior can be predicted using continuum mechanics and solved numerically using finite element method.

The Programme


  • All the lectures will be given in English
  • A minimum of 4 semesters are required to complete the programme

First Semester

  • Background courses will be offered to bring all the students to the same level
  • All the materials of interest at TU Bergakademie Freiberg will be discussed
  • Depending on the knowledge of the students, either Quantum Mechanics or Mechanics of Materials will be offered

Second Semester

  • Advanced topics on Mechanical Engineering and Solid State Physics
  • Students will become familiar with Molecular Dynamics Modeling
  • Depending on their interests, students will be offered the possibility to ‘ascend’ the multiscale modeling hierarchy by studying Finite Element Method or ‘descend’ it by studying Density Functional Theory

Third Semester

  • The students will get familiar with Dislocation Theory and Dislocation Modeling
  • Advanced class in the field of Plasticity
  • Advanced class on modeling methods
  • Advanced class on scientific programming methods

Fourth Semester

  • The last semester is dedicated to the Master Thesis

Requirements for Graduations

  • By the end of the third semester, the students must complete the Programming Project. It consists of programming one numerical tool (choice between FEM, MD or DFT), writing the documentation for the tool and apply it to calculate one physical/mechanical property.
  • The research seminar will be discussed one week prior to the seminar during the Journal Club, where a literature review on the topic of the seminar will be made

timetable of the actual semester



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job opportunities

Opportunities after Graduation

The graduates will be well prepared to pursue their successful careers in academia or research centers. In addition, they will fulfill the requirements to work in many industrial areas such as automotive, metallurgy, microelectronics, materials manufacturing and processing or safety assessment.


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