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Computational Materials Science

Study concept

The constantly accelerating technological progress of today's society requires engineers and scientists who have a sound knowledge of natural and material sciences and are able to apply programming and simulation techniques as well as data processing and analysis.

Computational Materials Science graduates become key players in industrial research and development; they shape scientific and engineering research that focuses on the design, processing and application of novel high-tech materials with superior mechanical, thermodynamic and electronic properties.

At TU Bergakademie Freiberg, we bring together renowned researchers and enthusiastic lecturers from different scientific fields to provide our students with the education they need for an outstanding career in Computational Materials Science (CMS).

Theoretical concepts presented in the CMS lectures are illustrated by state-of-the-art research applications. An intensive introductory seminar brings students up to speed with scientific programming and modern computing environments. During the research seminars, they have the opportunity to exchange ideas with leading scientists and experienced engineers at the industrial partners. In accompanying practical exercises, students learn how to apply all relevant modern simulation methods - and that is just one of the truly outstanding aspects of this degree program. In elective subjects, you will be introduced to special topics in computational engineering/mechanics - or to advanced topics in data mining and machine learning in data-driven materials science.

Among other things, you will learn the theoretical background and practical application of the following numerical/simulation methods:

  • Linear/nonlinear finite element methods (FEM)
  • Molecular statics and molecular dynamics (MS/MD)
  • Machine learning (ML), in particular Deep Learning (DL)
  • Phase Field Methods (PFM)
  • Statistical Analysis Methods
  • Digital Image Analysis/Correlation
  • Monte Carlo Methods (MC)
  • Cellular Automata (CA)

CMS students are in the top 5% of their year, which ensures an intensive study environment with excellent performance. Small classes encourage interaction and discussion and allow you to develop your ideas. In addition, the study environment shines with an exceptional ratio of teaching staff to the total number of students enrolled.

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Please note that this is an English-language Master's degree program. Applications can be made online via the applicant portal and are possible for the winter semester from 1 January to 15 April.

Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (Faculty 4)
Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Standard period of study
4 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Admission requirement

Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, materials science, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, applied computer science/computer science, physics, applied mathematics or comparable degree programs

Course language
Professional advice
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Eidel
Dean of Studies Computational Materials Science, Julius-Weisbach-Bau, Room 125
Lampadiusstraße 4
bernhard.eidel [at]
Central Student Advisory Service
Zentrale Studienberatung
Prüferstr. 2, 3. OG, Raum 3.405
studienberatung [at]
Student Council
Student Council Faculty 4 (Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering)
Leipziger Str. 28
fsr4 [at]

Why study Computational Materials Science at TUBAF?

CMS is a unique multidisciplinary program. The focus of CMS is on the modelling and simulation of material behaviour on different length scales. Programming is also carried out for this purpose, from smaller software tools to code extensions and larger programming projects. Who is the program suitable for? Those 

  • who are interested in and enjoy solving tasks and problems in physics/mechanics/materials science with computers,
  • who want to understand how engineering problems can be modelled with a mathematical description of physical laws and solved using modern computer methods,
  • who want to simulate material behaviour on very different length scales, from the atomic level to large-scale structures.
  • are interested in combining theoretical concepts with project-related applications.
  • are enthusiastic about AI methods such as machine learning and deep learning in particular.

Interests and skills you should bring with you

  • Interest and knowledge in the fields of natural sciences and engineering
  • Scientific thinking and independent work
  • A certain "computer affinity"
  • Interest in the behaviour of materials

Prerequisites for the degree programme

  • A first professionally qualifying university degree of at least six semesters (e.g. Bachelor's degree) in the fields of mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, materials science, physics, applied mathematics and computer science or in a comparable subject area
  • Proof of English language skills through a recognised language test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with at least 90 points (internet-based test) or the International English Language Test System (IELTS) with a score of at least 6.5 or equivalent.e.g. the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with at least 90 points (internet-based test) or the International English Language Test System (IELTS) with a result of at least 6.5 or an equivalent test with a corresponding result. English as a native language (not the national or official language) is recognised as equivalent.

"I liked the way CMS was structured as lectures and tutorials. It gave us a much needed hands-on experience of using programming languages and solving problems associated with the lecture topics. CMS kept me busy and excited day in and day out with its new interdisciplinary dimensions. I got a stronghold in programming by the end of the course. I have always stood out in my workspace for the engineering and programming skills that I bring to them. Overall, it has been an incredible journey for me."

Additional contact information

If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Studies of the Computational Materials Science program, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Bernhard Eidel (for contact details see contact box) or

Dr Egle Dietzen
Dean's Office of Faculty 4
Leipziger Straße 30, 09599 Freiberg
egle [dot] dietzen [at] dekanat4 [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de (egle[dot]dietzen[at]dekanat4[dot]tu-freiberg[dot]de)
+49 3731 39-3094