Specifics of the Masters Program

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 facilites allow to simulate material behaviour starting from the atomic level over discrete microstructures up to very large engineering components.

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.

Since the winter semester of 2011/2012, the masters program in Computational Materials Science offered at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg has provided the unique opportunity to explore a wide range of length scales through an inter-disciplinary curriculum. Theoretical concepts are illustrated in the lectures by cutting-edge research applications. During the research seminars students have the opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers from industrial partners outside of the university. By the end of the two-year Masters program, graduates will have the scientific qualification to build links between Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, and Solid State Physics. Most importantly, they will have gained the capability in several computational methods to simulate material behavior.

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