Computational Mechanics

University of Duisburg-Essen

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
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The Computational Mechanics course from the University of Duisburg-Essen teaches students the underlying theory needed to apply and advance complex computer-assisted procedures. This involves correct use of models and algorithms, the correct carrying out and interpretation of experiments, and the error-free use of application programs.


The past few decades have seen rapid growth in the deployment of computer-assisted strategies to address practical problems. From construction and mechanical engineering disciplines such as finite element/volume calculation, to branches of medicine (e.g. biomechanics) and biology (e.g. evolution simulation), the list of areas where such strategies are applied is constantly expanding. 

This development is based on a fundamental concept that allows problems to be reliably analyzed using complex continuum mechanics modelling, numerical processes and experimental techniques. This concept, which comes under the heading of computational mechanics, bridges the gaps between theoretical model building, numerical processing and experimental reality.

These Computational Mechanics course from the University of Duisburg-Essen aims involve the following elements:

  • Model building:

Linear and non-linear continuum mechanics, phenomenological materials theory, structural mechanics, materials science and homogenization procedures;

  • Algorithms:

Numerical discretization and solution methods of mechanics, finite element methods, optimization processes and program development;

  • Experiments:

Materials science, metrology and parameter identification of material models;

  • Applications:

Computer-assisted simulation in all areas of engineering science and engineering practice.


Accredited by ASIIN

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Computer Languages for Engineers
  • Introduction to Numerical Methods
  • Tensor Calculus
  • Finite Element Method Foundation
  • Thermodynamics of Materials
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Method
  • Testing of Metallic Materials
  • Testing of Metallic Materials Lab
  • Master-Arbeit (einschließlich Kolloquium)
  • Continuum Mechanics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in German


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject area
  • with adequate length of studies and
  • with an average mark of at least 2.5 issued in Germany or a foreign equivalent.
  • When enrolling, applicants must prove that they have knowledge of the German and English language according to the completed level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.

All students are, however, subject to a student body and social contribution fee.


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Computational Mechanics
University of Duisburg-Essen


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