Master in Computational Materials Science (CMS)

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:4 semestrs
Deadline: Apr 15, 2021
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At the 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 international Master's programme 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 interdisciplinary curriculum. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with cutting-edge research applications in the lectures. During the research seminars, students will have the opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers from industrial partners outside of the university. By the end of the two-year Master's programme, graduates will have the scientific qualification to build links between mechanical engineering, materials sciences, and solid state physics. Most importantly, they will have gained the capability to simulate material behaviour using several computational methods.

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

Materials issues play an important role in all fields of engineering: mechanical, civil, process, aerospace, automotive, microelectronics, energy and environment. A true understanding of natural and technical materials can only be achieved by studying the phenomena at different length scales, i. e. a multi-scale approach is needed. We know that all matter is made up of atoms and molecules on the atomic scale, which is the subject of quantum physics. On the next higher scale of micrometers, one can observe the discrete microstructure of a material, consisting of crystals and molecular chains as well as defects involved as dislocations, precipitations and more. This scale is the subject of solid state physics and materials science. Going on, one realizes a collective arrangement of material constituents as polycrystals, multi-phase alloys, particle or fibre reinforced matrices, which is called the mesoscale. Finally, we deal with structural components in the engineering world on the macroscale. This level is the subject of continuum mechanics end engineering mechanics for the purpose of design. Nowadays, it has been recognised that all mentioned scales are important in order to understand, to predict and to optimise the mechanical properties of materials, i.e. their deformation, strength and durability. The Master's programme on Computational Materials Science at TU Bergakademie Freiberg aims to educate talented, ambitious students exactly in this emerging field and to improve their understanding of the multi-scale nature of materials.

Educational organisation

First semester
Background courses will be offered to bring all students to the same level.
All the materials of interest at TUBAF will be discussed: metals, ceramics, semi-conductors, sensors

Second semester
Advanced topics on mechanical engineering and solid state physics
Students will become familiar with molecular dynamics modelling, continuum mechanics, finite element method and fracture mechanics.

Third semester
Students will become familiar with dislocation theory and discrete element modelling.
Advanced class in the field of plasticity
Advanced class on high performance computing
Personal project on scientific programming methods

Fourth semester
The last semester is dedicated to the Master's thesis

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Study abroad unit(s)

Not usually included, but possible

Forms of assessment

Written exams, oral exams, home assignments, project work

Course objectives

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

Language requirements

TOEFL with at least 79 points (Internet-based), 213 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based) or equivalent tests
IELTS score 6.0

Academic requirements

Candidate Profile
The Computational Materials Science Master's Programme is open to students who want to build bridges between fundamental science and engineering science. The CMS programme is designed to attract students from different fields of science and engineering to emulate an interdisciplinary environment and enable team work between scientists and engineers.

Minimum Conditions of Admission
Bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Solid State Physics or other comparable studies.
Grade Point Average better than 75%.
Last degree (Bachelor's or Master's) must be less than two years ago.

Enrolment fees

Approx. 90 EUR per semester

Costs of living

Living costs amount to 500-600 EUR per month, including accommodation, insurance, food, sports, and other costs.

Job opportunities

There are opportunities for part-time work and student jobs.

Funding opportunities within the university

The "Deutschlandstipendium" is open to international students.

Arrival support

The International Centre provides support to new international students by assigning a mentor to each new student. A buddy is a German or international student who speaks German and English, sometimes French, Spanish or Russian. The mentor takes the newcomer through the first steps in Freiberg and at the university, i.e. picking the student up at the train station upon arrival, helping with enrolment, and with all other required administrative formalities (e.g. health care, opening a bank account, administrative formalities at city hall). Students who wish to participate need to register well in advance of their arrival (

Services and support for international students

Intensive and individual professional advice is provided by the supervisors and coordinators of the programme. The International Centre offers support to all international students with the buddy programme and German language courses as well as information and consultation about studying and living in Freiberg.
Student initiatives offer valuable cultural services for all students and PhD students at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and support the intercultural exchange at the university. Their activities include the international weekend at the beginning of the winter semester, the regular international corner with thematic evenings, and trips to interesting places in Germany.
Psychological counselling is also provided to all students in need.


A limited number of places are available in the dormitories ( The rent for a room ranges from 170 to 320 EUR per month. The International Centre offers support in finding accommodation on the private rental market (
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