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Computational Science and Engineering (CSE)

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) combines applied mathematics, computer science and scientific or engineering applications. It offers students a chance to become part of the elite program of the Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering (BGCE).

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Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is a rapidly developing field that brings together applied mathematics (especially numerical analysis), computer science, and scientific or engineering applications. CSE focuses on developing problem-solving methodologies and robust tools for numerical simulation. To understand phenomena and processes from science and engineering, we no longer need to depend only on theory and experiment, but can also use computations. Numerical simulations supplement experiments and can even allow the examination of systems and problems that would be too time-consuming, expensive, or dangerous (if possible at all) to study by experiment alone.

The high level of detail and realism in these simulations requires advanced skills in mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, efficient algorithms, computer architecture, software design and implementation, validation, and visualization of results. This program equips engineering, science, or mathematics graduates with the skills required for a successful professional or academic career in CSE.

How is the program structured?

The Master’s in Computational Science and Engineering is a multidisciplinary program taught in English over four semesters. The first three semesters involve lectures, tutorials, and seminars, while the fourth semester is reserved for your master's thesis.

The program covers a wide range of subjects and research areas, including numerical analysis, computer science, scientific computing and diverse applications like computational physics, computational fluid dynamics, visualization, and many more. In order to ensure a broad spectrum of topics as well as excellent expertise in each field, the CSE program is offered in cooperation with seven TUM departments.

All of the program's mandatory modules are taught in English, but some modules offered within the application areas may be bilingual (German lectures and English course material, or vice versa) or conducted in German, thus giving a broader choice of application fields.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

Upon graduating with a M.Sc. in Computational Science and Engineering, you possess a great portfolio of skills in the areas of Computer Science, Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing as well as their relevant Applications, Methods and Techniques. 

Computer Science focuses on Advanced Programming, Computer Architecture and Networks, Fundamental Algorithms, Parallel Programming, Scientific Visualization, the Programming of Supercomputers and Patterns in Software Engineering. 

In the area of Numerical Analysis, the core subjects offered are Numerical Programming and Parallel Numerics.

You have also gained theoretical as well as practical skills in scientific computing, and are capable of applying your theoretical knowledge in your individual focus area to questions of current research.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Graduates of the master’s program in Computational Science and Engineering can look forward to an inspiring career. Considered an important and dynamic field, Computational Science and Engineering is an emerging discipline that extends into all fields from which it evolved – applied mathematics, engineering and science applications, high performance computing, and many more. Accordingly, job opportunities and career paths are diverse, constantly exploring new fields of application, and usually characterized by a high level of interdisciplinarity.

Thanks to their computational abilities, advanced programming skills and understanding of sophisticated models and algorithms, computational science and engineering graduates are high in demand to solve large-scale problems once thought to be unmanageable. 

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher subject semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline

Do I have to complete an internship?

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.

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