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Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures (COMMAS) University of
Stuttgart Stuttgart
Master of Science in COMMAS
Course language(s)


Language of instruction and examinations: English

Classes are taught in English. However, students who
are proficient in the German language may choose
additional electives taught in German in the second
and third semesters. Although the programme is taught
in English, part of the programme is German language
classes. Knowledge of the German language will help
the students during daily life and offers an additional
useful skill for their future.


Admission semester
Winter semester only
Winter semester - October
Programme duration
The entire Master's programme takes two years (four
semesters with 120 ECTS credits) including a onesemester thesis. COMMAS was designed to be a very
compact graduate programme.
Prior to the first semester, a six-week intensive
German language pre-sessional course of 180 hours
takes place.
The first two semesters are accompanied by German
language classes.
Application deadline
All applicants: 15 February for the following winter
Course content
Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures
is concerned with the simulation of advanced
engineering problems using modelling techniques,
computer implementation, experimental verification
and case study investigation. This Master of Science
programme provides a basis in high-tech engineering

Universitt Stuttgart
Institut fr Mechanik (Bauwesen)
Prof Dr-Ing Christian Miehe
Pfaffenwaldring 7
70569 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 (0) 7 11-68 56 63 78
Fax. +49 (0) 7 11-68 56 63 47

Course website

design for a broad spectrum of applications.

This rapidly expanding area of science has
engendered a great many research activities and is
accompanied by strong international collaborations.
Graduates of this unique Master's programme will be
qualified to find employment in a wide range of
professions, e.g. as research and development
engineers or technical consultants and managers in
industry, at laboratories or universities.
The Master's programme attracts people who already
have finished other studies and wish to gain expertise
in the fertile field of Computational Mechanics of
Materials and Structures.
Educational organisation
The Master of Science programme is four semesters
long. During the first semester, all students take the
same modules and courses and concentrate on the
basics of mechanics, statics and dynamics, numerical
methods, discretisation methods and software
All courses not only provide an extensive introduction
but also a deep knowledge of the most important areas
in the field of Computational Mechanics of Materials
and Structures.
During the second and third semesters, subjects can
be chosen from a large variety of courses. In order to
establish and promote international interaction, further
advanced subjects are delivered in summer school by
internationally recognised experts.
The fourth semester is dedicated to the thesis. It is
embedded into the current scientific activities of the
participating research groups.
On successful completion of the programme (120
ECTS credits), students are awarded a Master of
Science and will be entitled to continue to study for a
doctoral degree without having to meet additional
academic requirements. Special PhD programmes in
this field are offered at the Universitt Stuttgart.
Study abroad unit(s)
A period of study abroad is not mandatory, but it is
possible to write the Master's thesis at one of the
foreign partner institutions.
No internship required
Forms of assessment
Written Exams
Oral Exams
ECTS credits
Course-related German
language courses

Submit application to
Universitt Stuttgart
Institut fr Mechanik (Bauwesen)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Miehe
Pfaffenwaldring 7
70550 Stuttgart

Course objectives
Master of Science
Tuition fees
No tuition fees
Enrolment fees
Approx. 150 EUR per semester
Costs of living
To cover living expenses, you will need about 750 EUR
per month. This is for rent (approx. 240-350 EUR),
health insurance for non-EU residents (approx. 75
EUR), the semester ticket for public transport (180
EUR/six months), food (approx. 200 EUR), other
incidental expenses and working materials (approx.
100 EUR).
Job opportunities
Owing to its location in the heart of one of Europe's
largest high-tech regions, there are many opportunities
to find employment. Nevertheless, please do not come
to Germany expecting to be able to finance your entire
studies by working. The study load is very high and it is
not always easy to find a part-time job. Non-EU
citizens are allowed by law to work for a maximum of
120 days per year. Students who are employed by the
university in one of the institutes or departments
("Studentische Hilfskrfte") are exempt from this
regulation, but other restrictions apply. You are not
allowed to work during the first year while attending a
German language class in preparation for the TestDaF.
Language requirements
A TOEFL (CB) score of 213 points or equivalent test
results (e.g. TOEFL IBT 80 or TOEFL PB 550, IELTS
Band 6.0) as proof of sufficient knowledge of English
International students without prior knowledge of the
German language have to attend the German intensive
language course preceding the programme in

Academic requirements
BSc in engineering or natural science or equivalent
TOEFL, minimum 80 pts (internet-based test) or
equivalent test results (e.g. TOEFL IBT 80 or TOEFL
PB 550, IELTS Band 6.0) as proof of sufficient
knowledge of English
Where to apply
Universitt Stuttgart
Institut fr Mechanik (Bauwesen)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Miehe

Pfaffenwaldring 7
70550 Stuttgart
Arrival support
A pick-up service is part of our welcome package. If
you wish, you will be contacted before your departure
and, if you arrive between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm, you
will be met at Stuttgart airport or railway station and
taken to your accommodation. Your host partner will
also help you to deal with all formalities.
Services and support for
international students
Cross-Cultural Mentoring
The Office of International Affairs invites international
degree students to sign up for its Cross-Cultural
Mentoring Programme. The programme is intended to
ease initial challenges at the university as well as to
offer study information, counselling services, subjectspecific tutorials, courses, and activities during the
whole study programme.
For further information, please contact:
The Welcoming Service
We want to make you feel at home here very quickly. If
you wish, a German host partner ("buddy") will pick
you up at the airport or railway station and help you
with all formalities. This service is free of charge.
Please register online:
ces/welcoming/index.en.html [http://www.ia.uni
Have a safe journey! See you soon in Stuttgart!
Both campuses in Stuttgart-Vaihingen and in Stuttgart
city centre have on-site halls of residence. Dorm rooms
(ranging from 240-350 EUR per month) are furnished,
some are equipped with a sink, and all have access to
kitchen and sanitary facilities, telephone and internet.
From the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, the city of
Stuttgart can be reached by suburban railway within
ten minutes. If you are under 30 years old and want to
apply for a room in one of the student dormitories,
please contact the Student Service:
Studentenwerk Stuttgart
Rosenbergstrae 18
70174 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (0)7 11-9 57 44 70
Fax: +49 (0)7 11-9 57 44 50

Internet: [http://www.sws-inte]
Course website []
About the university
Universitt Stuttgart - A Research University of
International Standing
The Universitt Stuttgart is a research-intensive
university with a focus on engineering and science, as
well as outstanding departments in the humanities,
social sciences and economics. It has established itself
as an internationally renowned centre for research and
training. The high quality of research at the Universitt
Stuttgart has just been rewarded in the second part of
the joint federal and state Excellence Initiative
Programme. A cluster of excellence in the field of
simulation technology as well as a graduate school in
advanced manufacturing engineering have been
selected for funding by the German Research
The university's joint projects with a number of
institutes, the Fraunhofer Society, the Max Planck
Society, the German Aerospace Centre, and many
other research institutions make the Universitt
Stuttgart a driving force in technological innovation in
one of Europe's most dynamic high-tech regions.
Facts and figures
- Approx. 26,500 students
- Approx. 5,000 international students from more than
100 countries
- More than 100 Bachelor's and Master's programmes
- Master's programmes taught in English
- About 150 institutes in ten faculties
A research university
The university constantly strives to react to the
dynamics of change in the knowledge society. It
ensures that, whenever required, its research and
teaching activities have an interdisciplinary focus, and
makes use of the latest teaching technology (such as
e-learning, blended learning, and virtual classrooms).
The work of selected research centres and training
groups extends beyond the traditional limits of
individual faculties, conducting teaching and research
within a flexible framework in pioneering fields of study.
Research centres such as the High Performance
Computing Center, the Institute for Visualisation and
Interactive Systems, the Center for Systems Biology,
or the Aerospace Center have set milestones in the
ongoing development of vital, cutting-edge
In the subjects we teach, we have become one of the

most popular educational institutions in the world.

Around 26,500 students from more than 100 different
countries are enrolled in courses offered by the 150
institutes in our ten faculties. We have some 110
Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes, including
Master's programmes taught in English.
Our International Centre provides a "Cross-Cultural
Mentoring Programme" as well as a "Welcoming
Service" for international freshmen - including German
language classes for international students wishing to
study for a degree here.
Total number of
Total percentage of
international students
20 %
About the city
The city of Stuttgart, with about 600,000 inhabitants, is
the state capital of Baden-Wrttemberg. Situated in the
valley of the River Neckar, between the hills of the
Swabian Alb and the Black Forest, it is often called
"the city between forests and vineyards". A large
number of cultural highlights are to be found in the city,
including the State Opera, the famous ballet founded
by John Cranko, theatres, concert and musical halls,
art galleries, and various museums. The Stuttgart
region is one of Europe's strongest high-tech regions specialised in industries such as car manufacturing,
environmental technologies, machine tools,
electronics, information and communication
technology. Many internationally renowned companies
such as Bosch, Daimler, Porsche and IBM Germany
have their headquarters and factories in the greater
Stuttgart region. In addition, numerous smaller
companies producing machine tools, textiles, precision
instruments, and luxury items are located here.

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