The Master's program takes four semesters and consists of mandatory and elective courses and a Master’s thesis. In the mandatory courses the students acquire the basic knowledge, which will enable them to deal rapidly with problems in the field of simulation sciences. To effectively prepare them for research work after the first semester students have the choice of focusing on simulations in engineering or simulations in physics. Moreover, students’ individual choice of elective courses gives them the opportunity to tailor the focus of their personal program – either application or method-oriented, interdisciplinary or subject-specific.
In the mandatory courses students will obtain a basic knowledge which will enable them to work on problems in the field of simulation sciences and their applications. These mandatory courses serve as so-called harmonization courses, in order to achieve a common advanced base for students with varying academic backgrounds.Mandatory courses are courses which have to be taken by all students in the program. Please see the overview table for details below.
The elective courses contain modules from mathematics, computer science, engineering, and the natural sciences and serve as specializing courses. By individually selecting elective courses the student determines the main focus of her / his curriculum; it may be methods-oriented, expert-oriented in a certain field, or interdisciplinary.Elective courses can be chosen from a wide range of fields. Please see the module handbook for details.
The study plan of each student will be set up individually together with a scientific and
an administrative mentor. The two mentors will advise and accompany the student
throughout her / his study. For all non-academic academic issues a service team will assist each student with problems of all kinds, e.g. bureaucratic affairs and housing.
The Master’s thesis is a written document (in English) giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to work independently and scientifically on a problem from the field of simulation sciences within a given time frame of 22 weeks. At the end of this period, students defend their thesis in a Master's colloquium. All professors of the RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich are potentially available to supervise the Master's thesis as long as the topic is related to the broad field of simulation.