COMMAS provides the basis of high-tech engineering design.

Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures


The M.Sc. program COMMAS is about the development and implementation of numerical methods and simulation techniques to deal with advanced engineering problems. Students learn different practical and powerful approaches to model, understand, predict and validate responses of complex materials and structures encountered in almost all engineering disciplines. One of the unique characteristics of COMMAS is that it is an interdisciplinary program and have close cooperation with the faculties of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. The program has strong collaborations with local and international research centers as well as industrial partners.

The entire Master Program can be studied in English and takes two years (four semesters) including a master thesis. COMMAS has been designed to be a very compact graduate programme. It attracts also people who already have finished other studies to gain expertise in the promising field of Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures.


Course Content

The first semester is dedicated to the compulsory courses (continuum mechanics, material theory, numerical methods, scientific programming, engineering materials). During the following semesters students choose courses from wide range of electives. A special part of the curriculum is the one-week summer school which is given by internationally known researchers usually invited from other universities. This aims to introduce students to current developments in computational mechanics. The last semester is devoted to the master thesis.


Curriculum in Detail


A bachelor degree in engineering or in a related field is required in addition to an international English language test. Applicants coming from certain countries might be applied to addtional requirements. More and complete information on the admission requirements can be found in the following link.



Admission requirements


Graduates of this program can apply their knowledge in almost all engineering problems. Examples are simulation of automobile crash tests, prediction of failure load of materials, modeling biological tissues, development of functional materials to be used in robotics among others. COMMAS is a strongly research oriented program. Therefore the students are also ideally prepared for careers at universities, laboratories and research centers.

We have added a more detailed entry in our FAQs section about the possible application areas, which can be accessed via the following link.


Application areas


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Degree Information

  • The masters degree generally requires a minimum of two academic years of study.
  • Program consists of 3 semesters of course work and one semester (6 months) of research, i.e., thesis work. Research can be done either at the university, at one of our partner universities or in industry.
  • The curriculum focuses on what is considered to be the future main emphasis of computational mechanics, an area in which the University of Stuttgart ranks high internationally. For further information of the curriculum please refer to the following website.


COMMAS grants the following degree: Master of Science in Computational Mechanics of Materials and Structures (M.Sc.).


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