Computational Sciences (M.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester


winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Chemistry (B.Sc.)
Geosciences (B.Sc.)
Mathematics (B.Sc.)
Meteorology (B.Sc.)
Physics (B.Sc.)


Computational Sciences - Rechnergestützte Naturwissenschaft


Faculty 08: Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

Computer simulations are a now a core competency that is required to conduct research in the natural sciences. Some of the key achievements of our society include computed tomography, weather forecasting, solar cell technology, tsunami and earthquake warning systems to name but a few; moreover, simulations are also playing an ever more important role in the fundamental research undertaken in fields such chemistry, geosciences and physics. New roles have been created for mathematicians and natural scientists but this has been accompanied by major changes in what is now expected of them. Nowadays, for example, it is essential to have insight not only into your own subject but also into affiliated fields.
This Master’s degree program is designed to take all this into account and gives mathematics and natural science students the necessary tools to work in the fields above and many others using their interdisciplinary skills to create and use new, well-conceived computer simulations in the various applications post graduation.
The tools provided include a solid knowledge of the whole range of methodologies of numerical mathematics supplemented by relevant experience of their application in special natural science disciplines. During their first degree courses, students will have become familiar with and used the computer program packages that are employed in their discipline and will have acquired fundamental insight into their natural science field as well as the mathematical principles that represent the basis for further development of these packages. In particular, they will have learned methods that can be used to evaluate the reliability and transferability of their findings.
Interaction between representatives from the fields of mathematics and natural sciences creates a highly sought after qualification, as graduates of the program are thus prepared for teamwork and interdisciplinary cooperation beyond their narrow specialization, a quality that will prove very significant in their later careers.

Master Entrance Requirements

  1. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or the selected natural science major or an equivalent qualification awarded by an institute of higher education in Germany or abroad.
  2. Applicants must provide evidence of successful participation in a programming course in a higher programming language that is equivalent to 6 credit points or provide equivalent evidence of competence.
  3. They will be required to demonstrate that they have acquired at least 20 credit points (or meet an equivalent performance requirement) in Mathematics.
  4. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have acquired at least 20 credit points in the natural science subject that they have selected as their major, as follows:
    a) Geosciences: Proof of successful completion of courses equivalent to 20 credit points in a natural science subject or an equivalent performance as part of the previous degree course.
    b) Atmospheric Physics and Fluid and Solid State Physics: Proof of successful completion of courses equivalent to 20 credit points in Physics or Meteorology or an equivalent performance as part of the previous degree course.
    c) Theoretical Chemistry: Proof of successful completion of courses equivalent to 20 credit points in Physics or Physical Chemistry or an equivalent performance as part of the previous degree course.

If applicants are only able to demonstrate acquirement of a maximum of 14 of the 40 credit points specified in sections 3 and 4 by application deadline, they may be admitted to the program on the proviso that they acquire the outstanding credits during their first year in the program. Program participants who are unable to demonstrate to the Board of Examiners by the deadline that they have met the specified requirements will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Please complete and provide the supplemental Selection form with your application documents. You will find it included in the checklist at the end of your online application.

It is assumed that applicants have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; however, course participants will not be required to produce English language written papers or sit exams set in the English language unless otherwise specified in the regulations.

Applicants who have not acquired their university entrance qualification at a German institute of higher education or hold a qualification from a program that was not taught in German will need to provide proof of proficiency in the German language at the level of the ‘German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)’.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).