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Spinning a gigantic machine part with 100km/hr around its own axis or testing the new airbag generation of a secrete car prototype in a simulated crash test – in computation engineering manufacturing and production processes, design, and material compositions can be investigated before being technically implemented. Computer-supported simulation processes held avoid bad investments and allow for reliable risk estimates.

The challenge of this interdisciplinary subject is the mathematical presentation of the relevant questions, that is the modelling. If this is achieved, technical solutions can be developed, tested, and optimized using computers.

Specialists in computational engineering science receive an interdisciplinary education at RWTH. They acquire expertise in mechanical engineering, simulation technology, computer science, and mathematics.

After broad fundamental studies students concentrate on one of six career fields offered starting in the fifth semester:

  • The field energy technology and process engineering teaches information and skills about the development, operation, anaylsis, and improvement of processes for energy and chemical changes. Simulations ensure that these processes can be efficiently designed.
  • In computer science students are occupied with the implementation of (high performance) computers to solve simulation problems in engineering.
  • Mathematics targets the development of mathematical models and numerical processes, with which a problem can be abstracted and solved with the help of a computer.
  • In materials science students acquire a look into the discovery, development, manufacture, and use of innovative materials. These are used, for example, in clean energy and national security.
  • The field of mechanical systems uses fundamental methods and approaches to theoretical modelling, numerical simulation, and experimental validation, and is applied broadly in all engineering disciplines.
  • Flow and combustion offers a look at the development of internal combustion engines and power plant components. Particular attention is placed on fluid and combustion-technical optimization.

Programme Structure

Semester Fundamentals
1 Simulation Technology I and II, Materials Science, Mechanics I and II, Mathematical Basics I, Introduction to Programming
2 Mechanics I and II, Thermodynamics I and II, Mathematical Basics II, Data Structures and Algorithms
3 Simulation Technology I and II, Thermodynamics I and II, Mathematical Basics III, Software Engineering, Process measurement Technology, High-Performance Computing
4 Fluid Mechanics I, Mathematics Basics IV, Introduction to Applied Stochastics, Software Development internship, Mechanics III
5 Control Engineering, Partial Differential Equations, Software Development Internship, Data Analysis and Visualization
  Subjects from the selected career field
6 Model supported techniques of estimation, Numerical Flow Simulation, Project
  Subjects from the selected career field
7 Internship and Bachelor's thesis

Entry Requirement


  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects


Whether it's the auotomotive industry, aerospace engineering, or the energy sector – the development of complex products or production methods would hardly be conceivable without computer simulation. The financial, material, and personnel effort would be too high – and that's without a guarantee of success! After studying computational engineering science young engineers can work in all fields, in which technical questions in mechanical engineering are solved with modern IT.

Graduates of the RWTH course of study profit from their broad technical background and their interdisciplinary problem-solving skills. Their studies open the door to all fields, in which computer-supported process are used to develop innovative products.


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