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Overview

Overview

Simulation Sciences – SiSc – is an interdisciplinary, accredited Master’s program taught in English for graduates of a Bachelor’s program in science or engineering. The course is offered by RWTH Aachen and is supported by Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Simulation sciences is taken to mean those disciplines which, on the one hand, deal with basic methodological principles and, on the other hand, with applications of computer simulations in science and engineering. Due to the exponential development of modern high-performance computers, these disciplines are gaining ever greater significance and now represent the third pillar of research complementing experiment and theory. Well-known areas in which computer simulations are extensively used are, for instance, climate research, materials science and biotechnology.

Programme Structure

 

The Master's program takes four semesters and consists of mandatory and elective courses and a written Master’s thesis. In the mandatory courses the students will acquire the basic knowledge which will enable them to deal rapidly with problems in the field of simulation sciences. In order to effective prepare for research work, students have the possibility to focus on simulations in engineering or physics after the first semester.

Furthermore, the have the opportunity to tailor the focus of their personal curriculum with a selection of electives – either application or method-oriented, interdisciplinary or subject-specific.

The Master’s thesis is a written paper 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 will 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 if the topic is related to simulation.

Entry Requirement

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
  • Proficiency in English

Career Prospects

 

Career opportunities in numerous professional fields are open to graduates of the Master’s program in Simulation Sciences. Due to its interdisciplinarity, the program addresses the areas of methodology, basic principles and applications of simulation sciences that are currently in very great demand.

Potential employers can be found in both research and industry. For example, cost cutting means that computer simulations now replace expensive experiments, which makes it attractive for industry to employ well-qualified experts in the field. Since the program is taught in English, the graduates are moreover well qualified for the international market.

 


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