ICAMS / Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation

Module Explanation


   Basic Courses

1 Compulsory module from basic courses
2 Compulsory/Optional module from basic courses
2a Compulsory module for all students
2b To be chosen from diverse courses depending on the students? prerequisites:

for Bachelors of Science:

  • Assessment and Description of Materials Properties (2b-N1)
  • Materials Processing (2b-N2)

if you wish your Master?s degree to be recognized by the faculty of Physics:

  • If students wish their Master?s degree to be recognized by the faculty of Physics, eg. to continue their studies by acquiring a doctoral degree in Physics, they can choose from those modules that are in accordance with the doctoral regulations of the faculty and under the condition that they fulfil the respective requirements as fixed at the beginning of their studies together with their adviser of studies.

for Bachelors of engineering:

  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics in Solid State Physics (2b-E1)
  • Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics (2b-E2)


   Compulsory Courses

3-5 The compulsory courses comprise the scientific focus of the programme and are therefore mandatory for every student.


   Profile Modules in Materials Science

6 Profile module 1 (MS) has to be chosen from the following courses:

  • Interfaces and Surfaces (6-MS1)
  • Data-driven Materials Science (6-MS2)
  • Phase-field Theory and Application (6-MS3)
  • Introduction to Parallel- and Scientific Computing (6-MS4)
  • Continuum Mechanics (6-MS5, Import from the Master’s programme „Computational Engineering“)
7 Profile module 2 (PC) has to be chosen from the following courses of the engineering Master’s programmes „Materials Engineering“ and „Micro-Engineering“ or from the Master’s programme „Chemistry“:

  • Modern Coating Technologies (7-PC1)
  • Fundamental Aspects of Materials Science and Engineering (7-PC2)
  • Mems and Nanotechnology (7-PC3)
  • Polymers and Shape Memory Alloys (7-PC4)
8-9 Profile modules 3 and 4 can be chosen freely from the following courses:

  • Multiscale Mechanics of Materials (8-MS1)
  • Advanced Atomistic Simulation Methods (8-MS2)
  • Computational Fracture Mechanics (8-MS3)
  • The CALPHAD Method (8-MS4)
  • Mechanical Modelling of Materials (8-MS5, Import from the Master’s programme „Computational Engineering“)
  • Solidification Processing (9-PC1)
  • Advanced Materials Processing and Microfabrication (9-PC2, Import from the Master’s programme „Werkstoff-Engineering“)
  • Surface Science and Corrosion (9-PC3, Import from the Master’s programme „Werkstoff-Engineering“)
  • Materials for Aerospace Applications (9-PC4, Import from the Master’s programme „Werkstoff-Engineering“)
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Materials Characterization Techniques (9-PC5, Import from the Master’s programme „Werkstoff-Engineering“)


   General Optional Courses

10, 11 Any course from a science or engineering Master’s programme will be recongnized. The recommendations of the course programme at this point are not binding.


   Non-technical/Non-scientific optional Courses

12 These courses should be chosen from the key qualifications courses like Documenting and Communicating Science, Project and Quality Management, Business Skills, Intercultural Competence etc.



13,14 The project report and the Master’s thesis represent pieces of practical self-guided research and make up 30% of all credit points.