Mechanics (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German; some lectures may be given in English|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) are comprised of a Technical University of Darmstadt Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mechanics or a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering in either Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Computational Engineering or Environmental Engineering, or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences' description. For further questions, please contact the departmental advisor’s office. Please also note the general information on the Master's Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.|
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
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The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Mechanics deepens and expands the mathematical and mechanical engineering skills and knowledge acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme as well as the application of methods of mechanics for solving scientific and engineering problems. Civil engineering and geodesy, mechanical engineering, mathematics and physics will be linked cross-departmentally at the interface of abstract mathematical and application-oriented engineering problems. The programme can be adjusted to the students’ individual interests by choosing from the extensive mandatory subject area along the different fields. For the final compilation of the personal examination and study plans, the mentor system will provide guidance and support.
The Master of Science in Mechanics materials is divided as follows into a Mandatory Subject Area and an Elective Subject Area/Optional Elective Area.
In the Mandatory Subject Area, the students will select a seminar from the Fluid Mechanics or Dynamics Field as well as a seminar from the Continuum or Solid Mechanics field.
The Elective Subject Area/Optional Elective Area is divided as follows:
- Elective Subject Area A: Specialisation Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics;
- Elective Subject Area B: Specialisation Continuum and Solid Mechanics;
- Elective Subject Area C: Mechanics, Natural Sciences and Engineering;
- General Optional Elective Area
As the last area, the Master’s Thesis concludes the programme. This independent research project takes an entire semester, thereby forming a major part of the Master’s degree programme.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science in Mechanics focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing students with more depth and breadth scientifically and more insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related degree programs
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Graduates of the Mechanics Master’s programme cover the specific demand in the interface between training in abstract mathematics and application-oriented engineering. The possible fields of occupation for graduates are, for example, research and development departments with a mechanical-theoretical focus.
This programme based on higher mechanics and mathematics enables graduates with a Master’s degree in Mechanics to work as executive mechanics engineers, for example
- in the traditional fields of mechanical engineering (automotive industry and suppliers, synthetic materials and rubber products, crash simulations, acoustics, power plants, reliability etc.) and
- in civil engineering (steel construction, soil mechanics and porous materials, material fatigue, nonlinear shells and plates, fracture-mechanical problems in construction, operational stability etc.),
- as well as in fields of materials science (micromechanical modelling and optimisation of materials. microsystem technology, nanotechnology, coupled material properties etc.),
- in astronautics (fluid-mechanical problems, shape improvements, dynamics of multi-body systems),
- in environmental engineering (continuum-mechanical field problems of open and closed systems, energy transport, thermomechanical and chemomechanical coupling),
- in biomechanics (kinematics of joints, modelling of tissue and arteries, blood flow etc.),
- in economics (transfer of optimization and approximation algorithms)
- and in scientfic positions at universities and research facilities.
It is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA) (German Association of Mechanical and Plant Engineering)
Verband Deutscher Ingenieure e.V. (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)