Simulation Based Engineering Sciences - Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Focus on Computational Fluid Dynamics at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil

The HSR was founded in 1972, and is a part of the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO). The campus is located right on the bank of Lake Zurich in the city Rapperswil-Jona. In addition to its beautiful natural landscapes and diverse history, 1,400 companies also define the second largest city in the canton of St. Gallen. These include internationally renowned industrial companies, such as sanitary technology Geberit Group, the plastic technology company WICOR (Weidemann International Corporation) and the largest producer of building materials in the world, Lafarge, Holcim.

Program Overview

Beginning in fall 2016, the CAS in Computational Fluid Dynamics will be offered at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil in Switzerland. Where appropriate, courses can also be combined with modules from the master’s course offerings on the TH Ingolstadt and HAW Landshut to complete a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS). We would be happy to advise you further in this regard.

  • Recent offerings
    • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
    • Module Studies
  • Program begins in the fall
  • Comprehensive combination of modules as needed
  • Experienced professors from universities and from industry
  • The language of instruction is English if international students participate.
  • Lifelong learning: Even after degree completion, you can take module coursework.


Participant Group

The ideal candidates are college graduates, who have already collected professional experience in engineering or science, and who are interested in a professional or managerial career in the field of product development with a focus on fluid simulation. Since the study is supervised individually, it also takes into account the interests of newcomers as well as experienced professionals who wish to transfer from related fields of expertise. Thus, the offer is also open to professionals who have been contemplating a diploma, bachelor's, master's or even a doctoral degree.

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

The CAS “Computational Fluid Dynamics” is a module concept, that takes six months to complete and contains 15 ECTS-credits total. Every module ends with an exam.

Sequence of Study

The study is divided into classroom and self-study phases. The residential phase includes lectures, seminar-like classes and practical exercises. The 20 days of attendance are divided into several blocks, where you can expect two to three consecutive days of teaching (e.g. Thu, Fri, Sat). In addition, you should allow about 10 hours of self-study per week.


The CAS "Computational Fluid Dynamics" consists of three modules:

  • CFD in Practice
  • Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Mathematics and Computational Methods

You will acquire in-depth, hands-on knowledge of the simulation of fluid tasks and get deeper insight into the physical principles of fluid mechanics and mathematical and numerical methods.

Study Fees

The expected costs are 9.500 CHF, excluding any travel, board and accommodation costs.

Module Offerings


  • Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • CFD in Practice

Interdisciplinary Topics

  • Mathematics and Computational Methods

Additional Themes

Our partner universities offer modules from other areas of simulation-based engineering sciences such as computational mechanics or human medicine. These modules can be used to supplement courses for your CAS. A complete module summary can be found in our information material.

Admission Requirements

To gain admission the following conditions must be met:

  • University degree in engineering or science
  • At least one year of professional experience after the completion of your first degree

Those interested, who have not fulfilled the listed requirements, may also be able to gain admission in case of adequate professional experience.

Experience in the use of simulation software is recommended.

    University & Campus

    HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil

    The HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil is a member of the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO) that is supported by the three cantons St. Gallen, Schwyz and Glarus. It educates approximately 1,500 bachelor and master’s students in the fields of Technology & IT and architecture, civil engineering, and planning. In the application-oriented research and development (aF&E), the HSR pursues the active transfer of technology and knowledge. An optimal infrastructure ensures excellent accessibility to the campus, which has direct access to the public transportation station. From here, the Zurich, St. Gallen and Winterthur airports are very convenient, taking less than an hour to reach by train. When a study break is needed, students can enjoy the magnificent nature, lying on the shore of Lake Zurich without even leaving campus. A walk through the historic old town, with its famous castle Rapperswil, or a trip into the surrounding mountains is also worthwhile.

    Application for Batch 2018

      1. Please inform yourself in detail about the course of study and requirements. We encourage you to contact us early for a personal consultation
      2. Submit your Application form and all necessary documents by June 15th, at the latest. If you have individual documents that are missing, please contact us in time to arrange a custom schedule.
      3. Your application will be formally assessed by CADFEM esocaet for completeness. If there are questions or items that need clarification, we will contact you immediately.
      4. Your qualification requirements are checked at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. You will receive written information about the results.
      5. The contract will be confirmed through a written verification by HSR Weiterbildung. You will receive notifications concerning admission two weeks following the application deadline, at the latest.

        Reactions on the Course

        "Anyone who wants to offer outstanding products must optimize their flow properties. Companies that train their employees in fluid simulations thus have a decisive competitive advantage in the market."

        Prof. Dr. Henrik Nordborg
        Lecturer, HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil

        Program Advising

        M.Eng. Rosi Jahn

        T +49 / 8092 / 7005-81
        E rjahn(at)


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        Application for the next batch

        until June 15th 2018


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        esocaet Studies - Webinar (German)

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