Simulation Based Engineering Sciences - Applied Computational Mechanics

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Focus on Applied Computational Mechanics at the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt and UAS Landshut

The close proximity to the Bavarian automobile manufacturers Audi and BMW, as well as excellent transport links around Munich, allow the Technische Hochschule (TH) Ingolstadt and the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Landshut to provide an environment with excellent industry contacts and opportunities for growth. With CARISSMA (the Center of Automotive Research on Integrated Safety Systems and Measurement Area) a science research and testing center has been authorized at the TH beginning in 2016.

Program Overview

2005 marked the first time the part-time master’s degree program Applied Computational Mechanics was offered jointly by the universities of Landshut and Ingolstadt through CADFEM. Since 2015 engineers and scientists can study through the part-time master’s degree program Simulation-based Engineering Sciences (SBES), focusing on Applied Computational Mechanics.

  • Possible Degrees
    • Master’s (M.Eng., 90 ECTS-credits)
    • Module studies
  • Recognition of competencies, that participants already acquire at work
  • Yearly program starts in September. Those with specific background knowledge may have the possibility to enroll later.  
  • Flexible Scheduling: Master’s degrees usually take four semesters to complete. With a reduced course-load it will take longer.
  • Comprehensive combination of modules as needed
  • Experienced professors from different universities and from industry
  • The language of instruction is English
  • 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 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 other applications. Thus, the offer is also open to professionals who have been contemplating a diploma, bachelor's, master's or even a doctoral degree.

Module Course Offerings

Structure Mechanics

  • Solid Mechanics*
  • Finite Element Method*
  • Geometrical Nonlinear and Contact Analysis*
  • Materials and Material Models*
  • Computational Dynamics*
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics
  • Multi Body Systems


  • Mechatronics

Interdisciplinary Topics

  • Acoustics
  • Mathematics and Computational Methods*
  • Experimental Validation
  • Modeling Techniques
  • Optimization and Robust Design
  • Scientific Programming

Simulation Management

  • Management of Product Development
  • Project*

Additional Themes

Our partner universities offer modules from other areas of simulation-based engineering sciences such as fluid dynamics or human medicine. A complete module summary can be found in our information material.

* Compulsory master’s program modules

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

The career-integrated program is a module-concept and contains 90 ECTS-credits total. Successful graduates will earn their Master of Engineering degree (M.Eng.), which enables them to apply for their doctoral degree thereafter.

Time Period

The study is divided into in-person and self-study phases. The classroom includes lectures, seminar-like classes and practical exercises. Overall, you need to plan for about 45 days of in-person attendance within two-years, as well as eight to ten hours per week for independent study. The classroom teaching takes place at one of the two universities, usually on Friday and Saturday. Thus, the program is specifically tailored to the needs of those who are working, and it can also be completed with longer travel distances.

Sequence of Study

Participants in the master’s program must first have their university degree, as well as at least one year of professional experience in the field of engineering or natural science.

Curriculum Master ACM

In the initial semester four method-oriented and application-specific modules are at the forefront, of which you may select three yourself. As part of your previous employment or as part of your higher education, you probably already acquired some of these necessary on-the-job skills. Therefore, you may receive credit for the first semester modules if evidence of comparable skills is displayed after an individual examination (Credits for Professional Experience). This can reduce the study period from five to four semesters for many students.

Over the next three semesters at least nine specialized modules must be completed from the module listing, including seven compulsory modules. The elective courses can be selected from the module catalogue of the master program or from a range of cooperating higher education institutions, so long as they are equivalent. We are happy to provide personalized advising concerning the aspects of the first semester, and the possibility to earn credit through individual modules.  

The master thesis generally involves the scientific processing of a task for the student’s company. The final program component takes place through a master’s thesis defense at the university. 

Study Fees

Fees: 20,000 EUR excluding Studentenwerk contributions
Payment: per semester / Tuition costs can be paid by the firm: yes

We have compiled information regarding student finances.

Module Studies

Each of the modules offered by the program can be taken individually. In order to achieve optimum learning, you should take note of the recommended prior knowledge. A module comprises 5 ECTS points and concludes with an examination. Under certain circumstances, the combination may be useful along with another module.

Time Period

The study is divided into in-person and self-study units. The live classroom portion will usually be on Friday and Saturday at one of the two universities and generally includes 9 to 10 half-days. For self-study, you should plan another 70 hours. Upon successful completion you receive a certificate of academic achievement.

Module Study Offerings

The current course offerings are available under the Module Overview tab. We would gladly fulfill personal requests for module descriptions, module specific requirements, and schedules, and are happy to advise you individually.

Study Fees

Fees: 2,000.-- EUR excluding Studentenwerk contributions
Payment: per semester / Tuition costs can be paid by the firm: yes


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Bienert, TH Ingolstadt

Computational Dynamics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Binder, TH Ingolstadt

Optimization and Robust Design (Topology Optimization)

Prof. Dr. Christian Bucher, TU Wien

Optimization and Robust Design

Prof. Dr.–Ing. Rudolf Dallner, TH Ingolstadt

Finite Element Method

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armin Fritsch, HAW München

Materials and Material Models

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Gubanka, HAW Landshut

Academic Director, Scientific Programming

Prof. Dr. Jiří Horák, TH Ingolstadt

Academic Director, Mathematics and Computational Methods

Dr. rer. nat Martin Hanke, CADFEM GmbH

Modeling Techniques, Mechatronics

Prof. Dr.–Ing. Otto Huber, HAW Landshut

Solid Mechanics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hühne, TU Braunschweig | DLR

Materials and Material Models (Composites)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlev Maurer, HAW Landshut

Project Work

Dr.-Ing. Marold Moosrainer, CADFEM GmbH


Dr.-Ing. Alexander Popp, Bundeswehr University Munich

Geometrically Nonlinear and Contact Analysis

Prof. Dr. Fritz Pörnbacher, HAW Landshut


Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Stelzmann, CADFEM GmbH

Computational Dynamics

Dr.-Ing. Rayk Thumser, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE

Fatigue and Fracture

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Vormwald, TU Darmstadt

Fatigue and Fracture

Dr.-Ing. Johannes Will, Dynardo GmbH

Optimization and Robust Design


Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt

5,300 students in 42 technical and economics courses, 126 professors in three faculties, two central institutions, 98 international partner universities and a modern administration - these numbers represent our university. So what is behind these numbers? First, it is the quality of our practical, hands-on teaching. The power of innovation in applied research also plays a big role. Finally, we have a campus with an attractive environment in the center of which is our students. The Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt has taught in the fields of Education Sciences since its founding in 1994, and always puts its graduates in a position to apply scientific methods in professional practice. The excellent amenities create the conditions for a short length of study coupled with and a rate of success.

Landshut University of Applied Sciences

Teaching and learning, research and development and training, to ensure lifelong learning—these principles have guided the work of University of Landshut since its founding in 1978. The five faculties Management, Electrical/ Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Social Work offer 30 courses of study. Nearly 5,100 students will benefit from the practical relevance of teaching, as well as the individual support and modern equipment. These include a unique library, with the possibility to check-out books around the clock, as well as the data center and the well-equipped technical laboratories. In such an optimal environment, the graduates can fully concentrate on their studies.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the master's degree program as well as modules on a stand-alone basis the following is required:

  • University degree in engineering or natural sciences (Bachelor 210 ECTS / Diploma )
  • At least one year of professional experience in the field of engineering and natural sciences, gained after first academic degree
  • Proof of proficiency in English language accordingly to the level B2 of the Common European Reference Frame

Experience in application of simulation software is recommended. For taking modules on a stand-alone basis please ask for necessary pre-requisites.

Moreover, kindly consider the following advice if you plan to apply from abroad for the career-integrated master program:

  • You should only apply for the master's prgram if you are in an on-going employment in the respective field and are able commute to the lectures that normally takes place from Thursday/Friday to Saturday once or twice a month. esocaet do not provide full-time master's programs. There are a lot of other German universities that you might contact in this case.
  • Proof of basic proficiency in German language accordingly to the level A1 of the Common European Reference Frame is necessary for application.

Participation in modules on a stand-alone basis are normally easy to organize for participants from abroad. You might consider this option. However, in case of further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Application for the Master's Program and Module Studies

    1. Find out more about the studies and the prerequisites. We recommend you to contact us at an early stage for a prospective customer interview.
    2. Register for the applicant program. You will get checklists, schedules and course offers to prepare you for your studies.
    3. You can submit your documents at any time to CADFEM esocaet for a preliminary examination. If necessesary, this will give you enough time to organize missing documents.
    4. CADFEM esocaet will provide you with necessary application documents (proof of an applicant's discussion, a SEPA mandate or a statement of costs) on request.
    5. Applicants from China and Mongolia: Apply for APS certificate in time. Further information on the process is provided on request.
      Applicants with a degree from a university abroad Europe: Apply for uni-assist verification (VPD) of your documents about 6 weeks before application start. Further information on necessesary documents are provided on request.
    6. The online application portal of the Ingolstadt University of Technology is open for applications from the beginning of May to the 15th of July (winter semester) or from the beginning of November to the 15th of January (summer semester). Your documents will be checked at the Technical University Ingolstadt as soon as you have uploaded them.
    7. After the end of the application period, letter of approval will be sent and, if necessary, further documents for enrollment will be requested.
    8. After accepting your study place and uploading missing documents as well as submitting the requested documents in the original, you will be enrolled at TH Ingolstadt.

    Advising by CADFEM esocaet

    Do you have any questions regarding the contents of the course? Do you want to make sure that the application is successful? Is it important for you to clarify the timetable at an early stage with your employer, colleagues and family?

    If yes, please do not hesitate to contact us. We advise you personally!

    Program Advising

    Nicolas Beck, B.A.

    P +49 / 8092 / 7005-834
    E nbeck(at)


    Advising for Applicants from India

    Bharat Chittepu, M.Eng.

    P +91-40-49481000


    Study Brochure as eBook or PDF


    Application for Master's Program and Modules

    Uni-assist verification (VPD): ongoing until May 15th

    Enrollment to THI: May 2nd until July 15th, 2019