Simulation is more than Software

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Combine career and master’s degree

Successfully gain high-level expertise in engineering simulation through the career-integrated master's degree program.

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Part-Time Master’s Program in Simulation-Based Engineering

Along with additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, simulation-based engineering will be one of the key technologies for the years ahead. Experts in this field are more sought-after than ever thanks to the complete digitization of product lifecycles, and new demanding and interesting fields of activity are emerging all the time in the course of Industry 4.0.

Highlights at a glance

modules listed in the module catalog
experienced lecturers
from industry, research and academia
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Relevance to practice and exclusive study support
  • Learn from simulation experts from the worlds of science and practice
  • Work intensively in small groups with simulation enthusiasts from different sectors
  • Classroom lectures are organized in intensive blocks in order to minimize effort
  • Use digital content and communication channels at the online campus
  • Additional benefit from expert discussions with lecturers and peers
  • The quality of the master's program is assured by continuous accreditation
Nicolas Beck
Head of Training Administration, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Grafing

Become a simulation expert

With expertise in engineering simulation, you can choose to work in various industries. The part-time course with the perfect mix of theory, practical knowledge and professional exchange with others opens up new paths for you as a designer, developer or computational engineer.

Practical training has long been a successful model for German industry. Companies benefit from dual courses, as they help retain experienced staff who then contribute directly to the company’s success through their newly acquired knowledge.

CADFEM esocaet guides you from the application through to successful completion of your course as a simulation expert. And, if you like, even beyond that.

Your benefits

How you benefit as a simulation engineer

With the master’s, you acquire expertise in numerical simulation. You gain physics knowledge and analytical understanding and learn how to obtain reliable results with simulation. This gives you superb career prospects as a senior expert in computation and simulation or in technical management.

  • Start your expert or technical managerial career
  • Boost your salary by completing a master’s
  • Network with lecturers and peers
  • Online campus for documents and exchanges
  • Extensive course preparation materials
  • Personal contact for your queries

Added value for your company

How does your company benefit from this technically focused, professionally integrated course? The dual master’s is the ideal way to keep the level of knowledge in your Development department competitively high. We can seamlessly add lots of additional CADFEM services to the further training if you wish.

  • Simulation fosters innovation within companies
  • Concept enhances know-how transfer to the professional environment
  • Knowledge capital and efficiency increase your business output
  • Attract specialists to your company and then retain them
  • Position yourself as an attractive employer among your competitors
  • Sustainably expand technical and methodological expertise

What esocaet alumni are saying

 Fabian Bründler Lecturer, Micro and Medical Technology, Bern University of Applied Sciences
Fabian Bründler
Lecturer, Micro and Medical Technology, Bern University of Applied Sciences

I had always been missing a certain part of mathematics from my undergraduate studies that I could use in my work as an FE specialist, which would allow me to delve even deeper into certain tasks. With the completion of the master’s program, I was able to fill this gap.

 Jan-Emmo Feenders Software Engineer, Simq GmbH, Grafing
Jan-Emmo Feenders
Software Engineer, Simq GmbH, Grafing

I really liked how closely the training related to my practical work as a computational engineer for structural mechanics calculations. This training has provided me with the knowledge needed to use FE tools for more complex simulation tasks. Rather than continuing to work with a “black box”, I now have a detailed understanding of how the software works.

Roman Eichner
Project engineer, Stryker GmbH & Co. KG

Studying at esocaet offers me the ideal introduction to simulation by explaining the mathematics behind the simulation algorithms. This means that I can quickly deliver reliable results in my work on the development project and offer the project team a good basis for strategic decision-making.

Michael Vorndran
SAS Ingenieurbüro AG

I found the course very tough, but in addition to the new friendships made, I was also able to come away with an incredible level of knowledge about current simulation methods. I’m now not only a software user, but I finally also understand the processes running in the background.

Michael Ströhle
Head of predevelopment, HSM GmbH + Co. KG

The course has helped me to better understand applied numerics. Our company continues to benefit from the links with experts from that time.

Dr.-Ing. Peter Blankenhorn
Lead developer of textile machines, Wilhelm Stahlecker GmbH (WST)

My master's thesis results made a direct impact on the development project. I then had the opportunity to continue my master's investigations for a doctoral dissertation.

Two years to graduate

  • Up to 15 ECTS creditsCredit for professional experience

    Check whether you already have relevant skills from your work in the areas of soft skills, simulation practice or methodological expertise.

    Check eligibility for credits
    Skills from practice
  • 15 ECTS creditsSolid foundation for FEM users

    You will learn to understand the mathematics, physics and numerical methods behind structural mechanics simulations and use them to your advantage.

    Basic semester
  • 30 ECTS creditsBecome a specialised engineer

    Increase your knowledge in two consecutive advanced semesters with a total of four compulsory and two elective compulsory modules.

    Advanced semesters
  • 30 ECTS creditsMaster Thesis – your masterpiece

    In a master’s thesis, you use your knowledge to scientifically solve a complex task, such as the introduction of a new method to your company.

    Final thesis
Prove your competencies

You can prove your skills by means of a detailed job reference as well as suitable evidence of further training (e.g. seminars or modules from another master’s course).

Module 1: Simulation expertise

This means: defining simulation goals, applying suitable methods in professional software, and performing post-processing for FEM, CFD or related methods.

Module 2: Technical methods

This includes, for example, analytical and scientific methods, communication, moderation and presentation as well as project coordination or management.

Modul 3: Soft skills

We look positively on time management, resilience, intercultural skills, team management, or even independent knowledge acquisition and collaborative work.

Apply for credits

You can apply to have your skills recognized after matriculation. Both program directors will assess your application.

Application & Study Guide

Take the opportunity to have your qualifications checked in advance. Would you like to fill in some gaps? We can recommend seminars and more for acquiring the required skills.

Module 4: Computational Methods

Finally understand the mathematics and numerical concepts behind the finite element and related methods as basics for all other master’s modules.

Module 5: Solid Mechanics

Describe 3D stress and expansion states of technically complex problems with analytically simplified models and validate your FE simulations.

Module 6: Finite Element Method

Learn modeling approaches for linear stress analyses and heat transfer. Case studies and exercises encourage the transfer from theory to practice.

Certification program

Optionally complete the foundational semester as a module course and earn a Certification in Computational Mechanics.

More about the certification

Module 7: Materials and Material Models

Gain in-depth knowledge of formulating constitutive equations, the description of nonlinear material models and numerical application in FEM.

Module 8: Project

Through practical work in the simulation team – from requirements management to the final presentation – participants improve in this module on their own tasks.

Module 9: Computational Dynamics

Learn how to solve structural mechanics tasks analytically and use implicit and explicit methods to simulate behavior under dynamic influences.

Modules 10 & 11: Customize your curriculum

Choose between Acoustics, Experimental Validation, Fatigue and Fracture, Scientific Programming, Optimization, Multibody Systems, Scientific Writing, and other elective modules.

Module 12: Geometrically Nonlinear and Contact Analysis

The module introduces you to FEM methods for large deformations, contact formulations, nonlinear continuum mechanics and nonlinear dynamics.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Both modules Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer and CFD in Practice fluid mechanics can be taken at OST Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences.

Writing the master’s thesis

You will write your thesis within six to nine months, dividing up your time flexibly. Working on an internal simulation project is a proven approach.

Thesis Colloquium

The presentation of your results and a subsequent technical discussion are the last step on the way to successful graduation.

From a master’s to a doctorate

Not a must, but an option: on average, 5% of our graduates decide to follow up their master’s with a doctorate.

Benefit from excellent future prospects

Whether you want to take off in your company after having completed a funded course or wish to strike a new path: There are lots of possibilities open to you across any number of industries.


Lecturers from science and practice

More than 20 professors and lecturers from various universities and industry cover a broad spectrum of application areas in research and practice. They interlink lectures, seminars, and practical exercises within the intensive block phases of the master’s program Simulation Based Engineering.

Prof. Dr. Jiří Horak
Program Director for Simulation-Based Engineering, Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Popp
Director of the Institute for Mathematics and Computer-Based Simulation, Bundeswehr University Munich
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlev Maurer
Program Director for Simulation-Based Engineering, Landshut University of Applied Sciences
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Course features at a glance

A part-time study course pays offYou benefit by still drawing a salary while studying part-time for your master’s. On graduation, your development options increase, along with your potential income. And that pays off. 


The part-time master's is specifically tailored towards professionals in engineering and natural sciences. In many cases, you can fill in the gaps in your current knowledge with free educational materials in the Application & Study Guide or individually recommended courses before your study begins.

Necessary for admission

  • First university degree in a technical subject
  • At least one year of subsequent professional experience
  • Proof of English language skills (level B2)

Recommended knowledge

  • Experience of working with technical simulation
  • Fundamentals of elastostatics and dynamics

Course costs

The universities charge tuition fees to cover the costs of part-time study program. In addition to all course services from universities, you also receive exclusive support for your studies from CADFEM esocaet and the Application & Study Guide for ideal course preparation.

Transparent costs

  • Tuition fees in four installments of EUR 5,000 each
  • Student union fee for your student ID
  • Personal expenditure on material and travel expenses

Reliable services

  • Lectures, exercises and all examinations
  • Applicant and course guide for preparation
  • Online campus available in desktop and app versions

An investment in your future

Many employers help cover the costs of high-quality professional development programs. This takes many forms, from paying the bills directly to a performance bonus or even a higher wage bracket following graduation. By raising your salary, and due to various funding options, a course pays off, even in the case of independent financing.

Independent financing: Perhaps you would prefer not to commit to your employer from the outset? Check out other financing options as well, such as the KfW Student Loan and Festo Education Fund.

Pay your own fees and lower your income tax. Course costs are usually considered professional expenses and you benefit from a considerable tax reduction through an income tax exemption or as part of your tax return.

Educational leave may also be an option depending on where you work. We can let you know whether this is available in your particular state in Germany.

Application & Study Guide: for a relaxed start

With the right preparation, you can lay the foundations for your successful graduation before you even attend your first lecture. As registered member of the Application & Study Guide, you benefit from numerous advantages.

Be well informed

All information on the structure and course content and lots of tips on everything from employer support to time management. 

  • Online and personal advice
  • Cost-free trial course session
  • Funding and educational leave

Simply apply

Get all of your documents together in your own good time. We’ll let you know as soon as the university opens its applicant portal.

  • Personal discussion with the prospective applicant
  • Feedback on application documents
  • Current checklists and dates

Prepare individually

Has it been quite some time since you studied for your first degree? You’ll be ready when the course starts with a bit of time and our preparation services.

  • Mathematics & FEM preparation.
  • Intensive English course & B2 test
  • Campus, hotels and other information

Further information about the master's program

Frequently asked questions

Below you will find relevant information and assistance that is frequently requested. Do you have any further questions, suggestions or requests? Then feel free to contact us.

How do I register for a master’s course?

The registration and admissions process depend on the legal requirements of the respective university location. All key information can be found in the product description. We would also recommend an individual consultation with a program manager or that you attend a live webinar.

Can a master’s also be taken as a distance learning or online program?

The online campus plays a key role in courses. But it is still important that you attend the university in person at times. This is organized in intensive blocks in order to minimize the impact and so that participants from some distance away can also travel to be there. Employers can plan for approx. 10 percent study time and 90 percent ongoing work on average.

What does the Application & Study Guide offer me?

This online offering helps you to prepare well for your course. Just some of the useful services included are: application checklists and tips, prior review of applicant documents, telephone call with the prospective applicant, intensive English course with certificate examination, mathematics refresher course, simulation software for download, and seminar tips for acquiring practical simulation experience. A personal contact from CADFEM esocaet will answer your particular questions before and during your studies.

My company won’t pay the tuition fees. What other options do I have?

There are probably very practical reasons why your supervisor might initially turn down your request, such as a long-term department budget. We recommend that you be flexible and have several options to offer when you look to discuss the matter. The arrangements put in place by our participants and their employers vary greatly. Sometimes it is easier to agree a higher wage bracket plus a performance bonus on graduation. Many employers are also prepared to grant paid study leave.
Alternatively, you may wish to apply for a student loan  or to an education fund. If you decide to self-fund, you can also benefit from an increased net salary by taking advantage of tax concessions. And, at the end of the day, you benefit after graduation from not having made any commitments and from being in a position to consider attractive (internal or external) vacancies.

Can I attend a trial course session?

Before you even apply, you can attend a trial course session and speak directly with participants to ask about their experiences. This will give you a lot of information to help with your decision and save you time. You can also chat with participants during an information evening. Furthermore, you might like to start with a certificate course first. We aim to give you such comprehensive advice before you start studying that you can feel confident about making your decision.

Do you expect the master’s to be offered at other universities soon, too?

Given the course’s high level of expertise, participants also travel from Switzerland, northern Germany, Luxembourg and even Oslo in Norway, as the course is designed to accommodate this. Furthermore, it is also possible to combine it with the CAS in Computational Fluid Dynamics at Rapperswil UAS and take some of the lectures close to home there. Instead of simply copying the entire course, other universities work with CADFEM esocaet on offering additional course topics as well.

Would an MBA not be better for my career than a Master's of Engineering?

The international Master’s in Simulation-Based Engineering gives you the opportunity to acquire high-quality further training while still working. Unlike MBA programs, you gain scientific and practical specialist knowledge in numerical simulation and technical product development. On completing their studies, our master’s graduates are sought-after senior experts in computational/technical simulation as well as project managers and specialist managers in all areas of engineering. So, it depends on what you want to train to do.

You want to know more?

The Professional Development team can help you to answer your questions by supplying detailed information, organizing a date and time for a trial course session or putting you in touch with alumni.

Professional Development with short study courses

The range of courses available from CADFEM esocaet offers flexibility and facilitates individual planning. This allows even students not aiming for a master’s degree to take individual modules culminating in a university certificate.

The right solutions for your simulation projects

Simulation is everywhere and affects every industry. Since simulation requires more than software, CADFEM offers everything you need for successful simulation from a single source: software and IT solutions, consulting, support, engineering and knowledge sharing – always on the cutting edge.