Mathematical Modeling , Simulation and Optimization

Master of Science
Standard period of study
4 semesters
In presence
Admission restriction
The master‘s program “Mathematical Modeling, Simulation and Optimization” (MSc MMSO) is deliberately designed as an English study program as it intends to prepare students for the entry into a highly internationalized working and research field. In addition to lectures on mathematical modeling, simulation and optimization of complex systems, elective modules allow an individual focus. An application- and research-oriented project seminar concludes the study program, in addition to the master‘s thesis. The degree program will qualify you as an expert mastering a repertoire of modern mathematical and computer-aided methods. These methods are flexibly applied in order to solve problems arising in various thematic fields such as engineering, consulting and finance.


DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study4
Start of programme
Winter semester
Summer semester
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Teaching languageEnglish
Admission restrictionno
Admission requirements
A BSc degree or equivalent in Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Computer Science, or a related field
English language skills that are at least equivalent to Level B2 (equivalent to TOEFL of at least 72 points or IELTS of at least 5.0 points)

Contents and structure

The two-years M.Sc. program MMSO is the first of its kind in Germany. During the first and second semester, you take courses in applied mathematics, physics, and computer science needed for advanced modeling, simulation and optimization of complex systems. In the third semester, you start focusing on a specific area and subject by choosing from modules of interests. A project seminar reinforces the specialization and prepares for the Master’s thesis in the fourth semester. This thesis is an individual research work which is typically embedded in a larger current research project within the university or in collobaration with external partners.

Study contents overview:

Mathematics; more than 8 elective moduls; e.g:

  • Applied Differential Equations
  • Numerics of Partial Differential Equations
  • Applied Optimization

Physics; more than 5 elective moduls; e.g:

  • Physics in Applications
  • Solid State Physics
  • Surface Science

Computer Science; more than 60 elective moduls; e.g:

  • Machine Learning
  • Web Science
  • Network Theory


  • Elective courses
  • Project seminar
  • Master’s thesis

Practical and research orientation:

A key component of the MSc MMSO study program is the project seminar. In this seminar, students will work on current research topics―either individually or in small groups.

These topics may arise from research projects carried out at the university and its affiliated institutes or originate from cooperations with companies. The participants will learn to utilize computing and/or experimental facilities for modeling, analyzing simulations, and optimizing complex systems. Working in peer groups will enable them to practice their teamwork as well as communicative and social skills.

Typically, the problems dealt within the project seminar are the nucleus of the upcoming master‘s thesis.


What are the prospects after completing the master’s degree?

Graduates of the MSc program „Mathematical Modeling, Simulation and Optimization“ will be generalists rather than specialists ― with broad knowledge and skills. You will be the versatile and connecting backbone of interdisciplinary teams coping with future challenges. Consequently, interesting positions in major Career prospects Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences companies working in the fields of, e.g. engineering, consulting or finance would be possible career prospects for you.

Alternatively, you have the opportunity to pursue a PhD degree in mathematics, physics or computer science at the University of Koblenz or abroad.

Semester abroad

The first two semesters of the master‘s program are designed in such a way that they include a mobility window for a semester abroad for German students. The master’s program is part of the European network ECMI (European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry). The network offers a large number of international collaborations with partners in other European countries as well as the opportunity for a semester at a European partner university. The intensive exchange of information within the framework of the ECMI network ensures that targeted and tailored advice can be provided to students when planning their semester abroad. The stay abroad is not a mandatory part of the course, but it is recommended and actively supported.

Local admission restrictions

Only candidates with a final grade of at least 2.5 (German grading system) awarded in a bachelor degree program will be accepted.

Applicants with foreign university entrance qualifications

Please find out more about the separate application process under International and Apply Now!

Due to the long visa application process, we strongly advise non-EU students to apply for the summer semester by 15 November and for the winter semester by 15 May.


Study office

Martina Hermanns
Emil-Schüller-Str. 12, EG, R. 034

Study Advisory Service

Petra Meinerz
Emil-Schüller-Str. 12, EG, R. 032

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