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Computational Engineering (BSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Would you like to become an engineer and work on problems in physics using IT systems? If this is the case, the Computational Engineering degree programme could be for you. The content of the degree programme is split evenly between engineering, mathematics and computer science. The main aim is to examine different kinds of problems in more detail using computer simulations, as nowadays real experiments are often too expensive or time-consuming. The interdisciplinary degree programme will provide you with knowledge of a wide range of subjects, as well as team skills for working in research groups and on industrial projects. The content is highly diverse and after completing the degree programme you will have a range of opportunities for further study, both in Germany and abroad.

What can I do with this degree?

As a computational engineering student at FAU you will learn to find flexible solutions to problems and to think analytically when considering the relationships between mathematics and the sciences. This will make you a sought-after candidate on the job market once you graduate, as the methods you learn will enable you to adapt to new ways of thinking and working in almost all areas of industry and the economy. Possible careers include:

  • project engineer for signal processing for multimedia applications
  • researcher and lecturer at a university
  • engineer responsible for simulating processes and material properties
  • specialist in the development and optimisation of (optical) input devices
  • product manager for IT solutions for companies and service providers
  • specialist in the development and optimisation of sensors and measuring devices
  • specialist in the development and optimisation of mechanical systems in industrial plants (mechanical engineering)
What qualities and skills do I need?

It is important that you enjoy:

  • analysing and modelling complex problems
  • solving problems in logic, mathematics and physics
  • interdisciplinary work
  • working independently and in a structured way
  • working in a team

Ideally you should also:

  • have knowledge of programming in a standard programming language such as C++ or Java
  • be interested in engineering
  • be creative
  • be willing to work hard
  • have a good amount of perseverance
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU

The benefits of the Computational Engineering degree programme at FAU include:

  • tailor-made study plans for every student that are interdisciplinary in nature
  • a wide range of possible specialisations (technical application fields)
  • freedom to choose your own specialisations
  • excellent support from lecturers and mentors
  • close collaboration with industry through work placements
  • a very good campus infrastructure
  • the interdisciplinary nature of the degree programme
  • great career prospects for graduates
  • as of 2017, in addition to the Elite degree programme, students also have the opportunity to participate in a double Master's degree programme with Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland.
  • active student representatives who ensure students' opinions are heard
  • many opportunities to gain work experience during your studies
Potential challenges
  • Make sure you don't miss the introduction day at the start of the semester where you will receive important information about creating your study plan and be taken on a campus tour.
  • You should not underestimate the amount of time and work required for the degree programme – you will need to prepare carefully and complete follow-up work in order to succeed.
  • The teaching language is German, although there are some modules available in English.
  • FAU offers a course on Java programming before the start of the lecture period. We recommend you take this course, although it is not an official requirement.
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Type of study: One subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Size: (1-24 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering