Study programme "Simulation Technology"

Overview

Since the winter term 2010/2011, the University of Stuttgart offers the new Bachelor of Science study programme “Simulation Technology”. The study programme lasts six semesters and is in German. It provides a wide basic knowledge in major fields of simulation technology: mathematics, engineering sciences, computer science, and natural sciences. A corresponding Master’s programme is starting in the winter term 2013/2014. For highly qualified graduates, a continuation in the Graduate School Simulation Technology is possible and envisaged.
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Our students

Studenten_Gesichter_www Applicants for this challenging study programme should have a solid knowledge in mathematics and natural sciences, as these disciplines are the basis for all models and simulations. For working with simulations, they should enjoy abstract thinking and solving mathematical problems in order to develop new models. Furthermore, the students should show a high level of commitment and personal initiative, as the study programme has a demanding schedule. In order to select these highly qualified and motivated students, we conduct personal interviews. From the beginning of June until July 15th, applications can be submitted over the university’s internet platform:
www.uni-stuttgart.de/studieren/bewerbung.
 

Mentoring programme

During his or her studies, each of the max. 30 students starting per year has a professor as a personal mentor to supervise and assist in choosing individual study programmes, and to help in forming a personal profile. The mentors are members of the principal investigators of the SRC SimTech, in which the Cluster of Excellence in Simulation Technology is integrated.
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Internationality

Due to the university-wide concept of exchangeable teaching modules, the study programme is easily integrated into existing programmes and interdisciplinary structures. We are working on an international education standard for Simulation Technology study programmes with the Universities of Eindhoven, Princeton, Bergen, Oslo and others. In this context, we encourage and enable students to spend one term abroad.
 

Study programme

In the first two semesters, all SimTech-students hear the same basic lectures in mathematics, engineering sciences, computer science, and natural sciences. From the beginning of the third semester, the study program comprises a large elective area. For each student, an individual schedule is developed together with the personal mentor, choosing from modules of all mathematical-, natural or engineering science- or computer science-oriented Bachelor study programmes at the University of Stuttgart. By visiting additional courses from the field of simulation technology the students get insights in the connections between the different disciplines. Further integral parts of the study programme are project work (team work) and key skills (e.g., project and time management), as well as a research-oriented bachelor’s thesis.
 

Close to research

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The study programme “Simulation Technology” is affiliated to the SRC SimTech, in which the Cluster of Excellence in Simulation Technology is integrated. SRC SimTech’s principal investigators, who come from nearly all of the ten faculties of the University of Stuttgart, are involved within the study programme both as lecturers and mentors. Their diversity ensures insights in the connections between the different disciplines and research fields. Project work, seminar and theses topics generally have a connection to current research projects of the SRC SimTech members and their workgroups.
A further connection to up-to-date simulation issues is made by the association of the „Industrial Consortium SimTech e.V.“ to the Cluster of Excellence in Simulation Technology. Here, many well-known companies are already member and can provide insights and theses topics to current developments.
 
Our study programme educates students at the interface of different research fields which play a key role nowadays and in the future. The graduates can be employed in many different fields, ranging from car development to environmental technologies. And there is a huge demand for them from the business side.