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Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems (M.Sc.)

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Rund 100 internationale Studierende haben sich zum Sommersemester 2018 am Campus Koblenz neu eingeschrieben.


Graduation Master of Science
Study period 4 semester program
Language English
Location Campus Koblenz
Target audience B.Sc. or equivalent
(in Appl. Math, Appl. Phys., Comp. Sc.,...)
Enrollment every winter and summer term
Application deadlines 15th of June / 15th of December
Admission requirements Minimum CGPA of 2.5 (German grade) and English B2 level


About MMCS

Complex, cross-linked systems pervade our daily life e.g. in natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, or logistics. The key to tackle the challenges imposed by these systems is mathematical modeling in a broad sense which is based on a profound knowledge of

  • mathematics
  • physics
  • computer science.

The goal of this program is to train talented graduate students to become an

"expert mastering a repertoire of modern mathematical and computer based methods for modeling, simulating and optimizing complex systems and knowing how to combine those methods for solving real-world problems“.

The term expert is used in the sense of generalist and not a specialist, since we aim at a whole spectrum of different methods. In its structure, the program mirrors many of the demands imposed by complex systems. As a result, graduates are well prepared for upcoming tasks.


Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems is an innovative, interdisciplinary and research-oriented four-semester consecutive English-language master’s degree program. It aims at both, International and German students.

During the first and second semester, special courses in applied mathematics, physics and computer science are taught for advanced modeling, simulation and optimization of complex systems. In the third semester you begin to focus on specific areas and subjects by choosing modules based on your interests. A project seminar strengthens your specialization and then prepares for the master thesis in the fourth semester. This thesis is an individual research work which is typically embedded in a larger current research project and created under careful supervision. In addition to your professional excellence in multiple disciplines such as mathematics, physics and computer science, the program fosters a broad spectrum of secondary skills thus training you to become a well-trained graduate.

Since several years, Koblenz is an active member of ECMI (European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry), a network of more than 20 European universities focussing on Research and Education in Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

MMCS students have the option of completing a double degree or semester abroad, although the latter does not necessarily have to be completed in Europe.

Exemplary list of courses

In total, the degree program MMCS comprises 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points. Of these, 36 ECTS are compulsory lectures, another 45 are for the project seminar and the master thesis, and another 39 for electives.


The compulsory modules are:

    • Applied Differential Equations (9 ECTS)
    • Numerics for PDE (9 ECTS)
    • Optimization (9 ECTS)
    • Optimization 2 (9 ECTS)
    • project seminar (15 ECTS)
    • master thesis and oral final exam (27+3 ECTS)


The total of 39 ECTS electives can be chosen individually from a broad spectum of lectures from mathematics, physics and computer science.

Job prospects

The need for qualified scientists in the MINT sector continues unabated in all areas of society. Having experienced this unique program in mathematical modeling, graduates will be generalists rather than specialists: Due to your application-oriented and cross-sectional studies you will get a wide spectrum of knowledge and skills. Thanks to your sound education in mathematical methods and your knowledge in modern software tools you will be the versatile and conjunctive backbone of interdisciplinary teams coping with future challenges.

Consequently you will find interesting fields of work in various industrial sectors and interesting positions in major companies addressing e.g. engineering, consulting or finance. Alternatively you can also pursue a PhD in mathematics, physics, or computer science.

Thanks to its large network, MMCS students can access a large pool of numerous companies from industry and technology, thus completing internships during their studies and, above all, making contact with potential employers.

If you are still wondering what to do with a mathematics degree later on, this article might be useful for you.

Why studying in Koblenz?

The University of Koblenz-Landau is a young and modern university in the upswing, located in the southwest of Germany. The new M.Sc. program Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems is just one prominent example of the innovative study programs offered. Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems is taught at the Campus of Koblenz — an emerging focus point of outstanding research and excellent education.

At the campus in Koblenz, about 8.500 highly-motivated students experience the modern, open-minded environment and benefit from excellent technical equipment, short distances and a large variety of cultural and sports activities. The university has well established contacts to major companies providing opportunities for internships or collaboration in applied projects. Several exchange programs embed the activities in an international framework.

Koblenz is a lively and pretty city with a rich history covering more than 2000 years. It is located in one of the most attractive regions in Germany, right where Moselle and Rhine meet. Its surrounding landscape, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, has been honored as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Together with the neighboring Metropolitan areas of Frankfurt and Cologne, it features many cultural attractions and recreational offerings in combination with moderate living costs making Koblenz an ideal study location.

The MMCS program is set up by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Computer Science. While the former focuses on mathematical simulation and optimization as well as materials and environment, the latter concentrates on mobile systems engineering.

The degree program MMCS enjoys an ever-increasing number of foreign students. You can find a recently published article here.

Recently the MMCS study program received 8 out of 9 points in the CHE ranking for the international orientation of the degree program. For more information follow this link.

If you want to know more about our university, take a look at our Welcome Center. There you will find some information about our campus as well as culture and life in Koblenz or Germany.


Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Our team is always at your side with help and advice.


Academic matters: Prof. Dr. Thomas Götz
Dr. Robert Rockenfeller
+49 (0)261 287 2300 (secretary's office)
Administrative matters: Ms. Ines Tobis

+49 (0)261 287 2973


Application & More

Due to some organizational reasons, the application deadlines vary depending on the origin of the applicants. The following table shows your specific application deadline:


summer term winter term
International students: 15th of December 15th of June
European students: 15th of January 15th of July
German students: 31th of March 30th of September


Interested Students can contact the

  • Welcome Center at Koblenz Campus, Ms. Ines Tobis for Information concerning
    • application procedures,
    • possibilities for scholarships,
    • the university and related topics.
  • Mathematical Institute for information regarding the program and its courses.

General information for International students are provided by the International Office of the university.

German applicants can directly contact the student office (Studienbüro) or enroll at the Online-Bewerbungsportal. See the links below.


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