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Elite Graduate Programs

Scientific Computing

University of Bayreuth

Biomedical Neuroscience

Degree: Master of Science

Duration of study: 4 Semesters, fulltime

Place of study: Bayreuth

Language of instruction: English

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in mathematics with a component of numerical mathematics (or a degree with equivalent content)

Deadline: 15. July (winter semester), 15. January (summer semester)

Over the past several years, numerical simulations of phenomena in technology and the natural sciences have been shown to be an essential tool for accelerating development cycles in industry and businesses. Whereas researchers once had to meticulously study the properties of a product on the basis of prototypes, they are now simulated and optimized on computers. Demands on the capabilities of numerical simulation continue to grow with the need for models that are more and more precise, the incorporation of new problem areas such as data analysis (e.g. big data), and parameter-dependent problems and models with uncertain data. This was triggered by the relatively young and forward-looking research area scientific computing.

The field addresses the entire solution chain, including modelling; mathematical, numerical, and statistical analysis; optimization; the implementation of algorithms on high-performance computers; and the visualization of results. However, little attention has been paid to training students in this development. Graduates of mathematics are generally still limited to a basic understanding of numerics and scientific computing. Due to the high demands of studying mathematics, there is usually not much time left over to transfer newly acquired knowledge to neighbouring fields that represent intellectual challenges in their own right.

The objective of the international master's programme is thus to provide a specialized range of courses that leads highly qualified, hard-working students towards the development and mathematical analysis of highly efficient numerical methods. It is a crucial point that highly complex problems are brought to a less complex numerical approximation (on parallel computers) via an understanding of their mathematical core. The master's programme involves - and is motivated by - a number of courses in other subject areas (biochemistry, physics, computer science, and engineering), in which the simulation of demanding problems plays a crucial role. The programme is geared towards students working at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, and physics. This interdisciplinary approach enables students to achieve and apply their specialized understanding of efficient methods for solving differential and integral equations and analysing large sets of data, and to extend this know-how to other subject areas.

Prof Dr. Mario Bebendorf
Tel.: ++49(0) 921-55 7150

Further information

Funded by:
  • Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts;
  • Elite Network of Bavaria:
  • starting October 1, 2018