International Programmes 2022/2023

International Master's Programme Advanced Computational and Civil Engineering Structural Studies (ACCESS) Advanced Computational and Civil Engineering Studies - ACCESS

Technische Universität Dresden • Dresden

Master of Science (MSc)
Teaching language
  • English

All courses are held in English.

Full-time / part-time
  • full-time
Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

31 May for the following winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

ACCESS seeks to facilitate the development of a strong knowledge base in the field of computational mechanics and structural analysis, working collaboratively with advanced civil engineering design expertise. Technical innovations for challenging engineering tasks rely heavily on numerical simulation tools. Therefore, the goal of this programme is to provide the skills for understanding and analysing the computational methods and numerical approaches in the broader context of application and design by focusing on: state-of-the-art computational mechanics, current numerical structural analysis, research in structural modelling and analysis, current developments in civil engineering design, and advanced construction methods.

Course organisation

The course of study has a modular structure. The content of the individual modules is imparted, consolidated and treated in-depth in lectures, exercises, seminars, tutorials and projects and has to be accompanied by self-study. Self-study is supported by mentoring.
The course is divided into two parts: The first part lasts three semesters, totalling 90 credit points. It consists of eight mandatory modules, including the project work with the project seminar, and seven modules selected out of 12 elective modules. The second part of the Master's programme consists of producing a Master's thesis, including a colloquium in the fourth semester. For the Master's thesis including the colloquium, 30 credit points are granted.

Semester one:
Mandatory modules:

  • Building Materials
  • Continuum Mechanics, Tensor Calculus
  • Energy Methods, Finite Element Method
  • Numerical Methods
  • Mentoring Study Competence

Semester two:

  • Mentoring Methodological Competence

and seven modules to be selected from the following 12:

  • Design of Concrete Structures
  • Form Finding of Lightweight Structures
  • Timber and Lightweight Structures
  • Structural Use of Glass
  • Computational Building Physics
  • Multiscale Mechanics
  • Computational Dynamics
  • Modelling and Simulation in Pavement Engineering
  • Cable-Stayed Bridges
  • Safety Concepts
  • BIM-based Virtual Engineering Lab
  • Constitutive Modelling of Soils

Semester three:

  • Application of Computational Methods in Engineering
  • Project Work

Semester four:

  • Master's thesis and colloquium
A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
Integrated internships


Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

Currently, students pay ~290 EUR per semester (i.e. for six months). This includes a ticket for public transport in Dresden (bus, tram, ferry, "S-Bahn" suburban train) and regional trains in the Federal State of Saxony. The contribution also assures concessions in the university cafeterias and offers benefits (e.g. price reductions) for many cultural and leisure activities in Dresden.

Costs of living

Dresden offers high quality of living for very moderate costs. Currently, students should expect to pay around 750 EUR per month including rent, food, insurance, and basic expenses. This figure is relatively low compared to other big German cities.

Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements
  • University degree in engineering with above-average marks
  • Good knowledge of mathematics and mechanics
Language requirements

English certificate: IELTS (Level 6.0) or TOEFL (79 points Internet-based)

Application deadline

31 May for the following winter semester

Submit application to

Technische Universität Dresden
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin

Possibility of finding part-time employment

In order to top up their budget, some students may want to look for temporary work in Dresden. If so, different regulations apply for students from EU member states, countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, and students from outside the European Union and the EEA area. Please bear in mind that a temporary job is not easy to find. In addition, restrictions on the duration of employment may apply.


It is quite easy to find accommodation in Dresden. Accommodation is available either via the "Studentenwerk Dresden" or on the private market. Monthly rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 250 EUR.
Private housing can be found online. We recommend that students move into a hall of residence at the beginning of their stay in Dresden. Subsequently, they can find a place on the private market or in a shared apartment, known as a "Wohngemeinschaft" in German.

Career advisory service

TU Dresden's Career Service offers plenty of opportunities to prepare for the job market with general and job specific workshops, career fairs and one-on-one counselling (with a special adviser for international students who can address their specific problems and questions about the German job market).

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