Simulation Technology

Study Programme Profile

The elite Simulation Technology study progamme excels because of its research orientation, practical relevance, and a unique mentoring concept.

The Simulation Technology study programme is embedded in the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Sciences (SC SimTech) , making it a stable, permanent faculty-like structure of the University of Stuttgart.

The concept behind Simulation Technology has as its goal providing a targeted education for working with simulation technologies along the lines of an integrative systems science.

This elite study programme is

  • Built to be interdisciplinary,
  • Exhibits an exceptional mentoring concept
  • Closely tied to research
  • Open to a wide range of professional fields, and
  • Offers an international education.

Here are some more facts about the study programme


Mentors show the way

Its mentoring concept is a distinctive feature of the Simulation Technology study programme. Starting with the third semester, all Bachelor’s students are assigned a personal mentor. The mentors act to

  • support the students in developing an individual class schedule geared to their personal interests and abilities.
  • is the “guidepost” to the respective subject matter specialists in the research association
  • remains the key resource for study-related questions to the conclusion of Master’s studies.

Good advice from a personal advisor

Even before beginning Master’s studies, the students choose a personal technical advisor whose disciplinary specialty parallels the student’s intended study emphasis.  

  • Advisors aid the students in determining the Master’s programme’s modules and hence its emphases.
  • Even when still working on their study projects, the students will already be integrated into the advisor’s research group.
  • Normally, the subject of the Master’s research paper is chosen from the advisor’s research area.  

The study programme is part of the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Sciences (SC SimTech). Seven of the ten University of Stuttgart faculties have contributed SC SimTech’s lead researchers with the result that they represent the most varied disciplines. They mold the study programme both as teachers and as mentors.   

In addition, dedicated professorships in simulation technologies areas were set up specially for the Simulation Technology study programme.

The Simulation Technology study programme not only delivers much – it also demands much from its students. For this reason, SimTech members personally choose a maximum of 30 students per class in admission interviews.

Math and Motivation

Applicants for this demanding study programme should demonstrate that, besides

  • Enjoying solving mathematics problems, and
  • having a solid foundation in mathematics and
  • in the natural sciences,

they are also highly motivated self-starters.

The study programs trains students exactly where the disciplines intersect that now play an important role and will do so in the future. They are already highly sought after, both in science and in business.

A career in research

Simulation Technology is designed to equip its graduates for a career in research. The Master’s study programme prepares students optimally for doctoral studies. The mentoring concept lets students already make valuable connections in science early on. Many of the first men and women after earning their Master’s degrees in 2016 went directly into PhD programmes in the simulation technology area.

Careers in business and development

Thanks to their interdisciplinary training, graduates are employable in many areas – ranging from automotive development to environmental technology. Already starting with activities in the Industrial Consortium SimTech e. V. and the Society of Simulation Technology e. V., students can already make contacts in specialized business enterprises early in their studies.

Since 2014, students in the Master’s study programme can earn a second, dual degree in cooperation with Eindhoven Technical University. In addition to receiving the Master of Science in Simulation Technology from SimTech, dual degree students graduate from the Dutch partner university with a degree in Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Learn more about what it is like to work on a dual degree in this account by the first graduates. 



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Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Rainer Helmig

Dean of Studies, Coordinator Project Network 5, Coordinator Research Area D

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Maren Paul

Coordinator Study Programmes, Junior Academy