Why Study Computational Science in Frankfurt?

Why study Computational Science?

What is the academic profile of the Frankfurt program?

What makes the Frankfurt program special?

What about career perspectives?

Why study Computational Science?

Computational Science provides the interdisciplinary training for the scientists who derive and apply complex mathematical models for the simulation of structures and processes in nature, technology, economy and society.

The solution of large-scale numerical problems plays an increasingly important role for research and development in science and engineering, as well as business, economics, financial markets and medicine.
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Buoyancy fluctuations in early stages of a large-eddy
simulation of a breaking atmospheric gravity wave.
In science, for instance, not only theoretical predictions, but also the design, analysis and interpretation of experiments often heavily rely on numerical simulations. In industry, simulations more and more start to replace experimental studies. Such simulations require knowledge and skills from different fields: only if expertise in the relevant subject, mathematical insight and experience with efficient programming techniques are combined many scientific, technical or economical problems can be addressed. The discipline which provides the required interdisciplinary training is Computational Science.

Its basic tools, such as the Fast Fourier Transform technique or parallelization, have their foundations in applied mathematics and computer science. At an intermediate level these techniques are incorporated into either general or special purpose program packages, as, for instance, the mathematics toolbox MATLAB. In order to apply these tools within a particular scientific field, fundamental concepts of the given field have to be employed in order to set up models suitable for numerical simulation. Only an understanding of the scales, interactions and correlations involved allows the formulation of efficient, yet realistic models.

Integration of all levels into a two-year Master's program meets the increasing demand of science, the knowledge-based economy and society for interdisciplinary trained academics who do not simply apply "off the shelf" program packages as black boxes.

What is the academic profile of the Frankfurt program?

Computational Science at Goethe University is a two-year Master's program focusing on research.

Computational Science is a two-year program, building on a three-year Bachelor's degree. Of course, four-year Bachelor's graduates are also encouraged to continue their studies in Frankfurt. In this case all suitable credits will be recognized.

The primary goal of our M.Sc. program is training students for computer-based research and development. The program targets outstanding students with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Geoscience, Mathematics, Meteorology, Neuroscience or Physics, but is also open to exceptional students with a degree in Engineering. Building on the common platform of mathematical and methodological expertise acquired during the Bachelor's studies, the Master's program leads students towards the current state-of-the-art of research, both with respect to computational techniques and with respect to the specific scientific field in which students apply these computational techniques:

Online Event Display of ALICE experiment: reconstructed Pb-Pb collision
The M.Sc. in Computational Science is administered jointly by the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics, Geoscience/Geography, and Physics together with the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and the Center for Scientific Computing.
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Ultra-Relativistic QMD: Pb-Pb collision at 160 GeV/A
These Institutions encompass a wide variety of fields, including Our students will benefit from the enormous breadth of courses and Master's projects offered by these institutions.

What makes the Frankfurt program special?

Computational Science at Goethe University emphasizes interdisciplinary exchange and early participation of students in research and is open to international students.

The structure of the curriculum is particularly open and highly interdisciplinary.
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The resulting education fosters research and development at the interfaces between the traditional fields and strengthens interdisciplinary communication. It lets students develop a command of a variety of scientific terminologies, which eases their integration into interdisciplinary teams and the development of competences in new environments.

In the curriculum, particular emphasis is placed on individual research. A student's thesis project will directly address an open question at the forefront of science. The actual work on the project is preceded by a preparatory phase in which students familiarize themselves with the scientific techniques: they study the appropriate literature, become acquainted with the relevant computational techniques and learn to formulate a research proposal. The graduates of this program are self-driven and perfectly trained for independent research.

Moreover, everyday contact with fellow students with different cultural backgrounds and integration in international research collaborations or networks during the Master's project strengthen the inter-cultural skills of our graduates.

Last, but not least, Frankfurt is an international city with a broad cultural scene: a first-rate opera house, some 30 theaters and almost 40 museums attract thousands of visitors each year to the metropolis on the Main river. The city also offers a wide variety of sports and leisure activities to fit any taste.

What about career perspectives?

Computational Science opens a variety of career paths in- and outside science.

The graduates of the Master's program Computational Science have a variety of options for professional employment. Graduates of the M.Sc. in Computational Science have experienced a much broader training in computational methods than graduates of the traditional programs in the individual natural sciences. Combined with their in-depth knowledge in the specific scientific field, this broad education greatly enhances the flexibility of the graduates. Some examples for career paths are:

CSC-II Computer
CSC Opteron Cluster
Excellent graduates of the program will be given the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies at Goethe University.
In any case, the graduates of Computational Science will make their way!

So, there are many good reasons to join us!

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