Computational Science (Master)

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The master's programme in Computational Science aims at equipping students with interdisciplinary knowledge of the computer-oriented fields of mathematics, computer science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and biology. Students have the opportunity to specialise in one of the six disciplines. At the beginning of their studies, students of the master's programme in Computational Science at the University of Vienna acquire a theoretical background in the individual subjects. The degree programme takes an interdisciplinary approach: Based on a subject-specific research question, students learn how to translate this question into a computer algorithm, using appropriate tools from the area of natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. This methodical approach allows students to analyse the complexity of all aspects of current research questions, using “computer experiments”, and to outline what influence the system parameters have on the results. This way, students reach a level of training that exceeds the expertise of a team of specialists.

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Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 910

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The degree programme is divided into four parts: The CORE programme, the SHELL programme, the master's thesis and the master's examination. The SHELL programme consists of a specialisation module and a complementary module. Unlike the CORE programme, whose courses are newly created, the courses of the SHELL programme consist of computer-oriented courses on the six subjects Mathematics, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Students can complement the SHELL courses by completing courses and modules of the CORE programme, which they have not yet completed. Depending on their educational background, students have to complete different modules and groups of modules.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Orthonormal systems
  • Cell biology
  • CORE and SHELL programme
  • Partial differential equations

     Overview of the programme structure & topics

    Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

    After Graduation

    The degree programme equips graduates with excellent qualifications at the interface between the STEM fields and computer science. Due to its computer-scientific approach to identifying, understanding and implementing computer-related questions in the individual fields of research, science and business, the master's programme in Computational Science represents an addition to the empirical and often experimental basic education of the bachelor's programme. It allows students to broaden the professional expertise they acquired in the bachelor's programme. The master’s programme takes the interdisciplinarity that is in increasing demand nowadays into account, and therefore offers graduates a professional advantage.

    Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

    Graduate Survey

    The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

    Information about the Graduate Survey

    Career Tracking of Graduates

    The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

    Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates