Master's programme in Computer Simulations for Science and Engineering

Computer Simulation for Science and Engineering (COSSE) is a Master's programme within the multidisciplinary field of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE), which is an enabling technology for scientific discovery and engineering design. CSE involves mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, computer science, high-performance computing and visualization. The remarkable development of large scale computing in the last decades has turned CSE into the "third pillar" of science, complementing theory and experiment. The programme is given jointly by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), and Technical University of Berlin (Germany).

Application open

Application through University Admissions in Sweden.

16 January 2017: Application deadline
1 February 2017: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
24 March 2017: First notification of selection results
12 April 2017: Last date to reply to your offer

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is € 24,800
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are generally required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is € 4,000
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay an application fee.

Degree awarded: Master of Science, double degree
Duration: Two year (120 ECTS credits)
Location: KTH Campus, Stockholm
Programme start: Late August
Language of instruction: English
Application deadline: January 15 2017

For questions regarding programme content and specific admission requirements, feel free to contact the consortium through the adress below.

Postal address to consortium
Att: SCI Dean's office, COSSE
SE-100 44 Stockholm

Computer Simulations for Science and Engineering at KTH

The COSSE Master's programme is a two-year programme including compulsory mobility for the students. They will enter in one of the universities and continue the second year at one of the other universities. As a general rule, students will be admitted to TU Berlin for the 1st year.

The programme includes three semesters of courses followed by the fourth research semester spent on the Master's Thesis (30 ECTS credits) under the supervision of both attended university. The students receive doubles degrees, i.e a degree from both the 1st  and 2nd year  universities.


Learning outcomes

The COSSE-students will become very familiar with the tools of CSE, which includes:

  • mathematical modeling techniques
  • simulation techniques (discretizations, algorithms, data structures, software in CSE)
  • analysis techniques (data mining, data management, visualization)

The students will become experts in the generic tools as applied to one of the specializations offered by the universities. Upon graduation from COSSE the students have acquired

  • familiarity with selected scientific and engineering application areas and their mathematical models
  • a knowledge base and skills ranging from formulation of a mathematical model to constructing software for high-performance computer architectures
  • effective communication skills for interacting with the professional community as well as management and the society at large, on written and oral presentations
  • a degree of independent and critical appraisal of the capability and limitations of, and results produced by, computational modeling.


After the beginning of the second semester students, scholars, and teachers of all partner universities will meet to for a joint workshop to advise students on their elective courses, including possible topics for their Master's thesis. The workshop will include joint research and cultural activities and provide contacts to research departments in academia and industry.

Joint workshop

Degree project

The degree project (Master's thesis) comprises 30 ECTS credits, and is carried out in the second half of the second year of the programme. Students are supervised and examined by faculty from both the home and the host university. The project work may be performed in a research group at the institute or as a project in industry or consulting company.

Previous degree project topics


As for career opportunities, a COSSE Master's degree opens several opportunities:

  • to join the international research community by continuing PhD-studies in CSE and science/engineering fields where simulation and high-performance computing is applied: fluid dynamics, electromagnetics, molecular physics, quantum chemistry, material science, chemical engineering, structural mechanics, biocomputing, and many more
  • to employment in "end-user" high-tech industry and "provider companies", using and development tools for advanced computer simulation in pharmaceutical, automotive, materials, aeronautics, power generation, micro-electronics, etc. industry.
  • to start new innovative companies which are based on CSE expertise.


Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

I have about 2 classes every day, except some days when I have none.

Meet the students

Erasmus Mundus

This programme was an Erasmus Mundus programme from 2010 to 2016.

Changes in the programme may occur.  

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