Areas of specializations

  • Molecular Sciences

Molecular structure and interactions are essential to the understanding of biology, the development of pharmaceutics, the design of new materials and of novel computing devices. The main simulation techniques in this area are classical molecular dynamics and molecular quantum mechanics. These techniques rely on solid knowledge in statistical mechanics, numerics, software design and high-performance computing that are all tought within the MSc program Molecular Sciences. Your profile is that of a computational chemist, computational physicsist or applied mathematician with skills sought both in academia and in industries that engage in biotechnology, nanotechnology or pharmaceutics.

  • Geosciences

Geological Sciences involve the study of Earth´s resources and hazards, as well as of the processes that have acted through time to form its interior and exterior. We have a long tradition of expertise in the fields of hydrogeology, mineralogy, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, planetology, and paleontology. This includes study of the basic resources on which our civilization depends. In addition, we specialize in analysing and forecasting long- and short-term geological processes, including their seismological and volcanological hazards and potentials. We also focus on assessing climate change, ecosystem balance, and economic risks, as well as on developing public awareness of these issues.

  • Atmospheric Sciences

The Atmospheric Sciences aim at understanding and predicting the short-term dynamics
(weather) and long-time statistics (climate) of Earth's Atmosphere. The atmosphere
hosts the huge range of spatio-temporal scales, from microphysical processes of cloud
droplet creation (micro-meters / micro-seconds) via individual clouds (1km / 20 min)
to El Niño/La Niña events (planetary scales / several years) and beyond. This
prohibits its experimental investigation on the basis of comprehensive laboratory
equivalents. For this reason, computer models of the atmosphere, and more generally of
the Earth System, play an absolutely central role in this scientific field. Particular
subtasks in this context are the numerics of fluid flow under gravity on a rotating
sphere, analytical techniques for unravelling the multiscale nature of atmospheric
flows, their relation to the modelling of unresolved scales (parameterizations), and
the assimilation of observational data into ongoing simulations of the atmospheric
dynamics. The MSc program "Computational Sciences -- Atmospheric Science" provides a
solid basis for understanding the associated challenges and for contributing to their
solution.