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Fakultät Architektur und Bauingenieurwesen

Mechanics of Sustainable Materials and Structures

The Master’s program “Mechanics of Sustainable Materials and Structures” is a multiple-degree diploma offered through joint training activities by the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering of TU Dortmund University (Germany), the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Trento (Italy) and the Department of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering of the Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France).

Collage of 4 pictures: A sound barrier structure for acoustic applications, a building with trees as load-bearing structures, a metamaterial and a modern building © CravenA ​/​

The program qualifies graduates for research-related and technical professional activities in the areas of

  • Advanced Mechanics for Innovative Materials and Structures,
  • Materials and Structures under Extreme Conditions,
  • Materials and Structures in their Environment.

It also prepares students for Ph.D. studies on advanced research topics related to the mechanics of materials and structures in the field of civil engineering.


Study Structure and Time Schedule

The degree program MS^2 consists of a standard period of study of four semesters. Admission is only possible in the Winter Semester. The students of each cohort study at TU Dortmund University in the first semester, at University of Trento in the second semester and at Ecole Centrale de Nantes in the third semester. The fourth semester is devoted to the Master Thesis’ work, which takes place either at one of the three Universities or at an international partner institution associated with the program.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are regulated in the examination regulations §3 of this degree program. Students’ admission and enrollment will comply with the following requirements: a first-cycle degree qualification according to the European Qualifications Framework or an equivalent degree qualification in the field of Civil Engineering. This equivalence requires an examination of equivalence by the program’s Admission Board.

The qualifying degree has to be passed with an average grade higher or equal to B (or a final grading higher or equal to B) according to the ECTS grading system, i.e. the best 35% of students (corresponding to a grade of up to 2.8 (“gut”/“good”) in the German grading scale); students with slightly lower grades and/or slightly different bachelor course studies can also be considered for enrollment on the basis of suitable argumentation but will require additional examination by the Admission Board in the form of an entrance test or an oral colloquium. Knowledge of the English language, native speaker, or at least level B2 is required.


Tuitions Fees

The current tuition fee for the program stands at approximately 1500€ per semester. This sum encompasses the tuition fee, known as "Semesterbeitrag," at TU Dortmund University, along with the associated fees required for enrollment at the University of Trento and Ecole Centrale de Nantes.


Current Status and Schedule

Enrollment in the degree program is not possible now. The application deadlines for the winter semester 2024/25 are as follows:

  • For students with an international bachelor’s degree, the application period OPENS 02.01.2024 and CLOSES 15.07.2024.
  • For students with a German/European bachelor’s degree, the application period OPENS 15.03.2024 and CLOSES: 15.08.2024.


Further Information

  • For more information, please visit the official web pages of the study program (Website under construction).
  • If you have any questions or are interested in the study program, please contact


Responsible of the Study Program

TU Dortmund University:  Prof. Angela Madeo (contact card below)
University of Trento:  Prof. Francesco Dal Corso
Ecole Centrale de Nantes:  Prof. Giulio Sciarra   Ecole Centrale de Nantes


Study Coordination

Dr. Jendrik Voss (contact card below)