To content
Fakultät Architektur und Bauingenieurwesen

Triple Master's Degree - Mechanics of Sustainable Materials and Structures (MS²)

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); 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 follows different patterns depending on your nationality and your educational certificates. All the needed information can be found at The application deadlines for the winter semester 2024/25 are as follows:

  • Applicants without EU/EEA citizenship with a foreign university degree obtained in a country outside the EU/a country of the European Economic Area. The following application period applies to this group of persons: 02.01.2024 to 15.07.2024.
    more info
  • Applicants with EU/EEA citizenship and a foreign university degree. The following application period applies to this group of persons: 02.01.2024 to 15.08.2024.
    more info


Funding and further Information

  • For information about funding and more, please visit the official web pages of the study program (
  • 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    University of Trento
Ecole Centrale de Nantes:  Prof. Giulio Sciarra   Ecole Centrale de Nantes


Study Coordination

Dr. Jendrik Voss (contact card below)