Studying Mathematics

Overall Goals

The main goals of the M.Sc. Mathematics program are to enable students to successfully do research in mathematics and to prepare them for quantitative jobs. Training in modern mathematical methods is the key aspect of the program. Additionally, important language and communication skills are being taught, qualifying graduates for the international job market and for cooperation with research groups in foreign countries.

Content and Structure

The modules in the M.Sc. Mathematics program are taught in English. Students can freely choose among a wide variety of mathematics modules. A total of 120 ECTS credits have to be collected, according to the following subcategories:

  • 15-27 ECTS credits in pure mathematics
  • 15-27 ECTS credits in applied mathematics and stochastics
  • 27 ECTS credits in a freely chosen subject area (the area of the master thesis)
  • 30 ECTS credits for the master thesis
  • 21 ECTS credits in your minor subject and general key qualifications (ASQ)

International students who do not already have knowledge of German of at least an advanced CEFR level A2 are required to choose “German as a foreign language” as their minor subject. They can collect all 21 ECTS credits required for their minor subject by attending German classes.

The following mathematical subject areas can be chosen:

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Geometry
  • Numerical Analysis / Scientific Computing
  • Optimization
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Theoretical Computer Science

You can find more details in our study guide (download pdf).

Requirements for Application

In order to apply for the M.Sc. Mathematics program, the following is required:

  • knowledge of English of at least CEFR level B2, which may be evaluated by means of an application interview
  • knowledge of at least one higher programming language
  • an overall grade of the Bachelor’s degree of 2.5 or better

Knowledge of German is not an initial requirement. Students can learn German during the program and thereby collect up to 21 ECTS credits.