Master Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAM)


Master Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAM)

This degree programme is tailored to the current needs in applied mathematics and scientific computing. It is designed for students who appreciate to use rigorous mathematical analysis or scientific computing to predict phenomena or to optimize processes in the sciences or in engineering. Initially, the students acquire a firm grounding in mathematical modeling and applied analysis as well as in high performance computing. They learn to derive mathematical models and to reflect upon their properties and limitations. Starting from the second term, they are free to choose among a large variety of courses to specialize in two of the fields

  • Modeling and Applied Analysis (MApA),
  • Numerical Analysis and Simulation (NASi),
  • Optimization (Opti).

The courses are taught in English. Thus the programme addresses students from all over the world who wish to acquire not only the mathematical knowledge, but also the cultural and communication skills needed for attractive employment options on the international level both in industry and in academia.

To respect possible interests or previous knowledge beyond mathematics or in other fields of mathematics, the students may also attend a certain number of modules chosen from the entire portfolio of FAU on the master level.

Starting in the winter term 2017/18, the master programme CAM replaces the master programme Technomathematik.

Information on the contents of CAM:

To get a general overview over CAM, see

For more detailed information on the contents of CAM, see the general study plan and list of modules  (not all of them are offered annually) available. For every semester there is a module handbook showing exactly those modules which will take place in that semester (see in the list of documents below).
You can also have a look at the examination regulations (in the list of documents below).


Some basic knowledge of differential equations or functional analysis and of numerical methods is recommended. The Master’s degree programme also enables students to specialise in the numerics of partial differential equations or in optimisation. Applicants should be accordingly familiar with the basic ideas of these fields.
The requirement for admission to the Master’s degree programme is a good Bachelor’s degree in a mathematical programme, or in a closely related field with a substantial content of mathematical courses (at least 45 ECTS). Qualification or aptitude for the Master’s degree programme is examined in the qualification assessment process. Applicants with a degree not in mathematics, but in a related field, can only be admitted after passing an oral exam. The criteria in this oral exam are: basic knowledge in functional analysis or in the theory of differential equations, basic knowledge in numerics or in optimization, ability for discussion on mathematics in English, e.g., on the applicant’s Bachelor’s thesis.
Since all the mandatory and mandatory elective modules are taught in English, an English certificate CEFR B2 is required, except if your university entrance qualification or the Bachelor’s degree was acquired in an anglophone programme, or if you had 6 years of English lessons at a German secondary school.

Application for CAM:

The application for CAM is a two-step procedure:

  • Step 1: register online using the page
    Note: Applicants who have not yet an  “IdM Account“ have to register at IdM first (on IdM stands for Identity Management of FAU. Then, using your IdM account, you can set up your online-application for CAM. During the online application process you have to specify a mentor. Choose a mentor from this list.
  • Step 2: Send your application in paper-form by post to the university’s Master’s Office.

Note: You can see the status of your application online. Hence, e-mails asking for the status of application will not be answered.

Read first:  Information on the application process for Master’s programmes at FAU

(Note that on, there is a button on the bottom line to switch between German and English. On, it is on the top line.)

Here is a list (provided by FAU) of required documents. A letter of motivation is not required.

Application period:

  • for programme’s start in October: The application portal opens second half of January and closes July 15th.
  • for programme’s start in April: The application period is rather short; the portal opens December (mid-month) and closes January 15th.

(Note: The application -sent by post- must have arrived at FAU until the given deadline.)


A few frequently asked questions concerning application:

  • I have a bachelor’s degree in a technical field such as Engineering, Physics, Computer Science,… (i.e., not in Mathematics or a mathematical programme such as ‘Technomathematik’, Economathematics) – can I get admittance to CAM? Answer: In this case your BSc must contain at least 45 ECTS credits of mathematical content, and an oral exam must be passed after the application is submitted and before admittance is possible.
    If you are not familiar with ECTS and want to find out if you fulfill this criterion: As a rule of thumb, a full BSc programme over 6 semesters usually corresponds to 180 ECTS. Hence, 45 ECTS typically correspond to one quarter of  a full 6 semester BSc programme.
    The oral exam can be remote, from a technically equipped room in your university to the e-studio in our university. Due to our corona regulations, it can now even be done via Zoom.
    In this oral exam it will be checked if you have basic knowledge in theory of differential equations or functional analysis, basic knowledge in numerics or optimization, and if you can express yourself on mathematics in English.
  • How are grades (or cgpa) transfered into the German grading system?
    In Germany 1.0 is the best grade, and 4.0 is the worst grade by which one can pass an exam. To convert your grade/cgpa into the German system you can use the formula x = 1 + 3 (Nmax–Nd)/(Nmax-Nmin) where x = your grade in the German grading system, Nmax = best possible grade in your grading system, Nmin= worst grade in your grading system by which one can pass an exam, Nd= your grade in your grading system. Or, in other words: The best possible grade is mapped to the best possible grade in the German system (=1.0), the worst passing grade is mapped to the worst passing grade in the German system (=4.0), and in between there is a linear interpolation done.
  • English level B2 CEFR  is required to apply for CAM. What is the relation between CEFR, TOEFL, IELTS?
    Please look on your own for web sites that help with the conversion. (Maybe this web page or this web page (external links) are helpful.)
    If your BSc programme was taught in English, then no English level B2 CEFR certificate is required.
    There is no German language certificate required for the application for CAM.
  • A letter of motivation is not required for the application.

After you got admission, find information about the enrolment for international students here.

Getting started…

Before lectures start you have to plan which modules to take. You can use

  • the module handbook of the current semester (these modules will definitely be offered, see pdf below),
  • the long-time module catalogue and general study plan (to find which modules are mandatory, to find the prerequisites of each module, and to get an impression which modules might be offered in subsequent semesters, see pdf below)
  • the long-range planning of the department (to find which modules will (most likely) be offered in subsequent semesters, see this link, klick on ‚Master-Studium‘)

Make up you mind and then discuss your plan with your mentor.

COVID-19: It was decided that all the lectures of the winter semester 2020/21 of international programmes (such as MSc CAM) will be given in digital form. It can be expected that also for the summer semester 2021 all or almost all teaching will be in digital form. Search on and in particular on for your individual courses and check for information in which form the lecture will be presented (digital by zoom, digital by video, …, or in presence form?) and how to obtain the lecture-related material. The lecturers should provide information about their lecture before the term starts. To find about about the general covid situation at FAU and its impact on teaching please find some links in the bottom part of this page. *******************



Other Links:

Maybe you find the following links offered by the division Modeling, Simulation, Optimization (MSO of the Department of Mathematics helpful.

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