Mathematics (MSc)

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Master´s degree programme Mathematics

The legal basis for the Master’s programme is the examination regulations, which explain and supplement all the information below in detail.

Fields of study

The Master’s programme in mathematics is conducted in one of the following fields of study:

  • Algebra and Geometry
  • Analysis and Stochastics
  • Modelling, Simulation and Optimization

Recommendations for the arrangement of studies in the subject profile Modelling, Simulation and Optimization can be found here.

Rough structuring of the Master’s programme

In the course of the two-year course of study 120 ECTS points must be earned according to the following distribution:

  • at least 40 points from the core and research modules of the chosen field of study, of which at least 15 from the research modules and at least one main seminar
  • at least 20 points from modules of the other above mentioned fields of study
  • at least 20 points from elective modules from the entire range of courses offered by the university with the exception of the Department of Mathematics
  • 5 points from a free choice module
  • 30 points from the Master’s thesis in the chosen field of study
  • 5 points from the defence of the master thesis (master colloquium)

As a rule, the examinations are oral. The Master thesis is graded by a first and second corrector.

Study plans for the individual fields of study

Tips for planning the course of studies and exemplary schedules can be found here.


At the beginning of the Master’s programme, each student selects a mentor from the teaching staff of the Department of Mathematics. Together with the mentor, a study concept is developed which should be similar to the study plans in terms of structure. This concept must be submitted to the examination office together with a written statement of the desired course of study. A change of course of study is only possible in exceptional cases and is usually associated with an extension of the course of study. The mentor can, but does not have to be the later supervisor of the Master’s thesis.


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