Mathematics (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German (some courses in English)|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) are comprised of a “Bachelor of Science” degree from the same programme or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office. Please also note the general information on the Master of Science degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.|
|Admission: As long as the requirements for admission are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester|
Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester); January 15 (for summer semester).|
Please note: You should apply well before the deadline (~ 12 weeks) if you also need to apply for visa.
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The research-oriented Master of Science programme Mathematics is offered in three fields of study: Mathematics; Mathematics with a non-mathematical major; Business Mathematics. They differ in the possibilities for specialisation within the overall programme.
In the course of the programme, the following areas of research are taught: Algebra; Analysis; Geometry and Approximation; Logic; Numerics; Optimisation; Stochastics.
Further information may be found at www.mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de.
Semester Course Schedules Mathematics (M.Sc.)
Specialisation Mathematics with a Non-Mathematical Specialisation
Specialisation Business Mathematics
Depending on the specialisation, the programme's contents vary:
In the field of study “Mathematics”, two of the seven areas of research are studied as a major. Choosing a minor from the broad range of fields of study available at the TU Darmstadt is mandatory. Within the so-called General Studies, courses from other programmes or language courses can be included into the degree programme, as well. Mathematics, minor and General Studies will be studied at a 60:15:10 ratio.
Specialisation Mathematics with a Non-Mathematical Specialisiation
In the field of study “Mathematics with a non-mathematical specialisation”, the students can get qualified in an applied subject to nearly the same extent as in Mathematics instead of in one of the two mathematical majors. This allows the students to obtain the qualifications for interdisciplinary work in Mathematics and that particular area of application. Here, Mathematics, major, minor and General Studies will be studied at a 40:25:10:10 ratio. Minor and major can be the same.
Specialisation Business Mathematics
A special field of study with a non-mathematical major is the field of study “Business Mathematics”. The mathematical training here fundamentally consists of areas with an application in business. Mathematics (area of research stochastics or optimisation), major (economics), minor (business informatics) and General Studies will be studied at a 40:25:10:10 ratio.
In the course of the Master’s Thesis, the students research a topic regarding mathematics or a major in accordance with scientific principles and present their findings in writing. This project takes an entire semester, thereby forming a major part of the Master’s degree programme. In the fields of study with a non-mathematical major, the Master’s Thesis may be written on a mathematically oriented topic at department of the major.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates and to analyse the subject based on research. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
As Mathematics are a fundamental science, graduates of Mathematics are sought after by nearly all economic sectors.
They attend to intra and extra-mathematical problems, collect them, analyse them and treat them with the corresponding mathematical methods. Structured and analytical thinking as well as abstraction abilities are particularly sought after. Complex problems are to be solved with a systematic and target-oriented approach.
The labor market of business, industry, administration and science has a need for highly trained mathematicians in a variety of occupational fields. Insurance companies, banks, market research and polling institutes, consulting firms, software and systems companies, engineering firms or research institutes are among potential employers.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung e.V. (DMV)(German Mathematicians' Association)
Deutscher Verein zur Förderung des mathematischen und naturwissenschaftlichen Unterrichts e.V. (German Association for the Promotion of Mathematical and Scientific Education)