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Our Faculty is the academic home of researchers, teachers, and students of Mathematics and Computer Science. Its institutes and facilities are housed in the Mathematikon, pleasantly located on the Campus Neuenheimer Feld of Heidelberg University. Welcome!

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The Doctorate signifies a proven ability to conduct independent scientific research. Under the auspices of the Combined Faculty of Mathematics, Engineering and Natural Sciences, we confer the academic degree Dr. rer. nat. in the subjects of mathematics and computer science.

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Students interested in Mathematics, Computer Science, or an interdisciplinary field, pursuing a B.Sc., M.Sc., or M.Ed., and aiming for a career in research, teaching, or the private sector, will find here in Heidelberg a full range of first-class courses for a challenging and enriching educational experience in an intellectually stimulating environment with historical cachet.

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Mathematics and Computer Science — Studies

Master of Education

Successful completion of the Master’s degree program results in conferment of a Master of Education (M. Ed.). Graduates are qualified to teach in German secondary schools (Gymnasium or secondary level).

The courses are run by Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg University of Education (Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg) in their joint role as the Heidelberg School of Education (HSE). Students preparing to teach in a German secondary school (Gymnasium) study two subjects. Heidelberg University and the relevant faculties are responsible for determining the content of the course and subject modules.

Master of Education

DegreeMaster of Education (M. Ed.)
Type of studyConsecutive
Begin of studyWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters

Master of Education Mathematics

    The modules of the mathematics specific program include 18 CP subject specific scientific work and 13 CP subject specific didactics. The Master thesis is an optional module that is not included in the previously mentioned CPs. The combined module Geometrie und Unterricht consists of two parts, the lecture course Introduction to geometry and the subject specific didactics seminar. A further combined module is the Didactic reduction of a mathematical topic, which also consists of two parts, the lecture A mathematical topic and the seminar didactic reduction.

    Further information regarding the program can be found in the General section of the course handbook. The modules of the mathematics program are described in the special section of the course handbook. These handbooks also include sample course selections when starting in either the Winter or the Summer semester. Because of the great diversity of possible combinations of subjects, we highly recommend that you take advantage of the student advisory services in order to develop a course selection plan tailored to your individual circumstances.

    General information regarding the Master of Education can be found on the pages of the central university administration.

    Master of Education Computer Science

      The modules of the Computer Science component comprise 18 ECTS Field Studies (Fachwissenschaft) and 13 ECTS Field Didactics (Fachdidaktik). The Master thesis is an optional module and is not included in the previously mentioned ECTS. The interlocking module Aus der Forschung in die Schule (From Research to School) consists of two parts, the seminar and the field didactic preparation. Here, the seminar should be completed first and the field didactic preparation in the following semester. The monitoring of the school internship on the part of the field takes place through the module Unterricht beobachten und analysieren (Observing and analyzing lessons).

      The course handbooks provide model study plans for starting in the winter as well as in the summer semester. Due to the very different possible combinations of fields, it is strongly advised to take advantage of an individual student advisory service at the time of application and/or enrollment in order to design a study plan that is tailored to your personal academic circumstances.

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        FAQs Master of Education

          What does the deficiency subject regulation in computer science and physics mean for admission to the Master of Education program?

          The state of Baden-Württemberg is currently looking for more teachers in the subjects of computer science and physics. In order to simplify the transition to the teaching profession, it is currently possible to be admitted to the Master of Education with a purely subject-related Bachelor's degree in computer science or physics. For students who take this route, however, this means that they have to make up for the missed study of a second subject (in this case often mathematics) and educational sciences to the extent of the Bachelor's degree 50% with a teaching option.

          In which subject do I write my master thesis?

          You can write your master's thesis in one of your two subjects or in education.

          Is it possible to write a master's thesis with a topic in didactics?

          Yes and no: The first supervision of a Master's thesis in the Master of Education can only be done by a member of our faculty; consequently, the topic has a subject-specific focus. However, a part of the thesis can also contain didactic aspects. If this is the case, the second supervision should be done in consultation with the first supervisor by an external person accredited by the faculty as authorized to conduct examinations - for example from the PH. Since this should not be at the expense of the professional quality of the thesis, careful and trusting coordination between all parties involved is necessary. Due to the increased effort - especially for the second supervisors who are not otherwise involved in final theses at the university - such interdisciplinary work is only possible as an exception.

          Last updated on Mar 11, 2022 at 11:32 AM