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Mathematics and Computer Science — Studies

Master Programs Mathematics

The research-oriented master's program in mathematics, which builds on the bachelor program Mathematics 100%, is intended to convey in-depth specialized knowledge and scientific methods of mathematics. The Master of Education, which is based on a bachelor program 50% with the option to become a teacher, also conveys educational content.

The Master Mathematics is designed as a 4 semester program leading to the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.). The Master of Education program in Mathematics leads to the academic degree Master of Education (M.Ed.). This degree is the prerequisite profile and qualification for teaching Mathematics at the middle and high school level. The program is organized jointly by Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg School of Education (HSE). The university is responsible for the subject degree.

Structure of the master programs in Mathematics

Master Mathematics

DegreeMaster of Science (M. Sc.)
Type of studyConsecutive
Begin of studyWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s)German, some English
Application ProcedureAccess restriction

Master of Education Mathematics

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

Course Handbooks Master Mathematics

Course Handbook Master Mathematics

as of summer semester 2022

not available in English
Course Handbook Master of Education

General section

not available in English
Course Handbook Master of Education Mathematics

Subject section

not available in English
Course Handbook Master of Education Mathematics

extension subject

not available in English

To complete the master's program, you need 120 credit points (Leistungspunkte or LP). Of these, 68 CP are allocated to the core courses in Mathematics (subject studies), 16 CP to an area of application, 6 CP to interdisciplinary skills (Fachübergreifende Kompetenzen or FÜK) and 30 CP to the bachelor's thesis.

Subject studies

The Mathematics content of the program is organized around the research interests of the faculty in the following areas:

  • Algebra and arithmetic
  • Applied analysis and modeling
  • Geometry and topology
  • Complex Analysis, automorphic forms, and mathematical physics
  • Numerical analysis and optimization
  • Statistics and Probability

Courses within each area are structured into sequences consisting of basic modules, advanced modules, and specialization modules.

Application areas

Fields admissible as application area include:

  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economy
  • Philosophy

Other subjects can be approved as application area upon request. Students may also request to replace the application area by modules from the Master program mathematics amounting to 16 CP.

Interdisciplinary Competencies

Admissible courses and activities include:

  • Mathematical colloquium
  • Software internship
  • Internship in industry
  • Summer Schools
  • Exchange program
  • Teaching assistant training
  • FÜK courses offered at the university

Master Thesis

The Master thesis is a separate module subject to examination that concludes the scientific training. The purpose of the thesis is for the candidate to demonstrate their ability to work independently, and in a predetermined time-frame, on a mathematical problem with scientific methods. To register for the Master thesis, you need to provide proof of completion of at least 45 CP. Considering that preparatory work and evaluation of the thesis may take extra time, the faculty recommends that you look pro-actively and in a timely fashion for a thesis advisor and a thesis topic. If the Master thesis module is graded with 5,0, you may write another thesis on a different topic. Rewriting of a thesis on the same topic is not possible.

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 Mathematics Extension Subject

      Information to follow soon

      Last updated on Mar 8, 2022 at 2:35 PM