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Suggestions for your master programme

Since the curriculum for the master programme leaves a lot of freedom of choices, there is a large number of possible combinations. Of course, this also means that planning for your study programme needs a bit of attention and care. A basic feature of the program is that students choose one of the following seven possible areas of specialization:

  • Algebra, number theory, and discrete mathematics
  • Analysis
  • Applied mathematics and scientific computing
  • Biomathematics
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Mathematical logic and theoretical computer science
  • Stochastics and dynamical systems

There is no formal procedure to announce your chosen area of specialization, you simply complete all corresponding courses from the core modules (30 ECTS) and for the module of electives in the chosen area (21 ECTS).

We recommend that students decide at a very early stage on their area of speciailisation. In fact, future students should try to find out their own mathematical preferences (e.g. analytic vs. algebraic, structural thinking vs. looking at examples, applied vs. pure aspects, etc.) before starting with of the program. At least a rouhg idea about the two most intersting areas should exist before you start with your master. After the first semester it is recommended to start looking for possible master thesis advisors, so that they could assist in planning the second year of their studies.

In the first semeser of the study it is recommended to primarily take compulsory core courses from areas of specialisation that might become the chosen one. (Courses from the areas not chosen as specialization can be used for the modules "further electives'' or "courses from other areas''.)

During the second semester it should be clear which area of specialization will be chosen and students should start looking for an advisor. It is recommended to complete one seminar and the rest of the compulsory modules for the chosen area in the second semester. Remaining capacities can be used for the other modules.

The planning for the second year of the study should in the ideal case be done jointly with an advisor for the master thesis. It is recommended to decide on the topic for the master thesis and start working on the thesis during the third semester. The main task for this semester should however be the completion of courses.

In this way, only very few courses should be left for the fourth semester so that students can mainly concentrate on writing the master thesis and prepare for their master defense.

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