Bachelorstudium Mathematik (UA 033 621)

The Bachelor in Mathematics, which takes 180 ECTS (the equivalent of 6 semesters full time study), offers a solid basic training in a broad range of subject areas, combined in an integrated curriculum.  Upon successful completion, graduates can either continue studies (e.g., our Master curriculum) or start their working life.

In order to satisfy both of these goals, the bachelor curriculum offers a range of electives in its third year, where after a common basic training, students choose between electives focusing on either the mathematical preparation for their working life, or on training for scientific work. 

The Environment and specific characteristics of mathematics studies at the University of Vienna

In addition to its importance as an independent science, mathematics has since a long time very influential in engineering, the natural sciences, and economics. More currently, mathematical methods have been steadily gaining importance in biology, medicine, psychology, and the social sciences, and have been influential in the further development of these disciplines. The universal character of mathematics offers a rare unifying function for a range of diverse subject areas which become ever more specialised. 

This role of mathematics is reflected in our bachelor curriculum. Our approach to training emphasises the unifying character of mathematics and tries to avoid a splintering into disjoint single areas. In particular, the relationship between "pure" and "applied" mathematics is understood as mutual completions of each other. 

Goals of the bachelor curriculum

Students in the bachelor of mathematics program obtain an extensive basic training of the most important areas of mathematics. Based on this knowledge, graduates acquire a high degree of abstract problem solving skills, critical and analytical thinking, and an exact approach to work. They have the ability to flexibly and creatively approach complex problem sets, to systematically develop solution concepts, and to communicate these to a broad range of audiences. 

These skills developed during basic mathematical training are in high demand in many industries and therefore, put graduates in an excellent position to compete in the job market. Since our training approach emphasises the universal aspects of mathematics, the actual fields where our graduates apply their skill range far, from engineering, research and development, to business administration positions. Most of our graduates work in  banks and insurances, consulting  and controlling firms, IT and software development, and market research.