Recommended path through the master's programme

In view of the large number of interesting combinations of mathematical fields that can be pursued during the master’s programme, we do not provide a detailed path but list some general recommendations for students.

  • We recommend that students decide on an area of specialisation during the first semester of the programme. Even before starting the programme, students should decide on their mathematical preferences (algebraic vs. analytic, structural vs. problem-oriented, connections to applications). Based on this, students should already narrow down the number of possible areas of specialisation at the beginning of the degree programme.
  • In some areas, there are recommendations for the sequence in which the core modules should be completed. Recommendations are available on the web pages of the SPL “Mathematics”.
  • For the first semester of the degree programme, we recommend that students attend courses from the core modules of areas of specialisation that the students might choose. If this concerns more than one area, the courses can be recognised in the modules “Courses from Other Areas of Specialisation” and “Further Electives”.
  • Knowing the chosen area of specialisation, students should start looking for potential supervisors for the master’s thesis during the second semester. It is recommended to complete one seminar and the remaining courses from the core modules of the chosen area in this semester. Students should use their remaining capacities to achieve a total workload of 30 ECTS credits in this semester in accordance with the availability of courses in the other modules.
  • Students should already plan the second year of the degree programme jointly with the supervisor of the master’s thesis. We recommend that students start to work on their master’s thesis during the third semester, but should focus on the completion of courses. For the fourth semester, there should be only a small number of courses to be completed because writing their master’s thesis should be the students’ priority.