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 program, we do not provide a detailed path but list some general recommendations for students.

  • We recommend that students decide on an area of specialization during the first semester of the program. Even before starting the program, students should decide on their mathematical preferences (algebraic vs. analytic, structural vs. problem-oriented, possible connections to applications). Based on this, students should already narrow down the number of possible areas of specialization.
  • In some areas, there are recommendations for the sequence in which the core modules should be completed. Recommendations are available here.
  • For the first semester of the degree program, we recommend that students attend courses from the core modules of the areas of specialization that the students might choose. If this concerns more than one area, the courses taken outside the eventual chosen area can be recognized in the modules "Courses from Other Areas of Specialization" or "Further Electives".
  • Knowing the chosen area of specialization, students should start looking for potential supervisors of their Master's thesis during the second semester. Also during that semester, it is recommended to complete one seminar and the remaining courses from the core modules of the chosen area. 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 plan the second year of the program jointly with the supervisor of their 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 the student's priority should be writing their Master's thesis.