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Computational and Applied Mathematics (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

This degree programme is designed for students with an interest in mathematics and its application in science and engineering. Mathematical modelling, rigorous analysis and scientific calculations are essential for producing predictions and optimising processes in scientific and engineering applications. The degree programme is tailored to these needs.

As a student on this degree programme, you will first acquire a solid knowledge of mathematical modelling, applied analysis and scientific calculation. You will learn how to set up mathematical models and investigate their properties and limitations.

All modules are conducted in English, the international scientific language. The degree programme is aimed at students from Germany and from all over the world. In addition to mathematical knowledge, students also strengthen their cultural and communication skills, offering them an advantage in today's world with international teams working in industry and science.

Compulsory electives enable students to tailor their studies to their interests from a wide range of options. The compulsory elective modules reflect the mathematical research which is being conducted at FAU. They range from modelling, PDE analysis and numerical simulations in mathematical continuum mechanics (transport processes in complex multiphase flows, fluid-structure interactions) to multiscale analysis and mathematics in life sciences through to different areas of mathematical optimisation, for example structure optimisation, optimisation with PDEs and discrete optimisation.

Core subjects and specialisation options
Every student selects two of the following three specialisation fields:
  • Modelling and applied analysis
  • Numerical analysis and simulation
  • Optimisation
Modules and degree programme structure

Compulsory modules in 1st to 3rd semester: all students take

  • two modules in modelling and analysis in continuum mechanics (15 ECTS),
  • two modules in programming techniques/architecture for/of supercomputer(s) (15 ECTS) and
  • a practical module in modelling, simulation and optimisation (5 ECTS).

Elective modules in the 1st to 3rd semester: each student selects modules from the elective modules of the CAM degree programme (40 ECTS). Modules can also be chosen from the complete catalogue of Master's-level modules at FAU (15 ECTS).

4th semester: the Master's phase (30 ECTS). Over a period of 6 months, students work on their own scientific project under the supervision of a professor and write their Master's thesis on this topic. Students familiarise themselves with the topic beforehand by taking a Master's seminar. They present their results in a final oral examination.

Good to know
Each student is allocated a lecturer from the Department of Mathematics as a mentor at the beginning of the degree programme who helps them design an individual study plan.
Admission requirements

A successfully completed Bachelor's degree in mathematics or a related subject satisfying the following criteria:

  • The minimum grade should be 3.0 (German grading system: best grade = 1.0, just passed = 4.0)
  • A minimum of 45 ECTS in mathematical courses is required for non-mathematics Bachelor degrees.
  • For non-mathematical Bachelor degrees, we will furthermore require the passing of an oral exam.

Our Master's degree programme enables students to specialise in the numerics of partial differential equations or in optimisation. Therefore knowledge in the following domains is very useful and recommended:

  • Basic knowledge of partial differential equations and functional analysis
  • Basic knowledge in the numerics of partial differential equations or in optimisation

Proof of English language knowledge:

  • CEFR English Level B2 (Vantage or upper intermediate) or
  • Proof of 6 years of English classes at a German secondary school or
  • Higher education entrance qualification or first degree completed in English

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: English
Size: (1-24 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences