Mathematics (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

In this degree programme you acquire the skills you need to work independently in graduate research. The courses offered in the degree programme represent the research profile of the Department of Mathematics. Theoretical mathematics focuses on two main areas: algebra and geometry and mathematics in the sciences (mathematical analysis, mathematical physics and stochastics). Applied mathematics focuses on modelling, simulation and optimisation. Research in these areas is closely linked with practical application in technology, industry and economics. Another departmental research area is concerned with the analysis of partial differential equations which are directly linked with sciences and engineering.

Core subjects and specialisation options

You can choose one of the following specialisation subjects:

  • Algebra and geometry
  • Analysis and stochastics
  • Modelling, simulation and optimisation

You can also choose one non-mathematical subject, usually the minor subject in your Bachelor's degree programme.

You can study abroad during the degree programme. FAU has cooperation agreements with many universities abroad through the Erasmus+ programme, further information can be found here.

Modules and degree programme structure
  • 1st-3rd semester: specialisation
    You can choose your modules relatively freely. In your chosen programme specialisation, you select core modules in which you acquire fundamental knowledge at postgraduate level, research modules and mathematical elective modules. The non-mathematical modules usually expand on the minor subject in your Bachelor's degree programme.
  • 4th semester: Master's thesis
    You have six months to complete a research project of your choice and write your thesis.
Good to know
  • At the beginning of the degree programme, you can choose a mentor from the lecturers at the Department of Mathematics who assists you in creating an individual study plan for the degree programme.
Admission requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in mathematics or a closely related subject. Also, applicants must have an average grade of 2.5 or otherwise pass an interview to assess their eligibility.

Applicants whose native language is not German must submit proof of sufficient German skills and must be able to discuss mathematical topics in German.


Please apply through the application portal campo. In exceptional cases, you can also apply before completing your Bachelor's degree, in which case you are required to submit proof of at least 140 ECTS credits.

More information on the application procedure is available at

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Degree type: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree program: Summer Term, Winter Term
Size: (currently 1-50 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Sciences
Admission: Qualification assessment