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Mathematics (MSc)

Taught in German


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The Master's programme in Mathematics is a consecutive programme that builds on an already acquired Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or relevant Bachelor's degrees with a broad mathematical profile. You can find more information on admission in the category "Application".

In the Bachelor's degree programme you have already become acquainted with the essential mathematical subject areas, which you will deepen in the Master's degree programme. In addition, you choose a major field of study that allows you to specialise, as well as one of the following minor subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Computer science
  • Philosophy
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Experimental Physics
  • Economics
Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


since 10 December 2010

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme

Duration of studies 

4 semestes - 120 credit points (cp)


Programme structure

In the degree programme, at least 96 credit points must be acquired in mathematics modules (including thesis module) and a minor subject of at least 18 credit points must be studied in accordance with the minor subject regulations.


Mathematics modules

At least 15 credit points must be acquired in each of the areas of Algebra/Analysis/Geometry (AAG) and Applied Mathematics/Stochastics (AMS), plus at least 21 credit points in a specialisation and 30 credit points in the thesis module. A seminar or reading course module must be successfully completed, an internship module (professional field or activity field internship) can be selected.


The study specialisations can be chosen in the following areas:

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Geometry
  • Numerical mathematics
  • Stochastics
  • Financial mathematics

Possible subsidiary subjects are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Philosophy
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Experimental Physics
  • Economics

In addition, supplementary modules may be freely selected if the aforementioned conditions are fulfilled.
The Master's thesis in the chosen specialisation demonstrates the ability to conduct independent scientific work and completes the degree programme.


Information on the course of study and the modules

A description of the modules can be found in the special regulations for the degree programme (appendices "Course of Studies" and "Module Descriptions"). (Only available in German)


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


Career Options

Career Options



Occupational fields

It is typical for mathematics that there is no specific sector for its graduates on the labour market. Mathematicians are dependent on constantly opening up new fields of activity, which they have succeeded in doing impressively in the past. Interest in graduates has increased significantly in the last 15 years, both in industry (in the area of research and development) and in business in general, in insurance companies and banks. In numerous fields of work, it is the mathematics-typical, analytical way of thinking that excellently supports the processing of complex application problems of all kinds.


  • Data processing, actuarial mathematics and finance, logistics
  • medicine, pharmaceutical industry, industrial production
  • Teaching
  • Public service and administration
  • Detailed information can be found in the study guide



After successfully completing a Master's degree, doctoral studies are possible.


International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences


Information for outgoing students

Information and consultation


Information for incoming students

Information and consultation



Subject Advisors

Prof. Dr. Oleg Davydov
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 44, HRZ, room 117
35392 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 32192

Prof. Dr. Klaus Metsch
Mathematisches Institut
Arndtstr. 2, room 116
0641 - 99 32082

Information concerning office hours can be found here.