Mathematics – Master of Science

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Postgraduate study programme which requires a first university degree. For this, the University of Konstanz offers the undergraduate Bachelor's Programme in Mathematics.

Mathematics is one of the oldest sciences and plays an indispensable role in many fields of modern science (e.g. physics, computer science, engineering, economics). Our Master’s Programme in Mathematics builds on your existing knowledge and skills by expanding and deepening them.

Overview

DegreeMaster of Science
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Period of study4 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.9. | 3.12. - 15.1.
Admission restrictionsno
ECTS120
⌀ Number of students:20

Why study Mathematics at Konstanz?

The master’s programme offers you the opportunity to set your own areas of emphasis. The Department of Mathematics offers a broad and diverse spectrum of courses in its research areas. You study in small groups and the research-based courses keep you closely in touch with the latest developments.

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Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

There is a broad spectrum of work with tasks such as calculating the aerodynamic resistance of a vehicle’s bodywork, or improving the production processes of a software provider. Whilst a bank needs an assessment model for risk management, an insurance company is looking for a market analysis and the evaluation of its own insurance products. By studying mathematics you will acquire the necessary basic methodical qualifications for this, whilst you gain specific specialist knowledge and skills in the various areas of your minor. In the professional world mathematics in the narrower sense often plays a lesser role, whereas the skills, such as the ability to think in abstract terms, to recognise logical relationships and to formulate models gain in importance. Larger numbers of mathematicians are employed in industry and the commercial sphere, for instance in company development departments and in data processing, in administration departments, insurance companies, banking and the software sector, and in technical and economic service enterprises.

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

During your studies you will focus on certain areas of mathematics. You will choose your area of specialisation from the department’s main research areas (analysis and numerics, real geometry and algebra, stochastic and statistics). In addition to this, you will attend courses in non-mathematical disciplines (e.g. biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, psychology, philosophy, linguistics or economics).


Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad

Internships

Internships help you to gain insights into various professional areas and to build up contacts. The Department and the university’s Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad in the second or third semester is highly recommended. Equivalent coursework and academic performance assessments acquired during your stay will be recognised. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

You should really enjoy the subject and have a definite desire to deepen your mathematical knowledge and skills. You have already demonstrated your endurance and determination by completing your undergraduate degree. Similarly, you have already trained your logical thinking and systemic understanding.

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills for this master's programme. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-1 or TestDaF 3. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

German and English

Admission requirements

  • Successfully completed bachelor's programme in mathematics or a related subject at an institution of higher education or recognised Berufsakademie or equivalent institution (abroad).
  • Academic performance assessments in modules that cover 1.) the contents of the basic modules Analysis, Linear Algebra and Practical Mathematics and 2.) the contents of the advanced modules Algebra, Analysis and Numerics and Stochastics of the Bachelor's Programme Mathematics at the University of Konstanz (see module guide BSc Mathematics).
  • Passing the admission examination (if applicable) according to § 5 of the admission regulations for the Master's Programme in Mathematics at the University of Konstanz. Applicants who completed their BSc in Mathematics at the University of Konstanz (or have an equivalent degree) and meet the requirements of point 2.), do not have to take the admission examination.
  • International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-1 or TestDaF 3, or a language test recognised as equivalent.

For details, please see the admission regulations.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.9. (winter semester) and 3.12. - 15.1. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Application for admission
  • Documentation of your academic degree including details on course work. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far.
  • Documentation of two academic performance assessments in modules that cover 1.) the contents of the basic modules Analysis, Linear Algebra and Practical Mathematics and 2.) the contents of the advanced modules Algebra, Analysis and Numerics and Stochastics of the Bachelor's Programme in Mathematics at the University of Konstanz (see above).
  • Documentation of passing the admission examination (if applicable) according to § 5 of the admission regulations of the Master's Programme in Mathematics of the University of Konstanz (see admission requirements);
  • Current certificate of enrolment or proof of exmatriculation, if applicable (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’).

    Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "Admission requirements".

International applicants:

  • Additional questionnaire for international students
  • Documentation of German language skills, level DSH-1 or TestDaF 3, or a language test recognised as equivalent;
  • Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy of your home country;
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