MSc in Mathematics

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Master's Degree
Study mode
2 years
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Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree in Mathematics with minimum studies of three years at a university or a qualification equivalent to it (e.g. a degree in Physics or Engineering with large mathematical content) is required;
  • Proficiency in English (TOEFL with minimum score 230) or German language (DSH or basic level III) is neccessary.


The course is (like in the Bachelor studies) organized in so-called “modules". The Master-Thesis is a module with 30 credit points. Altogether 120 credit points are required for the masters degree – roughly equally distributed over 4 semesters. The freedom of choice in the Master's course is larger than at the end of the Bachelor's course. This “studyplan” gives details and rules about the possible choices. We offer frequently introductory modules and less frequently specialized modules.

Out of the four mathematical subjects

  • Algebra and Geometry
  • Analysis
  • Applied and Numerical Mathematics
  • Stochastics

at least two subjects with 16 and 24 credit points, respectively, must be taken (in German they are called Mathematisches Fach 1 and Mathematisches Fach 2). At least one of those two subjects must be Algebra and Geometry or Analysis.

Next you have to choose modules with 14-22 CPs an put them together into the so-called Additional Subject (in German: Wahlpflichtfach). Any modules from the four mathematics subjects including seminars can be chosen.

Finally, one has to take 16-24 credit points from so-called Subsidary Subject (in German: Ergänzungsfach). The subsidiary subject may be one of the four mathematical subjects (which has not been chosen previously as "Mathematisches Fach 1" or "Mathematisches Fach 2") or one of the subjects of application like

  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

These modules are offered by the departments of Computer Science, Physics, Economics, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering. In total the Additional Subject and the Subsidiary Subject have to add up to at least 38 credits.

Moreover, two seminar modules (each with 3 credit points) in mathematics have to be taken as well as 6 credit points from Key Qualifications (cf. offers from the Sprachenzentrum and House of Competence). There are different ways to get “Key Qualifications”: language courses with exams, various forms of project work, advanced programming courses and courses offered from ZAK (Zentrum für Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft und Studium Generale).

We recommend a (voluntary) practical work (in a company/business). It corresponds to 8 credits, which can be given if there is a report and a presentation of the practical work. These credits are counted as “Additional Qualifications”.

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