Hugh variety & flexibility

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Our highly diverse range of courses provides a broad and well-founded training in all areas of mathematics. This allows you to put a strong focus on both theoretical and applied mathematics. More than 35 professors offer a very comprehensive range of courses in the following areas:

Programme structure

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The following description gives a short overview of our degree programme. A more detailed description can be found here.

Our degree programme consists of

  • a broadening module (1st semester),
  • three specialisation modules (1st-3rd semester),
  • a module for personal enrichment (1st-2nd semester),
  • a supplementary module (3rd semester), and
  • the master's thesis.

Instead of three specialisation modules, you can also choose two specialisation modules and a minor subject.

The  broadening module consists of two one-semester lectures with exercises, such as Differential Geometry I, Functional Analysis, Higher Algebra, Algebraic Topology, Numerical Partial Differential Equations I, Partial Differential Equations I, Probability Theory I, Mathematical Statistics, Financial Mathematics, and Logic II, and many more. Except for Partial Differential Equations I and Probability Theory I, these lectures are offered in the winter semester.

A specialisation module is usually a one-year module consisting of a one-semester lecture with exercises (Type I) and a one-semester lecture/seminar (Type II). You must at least choose three different specialisations (or two and a minor subject), but they may come from the same area.

The personal enrichment module allows you to add a focus on your personal career development. In this module you can choose between language courses at our Language Centre, courses offered by the Careers Service of the WWU, an internship (in the industry) or highly advanced mathematical seminars and courses (as offered by the Mathematics Münster Graduate School).

The supplementary module prepares you for the master thesis and must be coordinated with a potential supervisor. It usually consists of a seminar/lecture and an advanced seminar/privatissimum.

An optional minor subject (which you can choose instead of a third specialisation module) consists of seminars and/or lectures in one of the fields you may choose as a minor (e.g. computer science, logic, biology or philosophy). Please note, that most of the minor subjects are taught in German. Some also require prior knowledge.

When choosing the modules that will be part of your Master's grade, please keep in mind the following: Not all selected lectures may come only from Theoretical Mathematics or only from Applied Mathematics. You must choose at least one one-semester course from the other area. The lecture Partial Differential Equations I can be used as a theoretical or applied course (as part of the broadening module).