Mathematics M.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester, Summer Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

German or English

Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

  • Proficiency in German or English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Dates and Deadlines


The Master’s program in mathematics is an academic and research-oriented program. The degree enables graduates to successfully apply abstract and structural thinking in various areas of society. There is a great demand for these abilities which has only increased tremendously over the past 20 years.

The Aachen Profile

The Master’s program is characterized by a large number of elective modules from almost every area of mathematics. The only stipulation is to consistently complete modules from the pure and applied mathematics sections.


During the program there is specialization in one area of mathematics (concentration area). This can be either from for pure or applied mathematical modules. Typically, the master’s thesis is written in this area.

Application Subjects

In addition, there is a large number of application subjects from the natural sciences, the humanities and the engineering sciences. It is possible to prepare a master’s thesis in cooperation with these application areas. It is also possible to change your application subject when transitioning from a Bachelor to a Master upon request.

English Language Option

It is possible to obtain the Masters in Mathematics entirely in English, if you choose Applied Mathematics as your concentration area. As minors (application areas) taught in English, you may currently choose from physics, applied geophysics, and computer science.


Degree Content

The mathematics modules are broken down into three groups: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and a concentration. The course of study schedule gives you an initial look at the freedom of choice within the course of study:

Semester Pure Mathematics Applied Mathematics Concentration Application Subject
1 Elective Module
Elective Module
Elective Module
2 Elective Module
Elective Module Elective Module
3 Elective Module
Elective Module
Elective Module Elective Module
4 Master's Thesis

At the start of your studies, you choose an application subject.


Application Subjects


  1. Theoretical Physics III
  2. Theoretical Physics III
  3. Elective Modules from the module catalogue (see exam regulations)

Computer Science

Modules from the module catalogue (see exam regulations)

Business Administration

Modules from the module catalogue (see exam regulations)


  1. Advanced Macroeconomics
  2. Elective modules (see exam regulations)

Applied Geophysics

Modules from the module catalogue (see exam regulations)

There are also additional application subjects, which require approval: Biology, Medicine, Philosophy, and Electrical Engineering

Modules upon agreement



A prerequisite for starting studies in a first university degree, with which the necessary background education can be proven, as determined in the exam regulations. The exam board determines whether it fulfills the entrance requirements.

Please refer to the department website for detailed information.


Career Prospects

There are practically no unemployed mathematicians. After their studies, they have the possibility to find work in a broad spectrum of jobs.

Experience has proven that employers from diverse fields are looking for and value mathematicians as generalists. In addition to having completed a demanding course of study, graduates are qualified for abstract, structural thinking and quick incorporation into complex relationships for many careers in our society. Mathematicians can be found in almost all fields: IT, insurance, banks, consulting, medicine, mechanical engineering, etc. You can find examples of the diversity of career fields on the Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung (de) website.


Module Handbook and Examination Regulations

The module handbook provides a description of all modules of a degree program and offers a comprehensive insight into the program contents.

The examination regulations are comprised of legally binding provisions on learning objectives, prerequisites for study, the course structure and processes, and examination procedures.

Regulations that generally apply to all Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, including information on language proficiency requirements, can be found in RWTH's General Examination Regulations. These general regulations are further specified and complemented by the subject-specific examination regulations.

If two examination regulations are valid for a degree program during a transition phase, the most current version shall apply to students enrolling in the program for the first time.

Please note that only the German examination regulations are legally binding.

Module Handbook
Subject-Specific Examination Regulations
RWTH's General Examination Regulations



The Master course of study in Mathematics is offered by the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences.