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Mathematics | Master

The abstract beauty of modern day mathematics is only matched by its remarkable efficiency in applications in nearly every area of nowadays science. These applications reach from medicine, neuroscience, telecommunication to financial models and ecology. A degree in mathematics provides the knowledge and skills to apply mathematical models and to expand and develop the underlying theories and concepts. The Institute of Mathematics of the University of Potsdam offers students a friendly, individual and comprehensive assistance in every aspect of their studies. To complement their mathematics curriculum, the students are given the option to take complementary subjects such as physics, computer science, biology, geology, chemistry or economy in order to get acquainted with applications relevant for their future career.

THE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
NameMathematics
DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study4 semesters
Credit points120
Language of instructionGerman & English
Start of study (1st semester)Summer & winter semester
CampusGolm

Program Content

Building on the knowledge acquired during the Bachelor’s degree, the Master's program leads students to the current frontiers of research through individual specialization. The strong research focuses of the department of mathematics are reflected in the curricula through two distinctive profiles:

  1. Structures in Mathematics inspired by Physics
  2. Mathematical Modeling and Data Analysis

These two profiles complement each other and guarantee a consistent and focused education. Within these profiles students can choose from the following specializations:

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Geometric Analysis
  • Mathematical Modeling und System Biology
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Statistics
  • Probability Theory

The tight connections to extra-academic research institutions on campus enhance the variety of possibilites additionally. Furthermore, the program offers high flexibility and allows to choose individual specializations even from both profiles. In all questions concerning the planning of the curricula students can also rely on the assistance of their mentors.

To complement their mathematics curriculum, the students are given the option to take complementary subjects such as physics, computer science, biology, geology, chemistry or economy in order to get acquainted with applications relevant for their future career. In all questions concerning the planning of the curricula students can also rely on the assistance of their mentors.

Course Objective and Future Career Options

Our Students acquire competence in implementing mathematical methods and readily applicable knowledge of mathematical theories. They are trained to be able to approach problems in an analytical and structured way. The Master's degree program extends the knowledge and skills acquired with a Bachelor’s degree. Students choose individual specialization areas in which they get acquainted with current research topics.

The employment prospects of graduates in mathematics are excellent and offer a strikingly large variety of possibilities.  Mathematicians work in industry, for banks and insurance companies, in administration as well as in research institutions and academia. Their tasks are many and diverse: development and application of methods in algebra, analysis, geometry,  computational mathematics, analysis of random systems, numerical analysis as well as signal and data processing. They solve problems in optimization and develop models and simulations for complex processes in nature, economy and industry.  Most importantly, future employers not only appreciate the wide range of knowledge of the graduates but first and foremost the perseverance and problem solving skills mathematicians acquire throughout their training.

After graduating from the Master's program you have opportunity to continue your academical education by pursuing a Ph.D. degree.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Master’s Program

For admission to the Master's program, you must hold a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, or a degree that is recognized as equivalent.

We expect good English or German skills that correspond at least to the B1 level of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages, if this language is not your mother tongue.

You can read more about the subject-specific admission requirements in the respective Admission Regulations.

Program Structure

The Master's program is based on individual specialization and offers a wide range of flexibility. Within the two profiles mentioned above you choose courses from at least three of the following fields:

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Modules of the Master's program

1. Algebry, Discrete Mathematics, Geometry
2. Analysis und Mathematical Physics
3. Probability Theory und Statistics
4. Applied Mathematics und Numerical Mathematics

The mathematical education is complemented by a complementory subject. For the specific planning of the curricula students can rely on the assistance of their mentors.

For additional information, please consult the subject-specific Degree Regulations or the Departmental Advisory Office.

Contact

Institute of Mathematics

Prof. Dr. Gilles Blanchard | Studienfachberatung

 

Campus Golm | House 9, room 1.16

Advantages at a Glance

Studying at the University of Potsdam takes place in small groups both for lectures and exercise sessions, a privileged setup which offers many opportunities for interactions with lecturers and fellow students. In a friendly atmosphere, and thanks to an individualized mentoring program, students may refer to a faculty member who serves as a guide in the process of choosing curricula and provides useful advice throughout the semester. The University has tight connections to academic and extra-academic research institutions in Potsdam and the greater area of Berlin and Brandenburg. This offers the opportunity for Master and PhD students to get in touch with research teams and companies to complement their academic training. 

Application

Have you decided to study the master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Potsdam? Then you should take the next step and get more information about the current application and immatriculation procedures at the application website.

Contact

Institute of Mathematics

Prof. Dr. Gilles Blanchard | Studienfachberatung

 

Campus Golm | House 9, room 1.16

This description is based in part on the information provided by the Program-Specific Regulation for the Master's Program in Mathematics at the University of Potsdam, dated 28 April 2010 (AmBek Nr. 19/10, S. 586), as well as the corresponding statutes for changing the Regulation.