Master Programme Mathematics International
At a Glance
|Master of Science (M.Sc.)
|4 semesters (standard study period)
|summer and winter semester
|Bachelor's degree in mathematics or comparable university degree, good command of English (see further information)
|Language of instruction:
|Major field of study:
|see List of areas of specialisation offered
|none - instead it is mandatory for students who have a Bachelor's degree from Germany to spend a semester abroad.
|at the Graduate School of the department (see further information)
The two-year Master's programme Mathematics International is a scientific-research-oriented degree programme, which is oriented to the needs of the international higher education market. The study programme is strongly international; in particular it includes a compulsory semester abroad (unless the previous university degree qualifying for admission has already been obtained outside Germany).
It is not necessary to take a non-mathematical minor subject: Instead of the usually obligatory non-mathematical (minor) subject, we offer in-depth study in the chosen specialisation as well as the acquisition of further key skills (e.g. language, international experience).
The programme builds on the knowledge acquired in the Bachelor's degree programme in mathematics at RPTU in Kaiserslautern. On the one hand, the study programme focuses on a broad mathematical education, in which students become acquainted with a wide range of modern mathematical methods, and their ability to recognise connections and compare structures is promoted. On the other hand, students are introduced to current mathematical research in their chosen field of study.
Under the chosen specialisation subject 24 - 28 Credit Points (CP) must be completed by attending advanced lecture courses, 12 CP must be completed under guided independent study (Reading Course) and at least one of the two seminars (3 CP each), as well as the master's thesis (30 CP) must fall under the specialisation subject. In addition, the curriculum includes courses in the range of 24 - 27 CP in applied mathematics, 18 - 21 CP in pure mathematics and 6 - 8 CP in a non-mathematical optional subject.
The study programme is flexible. It does not contain any compulsory subjects, but only a prescribed amount of credit points from certain subject catalogues. This should enable students to enter research according to their own abilities and inclinations.
All mathematics courses are held in English.
The graduates will then typically be active in mathematical research and teaching or at workplaces in industry, which require in particular the flexible use of mathematical methods in problem areas that are not yet standardised.
At RPTU in Kaiserslautern, the various Master’s degree programmes in mathematics are part of a consecutive study programme consisting of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses. Only the best students holding a Bachelor’s degree qualify for admission into the Master’s programme. External candidates seeking admission must prove that they have an equivalent qualification when compared to the local programme. Applicants must have obtained the necessary subject knowledge during their Bachelor’s, so they can follow the Master’s lectures at RPTU in Kaiserslautern. Their Bachelor's degree must be of a sufficient academic quality.
Academic requirements: Applicants must have obtained a degree equivalent to the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at RPTU in Kaiserslautern before enrolling as a student here.
- Language requirements: Applicants must demonstrate a good level of the English language (e.g. TOEFL of 550/213/80 points). Prior knowledge in German is not necessarily required, but international students have to pass a German language test within their first academic year. German language courses are offered, starting in August and March. Students who cannot attend these courses must take part in German language courses in their home country.
In order to enable students from other Bachelor's or Diploma degree programmes (in particular students with foreign degrees) to be academically at par with the Bachelor’s students from RPTU in Kaiserslautern, candidates might be provided with a conditional admission. This means that the candidates might have to attend additional courses (alongside their usual Master's lectures) and pass the corresponding examinations with a sufficient grade within the first academic year. Only those students who have fulfilled these requirements will be allowed to continue with their Master’s degree. These additional courses are generally prerequisites for most of the Master’s lectures in the chosen specialisation, and must not exceed 60 CP.
All applicants are required to submit a filled in application form (check under Documents/Links).
Along with the completed application form, the following documents must be submitted:
- Curriculum vitae (description of the educational and perhaps professional history),
- Evidence of sufficient knowledge of the English language: TOEFL of 550/213/80 points or IELTS (band 6), German high school diploma or proof that the courses and lectures at the former university were taught in English,
- Certified copies of final certificates in German or English (university entrance certificate, Bachelor degree or an equivalent degree certificate)*,
- Academic transcript (list of all previous courses attended with exam results),
- Brief description of the contents of all mathematical lectures attended at university,
- At least two letters of recommendation,
- Letter of motivation,
- Chinese, Vietnamese and Mongolian students must submit an APS certificate.
Please submit your complete application via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and only in PDF form. The size of the email has to be below 5 MB.
* If you do not receive your certification before the deadline, please contact us.
Taking into consideration the visa formalities for international applicants, the application deadline at TU Kaiserslautern is April 30 (early bird: November 15) for the winter semester and October 31 for the summer semester.
International students should bear in mind that the application deadlines for scholarships are often earlier.
A non-refundable application fee of 60 € must be paid beforehand. After submitting your application, you will be given a registration number and bank details. Your application can only be processed after the fee has been transferred to our account. It is recommended to submit the application early enough as payments take up to one month. Exchange students from partner universities (e.g. ERASMUS students) and students with a degree in mathematics from a German university are exempted from this procedure. The application fee paid by students who are DAAD scholarship recipients will be refunded.