Mathematics and Computer Science (M.Sc.)
Solving many of today's problems requires a solid understanding of both mathematics and informatics. Saarland University was quick to recognize this link and established three academic chairs in the combined areas of mathematics and computer science. The Master's degree programme 'Mathematics and Computer Science' is unique in Germany as it offers students the opportunity to study this important field with equal weighting given to each discipline.
Graduates from the Saarland University programme have excellent career prospects in all of the fields in which mathematicians and computer scientists traditionally work. Exciting job opportunities also arise in research and development departments, in the financial sector, e-commerce, the automotive and mechanical engineering industries, in the medical and health sectors, in the pharmaceutical industry and in telecommunications. With their knowledge and skills in both academic disciplines, graduates are well placed to provide balanced input and to benefit from the very varied career opportunities open to them.
The M.Sc. programme 'Mathematics and Computer Science' requires students to accumulate a total of 120 ECTS credits (120 CP). Typically, students should aim to acquire 30 credits per semester.
Students can earn a total of 42 credits during the compulsory stage of the programme; 30 credits for the Master's thesis and 12 for the accompanying Master's thesis seminar. The Master's thesis is to be completed within six months. Before completing their thesis, each student must contribute successfully to the Master's thesis seminar on a subject directly related to the project work carried out for the student's thesis.
In the compulsory elective part of the programme, students must acquire at least 78 credits. The compulsory elective part of the curriculum includes practical training phases, modules from core lecture courses, advanced lecture courses or seminars in the fields of mathematics and computer science; work performed as a course tutor or supervisor in problem-solving classes, language courses, soft-skills seminars, industrial work placements or internships, or departmental or university-related administrative duties. For further information, please consult the study regulations.
Students seeking admission to the M.Sc. programme 'Mathematics and Computer Science' will need to fulfil the following admission requirements:
- Bachelor's degree from a German university or an equivalent qualification from a foreign university either in a subject area that closely combines mathematics and computer science, or in a related discipline.
- Proof of advanced proficiency in English (GER: C1, TOEFL: 95/120, IELTS: 7.0/9.0)
- Proof of subject-specific knowledge and skills corresponding to those taught in the Bachelor's degree programme 'Mathematics and Computer Science' at Saarland University. Specifically, this requires applicants to show that they have the necessary level of expertise in the following areas:
1) Mathematics (analysis, linear algebra, numerical methods, stochastics)
2) Computer science and informatics (functional and object-oriented programming, algorithms and data structures, software development methods, theoretical informatics)
- Evidence of the applicant's particular interest in the subject in the form of a personal statement written by the applicant and two letters of recommendation written by referees who know the applicant academically.
How to apply
Students can join the programme at the beginning of the summer or winter semester. Application deadlines are 15 May for the following winter semester and 15 November for the following summer semester.
Applications should be submitted via the online application portal managed by the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.
For further information on application and admission please go to the web page of this course of study.
|Standard period of study||4 semesters|
|Language of instruction||English|
|English language requirements||GER: C1, TOEFL: 95/120, IELTS: 7.0/9.0|
|Application deadline||Winter semester: 15 May|
Summer semester: 15 November
|Tuition fees||Not applicable|
|Semester fee||See current fee structure|
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