Mathematicians are in demand like never before, both in Germany and internationally. Banks and management consultancies together with IT and telecommunication firms are actively looking for well-qualified mathematicians. Along with these companies, universities and research institutes value not only mathematicians' knowledge but also their analytical skills.
Students on the Master's programme 'Mathematics' work in small groups and are individually supervised by professors and their assistants. Graduates from the Master's programme are thus optimally prepared for challenging roles in national and international mathematical research and development.
The research-oriented Master's programme in mathematics provides a high-profile education in the following areas:
- algebra, geometry and number theory
- mathematical data analysis
- mathematical didactics
There is a strong collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in the areas of discrete mathematics, complexity theory, and computational geometry.
Successful completion of our master's programme requires a total of 120 credit points (CP). Students are normally required to attain 30 CP each semester.
Compulsory modules make up 42 CP, from which 30 CP are allocated to the master's thesis and 12 CP to the master's seminar. Six months are reserved for writing the thesis, before completion of which students must take a master's seminar of direct relevance.
Students must take optional modules with a total of at least 78 CP. These modules include master's placements, freely choosable courses from our range of core modules, advanced lectures and seminars in mathematics, tutoring, language courses, soft skill workshops, industrial placements or work in academic administration. Details can be found in the programme regulations.
In the national CHE university ranking the Master's programme is rated in the top group in the categories 'overall' and 'supervision'. The students also gave the subject top marks, including in the category 'International orientation'.
- Bachelor's degree from a German university or an equivalent qualitification from a foreign university in a programme in mathematics or a related subject
- Certificaton of English language skills (normally C1)
- Certification of technical skills equivalent to those acquired by students in the bachelor's programme 'Mathematics' at Saarland University
- A dossier and two letters of recommendation to document your interest in our master's programme
How to apply
Students can begin the M.Sc. programme at the beginning of the winter semester or the summer semester. Applications should be received by 15 May for students seeking to begin studying in the winter semester and by 15 November for students looking to start their studies in summer.
Applications should be submitted via the online application portal managed by the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Accredited study programmes
Saarland University was one of the first universities in Germany to successfully complete the system accreditation procedure. Since 2012, it has carried the seal of the Accreditation Council.