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

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


Admission Requirements

  • 1st university degree, required qualifications according to P.O. Mehr Informationen

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

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.

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)

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.

Media Library

The publication series RWTH Themen is published without a regular schedule and provides information about current research topics at the university. In the "Mathematics is everywhere" issue, RWTH Aachen presents current research projects at its mathematics institutes. The interesting areas of application sheds light on how lively and exciting mathematics research is. For example, did you know that it is possible to mathematically model the architecture of the Aachen cathedral? Or that mathematics can help avoid traffic jams on the expressway?

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.

Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.


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