Department of Mathematics - about us

What is the essence of a mathematics department? If you ask this question, a quick answer would be: "…solving deep theoretical questions". In our case I would add a few more core aspects, such as isolating the problemsbridging to the real worldconnecting with others and communication.

Connecting research and practice

As one of Europe’s leading institutes at the interface of mathematics with applications and other sciences, one of our core missions is to build a bridge between theoretical understanding and practical applications - and to use this bridge in both directions. Concrete problems from engineering, finance, life sciences, data analysis, and other applied or scientific fields often lead directly into the heart of challenging mathematical problems. We try to isolate and solve them! On the other hand, a theoretical understanding of the underlying structures often opens up new possibilities for the applications. We try to communicate the solutions to those places where they are needed!

Application-oriented teaching

A university consists of research and of teaching, and ideally connects both. Our thorough interest in the theory behind applications is reflected by our teaching profile. We offer a general mathematics Bachelor and Masters education, as well as several Master degrees with a specific applied profile, as well as the elite degree program TopMath.

Treating students of all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD) as individuals with different skill profiles, and finding the best way to support and develop them, is one of our core missions in education. Working and learning at the TUM Department of Mathematics connects the best of two worlds: the inherent beauty of mathematics and the applied power of solid theory.

Department at a glance

Employees at the Department of Mathematics in the summer semester 2021: 39 professors, 164 scientific personnel, 37 non-scientific personnel
Infographic: total students (1313), new students (435) and graduates (302) at the Department of Mathematics in the 2019/20 academic year
Infographic: Graduates at the TUM Department of Mathematics in the academic year 2019/20: 123 bachelor's degrees, 179 master's degrees, and 21 doctoral degrees
Infographic: Student numbers in the Master's programs TUM Department of Mathematics in the summer semester 2021: Mathematics: 366; Mathematics in Data Science: 147; Mathematics in Finance and Actuarial Science: 99; Mathematics in Science and Engineering: 72; Mathematics in Operations Research: 42.
Infographic: 28 percent of students at the TUM Department of Mathematics are from abroad in the academic year 2019/20, exchange students: 42 incoming and 125 outgoing

Department Management Team



  • 30 June 2022 16:30 – 17:30 Karin Binder (LMU): "Test positiv - trotzdem gesund? Wie man Bayesianisches Denken fördern kann"
  • 4 July 2022 15:00 – 16:00 Lukas Wessels: TBA
  • 4. Juli 2022 16:30 – 17:30 Simone Floreani (TU Delft): Hydrodynamics for the partial exclusion process in random environment
  • 6. Juli 2022 12:15 – 13:15 Anastasios Panagiotelis (University of Sydney, AUS): Anomaly detection with kernel density estimation on manifolds
  • 21 June 2022 13:00 – 14:00 Jonathan Dawes: Pattern formation with nonlocal terms, and Alan Turing’s later work on morphogenesis.
  • 11 July 2022 15:00 – 16:00 Thomas Richthammer (Universität Paderborn): TBA

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