TopMath: Doctoral Program in Mathematics

Are you studying in a mathematics Bachelor program or have you just completed it? Are you interested in doing at PhD in Mathematics? And would you like to get started right away? 

 

TopMath is a doctoral program in mathematics with a research-oriented Elite Master within the Elite Network of Bavaria and offers outstanding Bachelor’s graduates the opportunity to pursue their doctorate directly after completing their Bachelor’s degree.

 

TopMath supports students in the field of pure and applied mathematics as well as related areas of computer science. The broad spectrum of internationally reknowned professors at the Technical University of Munich and University of Augsburg give TopMath students many opportunites to pursue their interests in research. 

Contact

Agnieszka Baumgärtel

Agnieszka Baumgärtel, M.A.

TopMath Coordinator

Room: 03.12.018

Tel:+49 (0)89 289 17495

topmath(at)ma.tum.de

 

Dr. Carl-Friedrich Kreiner

Dr. Carl-Friedrich Kreiner

Study Advisor

Room: 03.04.036

Tel.:+49 (0)89 289 16816

topmath(at)ma.tum.de

 

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What do we offer?

Excellent Study Conditions:

  • Individual supervision by a professor as a personal mentor and involvement in mentor's research group
  • Early introduction to current research topics
  • "Independent Studies", which allow students to specialize in their individual field of interest
  • Studies together with outstanding young researchers
  • Many job opportunities at the Technical University of Munich or the University of Augsburg as a teaching assistant

Attractive Additional Offers: 

  • Professional networking through sponsored study/research stays abroad
  • Attendance at international workshops and conferences, supported by the program
  • Access to courses of the Elite Network of BavariaTUM Gaduates SchoolCarl von Linde Academy or TUM Language Cente
  • Wide range of TopMath events such as TopMath Talk, Spring and Summer School, TopMath Alumni Speaker Series etc.
  • Awards for outstanding study and research results

Video

Brief facts about our TopMath program. 
Logo: Elite Network of Bavaria

Profiles of the students

A short overview of the TopMath students.

Structure of the TopMath Program

The structure of the TopMath Program consists of:

  • Elite Master Study Program in Mathematics (PreDoc- and Masterphase)

and

  • Doctoral Program in Mathematics (Doctoralphase)

TopMath begins with enrollment on a research-oriented elite Master’s course. The first two semesters (PreDoc phase) are usually devoted to finding and becoming involved in challenging research-oriented work in mathematics and preparing participants for the transition to the doctoral program. In this phase, students follow a tailor-made curriculum comprising of lectures, seminars and individual research. From the beginning, they are integrated into the scientific community by their mentoring professor.

From the second year of study onwards, the elite Master’s program and the doctoral program are completed simultaneously.

After these two years, TopMath students are expected to complete their Master’s thesis and concentrate on their doctoral project, which usually takes another four semesters.

Further informationen on the TopMath Program can be found within our new study regulations dated February 23.02.2018:

 

Old examination regulation:

Bachelor in Elite part-time studies(München)

 

Bachelor in Elite part-time studies(Augsburg)

 

PhD Studies with parallel Masters Hons. ( vom 1. Juli 2014 bzw. 7. April 2016)

Who can be your TopMath mentor?

Applications for TopMath

Application deadline

is December 1st each year

 

Program start 

  • winter semester: (lecture period: mid-October until mid-February) or
  • summer semester: (only under special circumstances; lecture period: mid-April until the end of July)

 

Criteria for acceptance into an Elite Master Program (TopMath)

  • Excellent grades in a mathematics Bachelor program or equivalent, lasting a minimum of 6 semesters
  • Ability to carry out basic research, and to work in a scientific and methodic way
  • Keen interest in independent and creative work
  • Exceptional motivation and potential for achievement within the Elite Master Program in Mathematics

 

Application procedure

Please note there are different requirements for bachelor graduates from the TUM and for external graduates.

Transcript of Records (TOR)

  • for external candidates: TOR with courses equivalent to a minimum of 120 credits or, in case of non-european higher education system, at least two thirds of the overall necessary examinations in a Bachelor programm, which lasts a minimum of 6 semesters. The Transcript of Records must be issued and certified accordingly by the appropriate examination authority or by the appropriate Admissions Office. Please read the information on certified copies and certificates of our Admission Office.
  • for TUM Bachelor graduates: The same conditions apply as for external candidates.

Curriculum of the underlying university degree:

  • for external applicants: Use the Excel file below as a template:
  • for TUM bachelor graduates: not required

Curriculum Vitae

  • for external and internal graduates:  Please submit as a personal data sheet.

Letter of motivation

  • for external graduates: A written statement (letter of motivation) describing the reasons for wishing to be admitted to the Elite Master Program TopMath. This letter of motivation should be written in English or German and be maximum of 2 A4-pages. It should explain why your specific abilities and interests (please see the criteria above) make you a good candidate for the Elite Master Program TopMath.
  • for TUM bachelor graduates: See requirements for external graduates.

Essay

  • for external graduates: A scientific mathematical essay, written in English or German language, approximately 10.000 characters in length. Please choose one of the following essay topics:
  • for TUM Bachelor graduates: The same conditions apply as for external candidates.

Proof of English Language skills

  • for external graduates: If you have not completed your education officially in English nor German, you must provide proof of sufficient language skills in English OR German. Please send us a certified copy of your language certificate. Here you can find out which English or German language certificates are acceptable. If you submit English as a language certificate, you must also have a basic knowledge of German (level A1). If you have no proven German language skills, you will be required to take at least one module during the first two semesters of your studies, in which you acquire basic German language skills. The TUM offers free courses.
  • for TUM Bachelor Graduates: The same conditions apply as for external candidates.

Preliminary Documentation (VPD)

  • for external graduates: Applicants with a qualification for graduate studies (e.g. a bachelor's degree) obtained in a country outside of the EU/EEA who are not already enrolled at TUM or have not successfully completed preparatory studies at a Studienkolleg in Germany are required to have their application documents verified before submission by the University Application Service for International Students(uni-assist e.V.). Uni-assist will issue a VPD certificate.
  • for TUM bachelor graduates: not required

 

You can apply from 01.10. to 01.12. of each year via TUMonline.

Please take time to read the instructions thoroughly and to complete the application carefully. Please choose from the drop-down menus as follows:

  • in "Study Type": "Elite Master" and
  • for "Degree course": "Mathematics with additional PhD program Mathematics".

After completing the form, you can use this system to print an "application for approval". Please send all required documents by post to the address printed on the "Application for admission". This is:

Agnieszka Baumgärtel

Zentrum Mathematik
Boltzmannstr. 3 
D-85748 Garching
Deutschland

After the required documents have been assessed, the TopMath-Committee decides whether you will receive

  • a direct study admission, or
  • a direct rejection, or
  • an invitation to an interview.   

If you are admitted or rejected directly, you will hear from us in January.

The period for interviews is from 01.01. to 31.03. of each year. We will let you know one week in advance, when exactly your interview will take place. Usually the interview takes place at the Department of Mathematics in Garching. We can also permit foreign applicants to conduct the interview via Adobe Connect. Either way, your interview will take 20 to 30 minutes and will include an evaluation of the following criteria:

  • your ability to work scientifically and in a fundamental and methodical manner (does the applicant show interest in the subject areas of the degree course, as well as in a scientific discussion of the topics involved?)
  • proof of existing knowledge from your first degree course (e.g. by outlining a solution for an exemplary problem set in the interview)

  • the particular ability and willingness to work independently and creatively (e.g. by giving  a short independent presentation of an exemplary problem area),

  • strong motivation and desire to achieve (is the applicant prepared to further their knowledge, beyond the compulsory attendance times of the course).

The result of your interview will be sent to you two weeks later.

  • You have to pay semester fees
  • You must submit the following documents in order to enroll at TUM:

Bachelor’s Degree or Comparable Qualification for Admission

  • for external graduates: An officially certified copy of the undergraduate degree must be submitted by the beginning of the Elite Master Program TopMath, via post to the address printed on the "Application for Admission".
  • for TUM bachelor graduates: If you proceed directly after your TUM Bachelor to the Elite Master Program TopMath, your diploma will be submitted to the Student Registration Office automatically.

 

Proof of sufficient health insurance cover

  • for external graduates: In Germany, all students must have health insurance, i.e. you must have proof of sufficient insurance cover in order to be able to enroll at a German university.
  • for TUM bachelor graduates: already confirmed

 

We recommend that you submit all required documents before the semester begins, as enrollment is not possible until all documents have been received. If you are not officially enrolled at TUM, you cannot register for courses or examinations, nor can you be issued a student ID card or semester ticket.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via e- mail: topmath (at) ma.tum.de.

Administration

TopMath Board

The TopMath-Board is responsible for the professional supervision of the programm. This executive committee specifically ensures the expertise of all persons who are involved in this project, and their compliance with the requirements of the curriculum. It is also in charge of the further development of TopMath.

Members of the TopMath-Board:

 

Coordination and Advisory Service

For the coordination of the program, quality control measures, organization of workshops, and seminars during vacation within the network of the participating universities and research institutions, as well as the coordination of activities aimed to provide interdisciplinary basic knowledge, the following persons are responsible:

 

Integration within the TUM Graduate School

Since May 2010 the TopMath doctorate program (Graduate Center, TGZ TopMath) has been integrated into the TUM Graduate School (TUM-GS). Since November 2010, Professor Brokate has been a member of the executive board and associate dean of the TUM Graduate School.

 

The following members of the TopMath-Board supervise the Graduate Center: