Extradisciplinary competencies

Information for Bachelor's and Master's students

What abilities and knowledge should future academics possess in the future? Bologna reforms have brought different kinds of competencies to the fore. Curricula are no longer oriented purely towards specialist knowledge and abilities but focus explicitly on conveying and testing competencies.

In addition to sophisticated specialist knowledge and abilities, extradisciplinary competencies are also required. Only then can people deal effectively with complex demands in any given context and specialist expertise is used appropriately. It is essential, particularly during the course of scientific education, to develop extradisciplinary competencies that can be used in academic settings as well as areas of the labor market.

Extradisciplinary competencies serve to round out students’ specialist education in Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, beyond discipline-specific competencies cultivated by the curriculum. Thus students develop capabilities and skills that enhance their personal and social competencies as well as those relating to the handling of information, ideas, and methodologies. All such competencies indisputably constitute a crucial competitive factor in professional life today.

Extradisciplinary competencies: What you need to know


You can acquire extradisciplinary competencies by completing courses that:

  • enable deeper insight into the discipline's scientific background (such that you are able to think in terms of relations, to situate new scientific content in broader contexts, to independently and critically analyze scientific findings, to act independently on a didactic and methodical basis, to work in a team and, not least, to be creative),
  • have a general educational character,
  • serve the purposes of personality development (self and social competencies),
  • secure you knowledge and qualifications specifically geared towards your professional future


  • 4 ECTS for Bachelor Mathematics (FPSO 2019)
  • 6 ECTS for Bachelor Mathematics (FPSO 2007 with amendments of 2014)
  • 3 ECTS for the Mathematics in Data Science Master’s program
  • 4 ECTS in the other mathematical Master’s programs and the Bachelor's programs about to be phased out (FPSO 2007 and with amendments of 2013).

The necessary ECTS can be acquired from a broad range of courses. Regularely offered courses at TUM can be found in your Curriculum.


Where applicable, please clarify in advance whether recognition of your course(s) is possible. If you have any questions, please make direct contact with:

Requirements: How to acquire extradisciplinary competencies

You want to complete a module from the curriculum of a higher education degree program in order to fulfill requirements concerning extradisciplinary competencies?

This is possible if

  • the content is not mathematics or from a minor subject
  • and there is an examination requirement and the course description should contain an ECTS count. A proof of attendance alone is insufficient.

Further modules from institutions, programs, and course offerings at TUM

Besides the modules listed in your curriculum the following institutions offer a wide range of courses. These also can acquire credits in the area of extradisciplinary competencies as long as the requirements above are fulfilled. Please note, that such courses have to be recognized in your curriculum after passing them.

  • Carl von Linde Academy
  • TUM Language Center: All foreign languages, under the following restrictions:
    • no beginners' course (A1) in English
    • each beginner's cours (A1) can aquire a maximum of 3 ECTS
    • no German courses for Bachelor's students 

Further opportunities for committed TUM students of mathematics

You can also acquire extradisciplinary competencies in the following ways:

  1. one-year membership
  2. not listed in the Diploma Supplement
  • Participation in a faculty recruitment committee: requirements: not listed in the Diploma Supplement