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:

  • broaden and complement your mathematical knowledge and 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 formulate your own standpoint and account for it scientifically, 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



  • 6 ECTS for Bachelor Mathematics (FPSO 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 2013).

The necessary ECTS can be acquired from a broad range of courses (taking into consideration, where applicable, the maximum frequency of applying for credits).


Time frames

3rd – 6th semesters of the bachelor’s program

1st – 4th semesters of the master’s program



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

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 (proof of attendance alone is insufficient).


Course offerings and modules at other universities


  1. not identical with the current major and minor subjects
  2. there must be an examination requirement (mere proof of attendance is insufficient)


TUM course offerings

from Informatics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering etc.

NOTE: This only applies where these subjects are not minors (including in terms of content).


Institutions, programs, and course offerings

You can acquire credits in the area of extradisciplinary competencies at:

  • Carl von Linde Academy: Please note that only the course offerings in the “Extradisciplinary Competencies” module are recognized that fulfill the ECTS criteria, that is, the course description should contain an ECTS count. "Sitzscheine” (proof of attendance) alone cannot be recognized.
  • TUM Language Center: All foreign languages, every level (exception: no beginners’ course in English); maximum of 3 ECTS for beginners’ courses
  • Center for Innovation and Business Creation at TUM: Only these courses are recognized:
  1. Innovative entrepreneurs
  2. Introductory seminar: Business ideas and markets
  3. Business plan basic seminar: Business model, sales and marketing, and finance
  1. every two weeks, attendance at a lecture or workshop of at least two hours (please refer to the relevant course description in order to ascertain whether this course can be recognized as part of the “Extradisciplinary Competencies” module)
  2. duration: two semesters
  3. an essay/report on two lectures
  1. duration: 3 days
  2. examination


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