Given their wide-ranging abilities, many doors are open to mathematics graduates: in banks and insurance companies for example, they calculate risks or create climate models. In biology they model molecules, for logistics and airline companies they optimize routes and freight sizes. The foundation for all this is the bachelor's degree course. Here, students acquire a broad base of knowledge incorporating both methodology and theory, this also being the best possible preparation for one of five master’s programs at the TUM Department of Mathematics.
If you would like to discover the subject’s practical areas of application as well as the foundations of abstract mathematics, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is the perfect place of study for you. The TUM Department of Mathematics is one of Europe's leading centers for applied and interdisciplinary mathematics. The mathematics degree program not only deals with analysis, algebra, geometry, or probability theory but also confronts the question: where and how is mathematics applied in natural and engineering sciences, in industry, or in other areas? After the fourth semester you can specialize either in abstract mathematics or in any of the main areas of applied mathematics: mathematical finance, mathematical economics, or mathematics in engineering and science, as well as mathematics in data science.
For matriculated students
For prospective students and applicants
Infocafé zum Bachelor Mathematik - 13. Juli 2018
- Studienanfänger*innen des Bachelors Mathematik der TUM, die im Wintersemester starten,
- Bewerber*innen hierfür und
- Eltern von Studienanfänger*innen oder Bewerber*innen
Wir laden Sie herzlich ab 15 Uhr zu einem persönlichen Kennenlernen an die TUM nach Garching ins Mathematik-Informatik-Gebäude ein, um Ihnen einen Einblick in den Ablauf des Studiums zu geben.
Der Prodekan unserer Fakultät und die Dozenten der Erstsemestervorlesungen begrüßen Sie.
Programming Course (MA8003)
The module "Einführung in die Programmierung" MA8003 will probably be held from
1 to 5 October 2018
(subject to change without notice)
Pre-course from 24 September to 4 October 2018
The Mathematics Pre-Course takes place from 24 September to 4 October on the campus in Garching. The subsequent additional module from 4 to 11 October is recommended for Bachelor students with their minor subject in Physics. The course is voluntary, but eases your entry into the degree program and is a good way to get to know future fellow students. Registration is possible from the middle of August onwards.
Furthermore we recommend participation in the Study Introduction Days. (SET) from 10 to 15 October.
Profile: The essentials for the bachelor’s program
Conditions of study
The bachelor's degree course in Mathematics at TUM is a full-time program. The standard duration of study is six semesters. A dual study program together with a position in business is not possible. The teaching language is German.
Commencing the degree program
The bachelor's program in Mathematics begins in the winter semester. If you would like to switch from another university to TUM, it is possible to do so in both the winter and the summer semesters.
The material from the lectures is revised, supplemented, and elaborated upon in small learning groups of around 15 students depending on demand and interest amongst participants.
Highlight: Case studies
Our bachelor's lecture series “Mathematical Modeling: Case Studies” enables you to acquire early insight into numerous exciting Collaborative Research Projects at the TUM Department of Mathematics.
Commencing your studies
You commence your program in Mathematics with introductory courses in “Analysis” as well as “Linear Algebra and Discrete Structures.” In the process, you acquire fundamental knowledge of methodology and theory. These topics provide the basis for all further mathematical modules in the program.
Beginning in the first semester, you will cover one of the following minors: Electrical Engineering, Informatics, Physics, or Economics. Upon registering for the examination you commit to your minor. In exceptional circumstances, the Examination Board for Mathematics can approve a special minor at TUM: We are happy to advise you.
Beginning in the third semester, you will cover elective modules from the comprehensive areas of abstract and applied mathematics. In the third academic year you specialize by choosing a specialty in the area of Abstract Mathematics, Mathematical Finance, Management and Mathematics, Mathematics in Science and Engineering, or Data Analysis.
Suggestions as to when you should choose which modules can be found in our overview, which is divided into semesters and also gives consideration to the choice of specialty in the previous academic year. The Module Path shows which modules build upon one another.
Two seminars are compulsory. In the second semester, you hold a short presentation in one of the Workshops and, in this way, learn to communicate mathematics to others. In the final year, you complete the Advanced Seminar. When making your selection here, please keep in mind that the topic frequently feeds directly into your bachelor’s thesis.
A four-week professional internship is integrated into the program. The accompanying Internship Seminar offers you the opportunity to inform yourself about suitable occupations and to discuss the experiences made during the professional internship. You can also use the Careers Service.
The area in which you acquire advanced knowledge during the degree course helps to make your choice of topic for your bachelor’s thesis. This is often based on the topic of the Advanced Seminar. Read everything you need to know about the bachelor’s thesis here.
Degree and Graduation Certificate
You have fulfilled all the requirements? Congratulations! Please confirm with Maria Präßl which achievements should appear on your bachelor's certificate. Please note: the date of completion for the degree program is the date of the last examination.
Bachelor – and then?
Once you have received your bachelor's degree then, regardless of your chosen specialty, you are very well prepared for one of the five mathematical master’s programs at TUM. Direct entry into professional life is also an option.
In order to study maths, you first and foremost need enthusiasm for the subject matter and to enjoy diving deeper into the topic. Are you ready for this? A small test:
- Mathematics has always been easy for me at school.
- When I look at a mathematical problem, I think about it for as along as it takes to find a solution – even if that means a long time.
- I often try out new things, I like thinking laterally and out-of-the-box.
- If asked what I particularly enjoyed about mathematics at school, at least two things immediately spring to mind. Tricky tasks in stochastics, for example, or proof of a geometric theorem such as the Pythagorean theorem.
- I like working in groups and can integrate well in a learning team.
At least three of the five points apply to you? Then you are well placed for a successful maths degree course.
Application and admission
All those who are interested are admitted as long as they have
- an appropriate Higher Education Entrance Qualification (e.g. Abitur) and
- submit all necessary documents in due form and in good time.
Secondly, full participation is required in the study orientation process.
Study orientation process
Unfortunately, inaccurate perceptions of the requirements and goals of a mathematics degree often lead to students breaking off their studies. It is therefore important to us that all those who opt to study at our department have first considered doing so in detail.
- submitting a mathematical essay (approximately one page in length) with the online application,
- submitting a letter of motivation (no more than one page) with the online application,
- in the event that we invite you to it, a personal orientation interview.
Application process: The way to a place on our degree program
For the winter semester: 15 May to 15 July
For the summer semester (only for lateral entry from the 2nd semester of enrollment in a current degree program): 15 November to 15 January
Application deadline and extended deadline
The online application and signed admissions application must without exception reach the TUM no later than the application deadline. The date of receipt is decisive.
In general, all further documents that are relevant to the admission process (school-leaving certificate, curriculum vitae, essay, and letter of motivation for the orientation process, as well as verification of language skills etc.) must have reached the TUM no later than the application deadline. An extended deadline of up to four weeks after the application deadline can be granted for these documents in the event that there are valid reasons for doing so. For example, if your school-leaving certificate is first made available to you after 15 July.
The arrival of documents in due form and in good time is verified by the Admissions and Enrollment Office without the involvement of individual TUM schools and departments. You should address any questions about this directly to the Service Desk of the Admissions and Enrollment Office.
In the mathematical essay, you should present a specific mathematical problem based on a set of circumstances of your own choosing. You should favor a topic that highlights scientific and conceptual aspects (as opposed to predominantly calculative and practical aspects), and which you could potentially revisit during higher education. We want to receive an impression of your understanding of “mathematics” and what sort of questions you expect to explore in your studies.
Below, you will find a list of example topics. Please be creative! Of course, we do not expect anything that goes beyond the material you covered at school. There are no limitations in mathematics; you do not need to ask for permission to pursue a specific theme. The essay is to be written in German.
Letter of Motivation
In the letter of motivation (maximum one page), you should cover why you have opted
- for the bachelor’s program in Mathematics and, in particular,
- at the TUM.
More specifically, you should convey your understanding of what a degree in mathematics is about. The following questions may help you:
On the grounds of which abilities, interests, or professional ambitions would you like to pursue a degree in mathematics? Why are you confident that you will be able to understand the scientific content of the degree program and independently handle the abstract questions that arise? Is there further information regarding your background that could be of relevance?
The letter of motivation is also to be written in German, the language of instruction in this program.
Assemble the documents required for your application at the earliest possible opportunity. You can complete major parts of the application process for the bachelor’s program in Mathematics at the TUM by using the platform TUMonline. For this purpose, an applicant’s account is required. You will find information regarding the online application here.
Please note that only one account is created; otherwise, it is not possible for the application to be sent. In principle, you can commence your online application as soon as your grades have been confirmed in full.
Please also be sure to use standard formats for your documents, ideally PDF.
When submitting queries concerning the VPD certificate (Preliminary Documentation by uni-assist), verification of language skills, and health insurance, please use only the contact details provided on the pages linked below.
DOCUMENTS RELEVANT TO ADMISSIONS (deadline: 15 July, cf. step 0)
|Valid higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur certificate)||Certified copy by post|
|Curriculum vitae (tabular, current, no gaps up to and including the point in time of your application)||Upload recommended, otherwise by post|
|Mathematical essay (see step 1)||Upload when completing the online application|
|Letter of motivation (see step 1)||Upload when completing the online application|
|Signed application for admission|
At the end of the online application (step 3), print and send by post
Uni-assist VPD certificate (where the secondary school certificate was issued abroad)
|Recognized verification of language skills (where applicants do not have a German-language secondary school certificate)|
|Where applicable, further documents (see Glossary of Documents)|
DOCUMENTS RELEVANT TO ENROLLMENT (cf. step 6)
|Health insurance verification||By post, take note of the information leaflet|
|Photo for the student card||Upload possible, otherwise by post|
|Copy of your ID card or passport||Upload possible, otherwise by post|
The online application process is explained on the web pages of the TUM Central Administration, with reference to both the German Abitur and international higher education entrance qualifications.
At the end of the online application process, you receive a checklist of all documents that still have to be submitted (there is a glossary that covers the individual types of document) as well as the application for admission.
Sign the application for admission and send it by post along with all the supporting documents listed in the checklist to the following address:
Technische Universität München
Admission and Enrollment Office
Please regularly check your applicant's account at TUMonline. There you will be notified of any missing or irregular documents. All messages will be sent to the e-mail address that you provided when creating your account. This applies to notifications of the completion of the orientation process or the invitation to an orientation interview. If you do not receive a message, please check your spam folder.
Why an orientation interview?
The orientation interview is intended to give both you and ourselves an impression of whether you can be expected to independently and responsibly achieve the aim of the degree program, which is geared towards the fundamentals of science, a focus that is typical of TUM in that it is theoretical and application-oriented in equal measure.
When and how will I be invited? When does it take place?
In the event that you are not invited to an interview, you are normally informed by e-mail a few days after we receive your application documents by mail. Close to the deadline, it may take a little longer.
In every case, when completing your online application you are asked to indicate your preferred dates for a possible interview, which we will take into consideration as far as possible. There is no entitlement to a specific date. The date specified is binding and you will be notified of it at least one week in advance. Postponement is only possible on the basis of reasonable grounds, such as due to proven illness.
All interviews take place between mid-June and mid-September. You should allow at least two to three weeks between your online application and your earliest preferred date.
What does an orientation interview involve?
The orientation interview lasts about 20 minutes. It is conducted in the presence of an experienced instructor (a professor or long-term member of the scientific staff) and, in addition, normally a member of the student body for mathematics or a (further) member of the scientific staff.
In the process, we attempt to find out together whether you display a well-founded basic understanding of mathematics beyond straightforward numeracy skills. The mathematical essay can serve as a key point of reference in this regard. Further, the interview covers ideas, expectations, and aims regarding the mathematics degree program, with particular attention paid to the pleasure you take in tackling abstract and application-oriented questions as well as to potential professional perspectives. It is therefore possible that the interview will complement the letter of motivation.
You will be notified of admission to the degree course in Mathematics by e-mail as soon as the Admissions and Enrollment Office has established that all application documents relevant to your admission have been received in due form and in good time, and we have a record of your full participation in the orientation process.
You must then accept the place on the degree program in your TUMonline-account. If you do not want to accept your place, please decline it; this will assist us with planning the courses offered in the first semester of the degree program.
Having accepted an offer of admission, you must pay the semester fees; how to do so is explained in your TUMonline account. Further, you must by now, at the latest, have provided us with all documents relevant to your enrollment (e.g. health insurance verification). Once both of these matters are dealt with, you are officially enrolled. You can then print out your student record from TUMonline and pick up your student ID a few days later from TUM.
We expressly advise against enrolling in two different degree programs at the beginning of your studies. One particular reason for this is to be found in the regulations concerning the maximum duration of studies at the TUM.
The Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at the TUM is a full-time program, which means that we expect an average workload of 40 hours per week. Even for outstanding students, parallel studies mean almost double the workload, since only a small portion of academic content in both degree programs can be recognized.
We therefore strongly recommend that you seek advice from us before embarking upon parallel studies, including about the alternatives to parallel studies. We also recommend just as strongly that you speak to the Student Advisory Office of your second discipline.
Simultaneous enrollment in two degree programs from the beginning is not normally required anyway, because most TUM examinations are open for registration to all TUM students and not only to those on a specific degree program.
If you are already enrolled at TUM and would like to embark on parallel studies, you must send an informal parallel studies application to the Admissions and Enrollment Office.
For students of mathematics at another institution of higher education
If you would like to speak about the compatibility of your accomplishments to date, prior to enrollment, you can contact Dr. Carl-Friedrich Kreiner. You are exempt from the study orientation process.
Subsequent to your online application, you will find the entry “Confirmation of semesters completed” on your document checklist. However, this confirmation can only be provided once you have provided us with details of all the examination requirements you have fulfilled to date. Once you meet the conditions, please contact Dr. Carl-Friedrich Kreiner. We will then pass the confirmation on directly to the Admissions and Enrollment Office.
For students of a subject other than mathematics
You do not have to observe any special conditions. You should apply for the 1st semester in the degree program. In order to make a successful lateral entry in the summer semester, you must provide proof of having fulfilled the examination requirements of our modules in the first semester (or the equivalent thereof).
If you have successfully completed another degree course and would like to commence a second degree program in Mathematics, it is possible that – after your enrollment – certain requirements that you have already fulfilled can be taken into account. Questions that arise prior to enrollment in this regard can be answered by Dr. Carl-Friedrich Kreiner, for those that arise after enrollment you can contact Maria Präßl or Dr. Kathrin Ruf.
My secondary school certificate is not from a German school, what must I take into consideration?
Please consult the central TUM information pages on the Higher Education Entrance Qualification. In most cases you have to request a VPD certificate (Preliminary Documentation by uni-assist), which confirms the equivalency of your secondary school certificate to a German secondary school-leaving certificate. Only graduates of German schools abroad are exempt from having to do so.
The application for the issuance of a VPD certificate on uni-assist must also be placed by 15 July.
In the event that, in spite of submitting certificates to uni-assist in good time, problems arise relating to the application deadline, please contact bsc-app (at) ma.tum.de.
I am to receive my certificate after 15 July, what should I do?
With regard to a deadline extension in the event that the certificate cannot be delivered prior to this deadline, please contact Uni-assist and the Service Desk at the Admissions and Enrollment Office.
Do I need verification of language skills?
If the language of instruction at your school was not German, you probably have to provide verification of language skills showing sufficient German language skills. According to the Ministry, this also applies even if your mother tongue is German and you have German citizenship.
My mother tongue is not German, what must I take into consideration?
If you have a secondary school-leaving certificate from a German-language school, you do not have to observe any special conditions.
If you do not have a secondary school-leaving certificate from a German-language school, then you must provide a verification of language skills. The list of language certificates recognized for this purpose can be found here.
Tips on creating your timetable
The timetables at TUMonline, as well as the academic content for each semester are only suggestions. Depending on your personal study situation, you should therefore adapt these suggestions to your individual needs, particularly after a change in degree program, in the event of falling behind in terms of academic progress, a scheduled stay abroad etc.
Please note the following information
- Mathematics teaching sessions for the bachelor's program have priority over other subjects.
- Within the mathematics program: first Required Modules, then Courses in Abstract Mathematics and Courses in Applied Mathematics, then Advanced Courses, Extradisciplinary Courses and further teaching sessions.
- Please note the requirements for each module. You will find these in the TUM Department’s Module Catalog (linked to via each module in your Curriculum) and in graphic form in the Module Path.
- Unfulfilled requirements from previous semesters of enrollment in your current degree program? Are these necessary for successfully completing your bachelor’s program in Mathematics? Then these have priority.
- Long-term planning over several semesters makes sense, especially if you envisage a stay abroad or an extended professional internship.
- Additional teaching sessions can still enhance your profile even if they cannot contribute to your degree according to the Academic and Examination Regulations. However, do not neglect your bachelor's program in Mathematics as a result.
Am I doing the right thing?
If in doubt, Kathrin Ruf will be happy to go through your timetable with you.
Bachelor’s Thesis: From planning to submission
In order to successfully complete a bachelor's degree program at the TUM Department of Mathematics, students must write a scientific work: the bachelor’s thesis. Here, you will find an overview of everything you need to know about the bachelor’s thesis, from planning to submission.
For questions relating to the scientific content of your bachelor’s thesis, please contact your thesis supervisor or co-supervisor.
When to start
Do you have at least 8 credits in Advanced Courses? Then it is the right moment to commence your bachelor’s thesis. By the eighth semester of enrollment in your current degree program, at the latest, you must commence your thesis as long as there are no reasonable grounds preventing you from doing so in accordance with section 10 (6) of the APSO.
You have three months in which to complete your bachelor’s thesis. This period begins on the date of registration.
Choice of topic
In order to reduce the time needed to familiarize yourself with the topic, it is recommended to choose a topic for your bachelor's thesis which corresponds to the theme of the Advanced Seminar taken.
Examiner and assessment
The bachelor’s thesis must be evaluated by someone who is authorized to do so (thesis supervisor as defined in the APSO) at the TUM Department of Mathematics. You will find an overview of all such persons in the list below. It is the written work that is assessed. The talk you give concerning the content does not affect the grading.
Registration: When and where?
It is possible to register your bachelor’s thesis on the 1st and 15th of each month.
Registration: Which documents?
In addition to the Registration Form, you must also sign and submit the Route Card for the Diploma Supplement of the TUM Department of Mathematics. Please also submit the Route Card even if no activities are supposed to be incorporated.
Note: The Diploma Supplement is an English-language supplement to the university diploma and describes the qualifications linked to the study program. Under the heading “Additional Information” in this document, you can request the incorporation of specific details of extracurricular activities completed within the framework of your degree course.
Contact: Please submit your documents for registration to Maria Präßl.
The bachelor’s thesis should not exceed 35 sides.
Language and abstract
The work can be written in the German and English language. It must be prefaced by an abstract in the other language, not the one in which it is written.
Cover page and page 1
Here you indicate the topic of the work as well as your name and that of the supervisor. In addition, you indicate the date of submission.
Here you make the following declaration:
“I hereby declare that this thesis is my own work and that no other sources have been used except those clearly indicated and referenced.” (Place, date, signature)
Changing the title
Please write an e-mail containing the new thesis title to bachelor (at) ma.tum.de and copy in your co-supervisor and supervisor.
The bachelor’s thesis is to be submitted in bound form (adhesive binding).
Number of copies
You must submit two identical, signed copies of your bachelor’s thesis. You submit one signed copy to the thesis supervisor (for grading) and the second copy to Maria Präßl (to be archived). You do not receive confirmation of submission.
Should the submission date fall on a weekend or a public holiday, submission on the subsequent workday is also possible. Theses can of course also be submitted prior to the planned submission date.
In the event that you need more time to work on your thesis, you must submit an application for an extension at least seven days prior to the planned submission date. In the event of a second extension, the Chair of the Examination Board must sign the application in addition to the thesis supervisor.
The typesetting system LaTeX is the standard program worldwide for the compilation of theses that contain mathematical formulas. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with LaTeX as early as possible during the course of your studies. It is a good exercise to prepare sheets for seminar presentations using LaTeX.
You can find further information, templates and helpful advice on our LaTeX info page.
Thesis templates for LaTeX
LaTeX-Vorlagen für die Abschlussarbeit
The TUM Library does not only offer outstanding access to all manner of books, newspapers, and electronic media, it also offers courses on, by way of example, bibliographical research and how to correctly cite works.
Please also note subject-specific practices when citing works.
Further seminar papers and tools specific to mathematics
For licensing and contractual reasons, some of these databases are only accessible via domains belonging to the TUM Departments of Mathematics and/or Informatics. Please address queries where applicable to your supervisor or the TUM Library:
MathSciNet – Mathematical reviews on the web
The English Writing Center offers all TUM members free one-to-one advice on writing English texts and helps you to enhance your writing skills.
You can print your thesis at the computer room. Contact your supervisor to receive a sufficient print quota.