Master's Mathematics in Bioscience
Are you fascinated by how mathematical formulas can be used to describe processes in body cells? Do you find mathematics per se exciting, precisely because it can be applied in such an unbelievably interdisciplinary manner? If you want to get started in health economics, medicine, environment, biology, or agricultural sciences, you will learn everything you need to know in Mathematics in Bioscience for quantitative research and an interdisciplinary way of thinking through solutions. After successfully completing your degree, doors will open for you in private enterprise as well as at insurance companies or public authorities. And if you are interested in subsequently pursuing a PhD in the life sciences, then will you find better opportunities in Munich than anywhere else in Germany.
Major fields of study
Mathematics and statistics in the life sciences are the core areas in the most interdisciplinary of master’s programs, that in Mathematics in Bioscience. It is here that students combine knowledge of applied mathematics, informatics, and the life sciences. The academic content comprises mathematical, numerical, and statistical methods and models. In accordance with their interests, students can attend additional seminars at further institutes:
- TUM Life Sciences: biotechnology, food technology, beverage technology, climate research ecology, molecular biology, forestry sciences, plant breeding.
- TUM Physics: biomedical physics and nanotechnology
- TUM Informatics: bioinformatics and biomedical computing
- TUM Mechanical Engineering: medicine technology and systems technology
- TUM MRI: all areas of medicine, particularly cancer and cardiovascular research
- Helmholtz-Zentrum München: diabetes, allergy and asthma research, genomics and high-throughput technologies
As a result, students acquire the basis for later interdisciplinary work with biologists, medics, pharmacists, and biochemists.
Profile: The essentials for the master’s program
The Mathematics in Bioscience master’s program is full time. The standard duration of study is four semesters.
Language of instruction
The Mathematics in Bioscience master's can be pursued exclusively in English. Certain teaching sessions are held in German.
The Mathematics in Bioscience program is highly interdisciplinary and shaped by partnerships with the following institutes: TUM Life Sciences, TUM Physics, TUM Informatics, TUM Mechanical Engineering, TUM MRI and the Helmholtz-Zentrum München.
The life sciences offer a huge range of topics for selection as a minor. Biology, Biophysics, Epidemiology or Medical Imaging are all, by way of example, possible. In consultation with the student academic advisor, a special minor can also be completed.
The Advanced Seminar is one of the compulsory requirements. Please be sure to note that, when selecting a seminar, permission to commence the thesis is dependent in some departments upon you having successfully completed the Advanced Seminar.
Students create their own individual curriculum. Possible options include Multivariate Statistics, Applied Regression, Partial Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, General Linear Models, but also Time Series Analysis.
Students will find an overview of all modules relevant to the master’s program, as well as along with associated times and locations, in the department’s module catalog at TUMonline. Here you can create your own timetable and save it digitally.
The area in which you acquire advanced knowledge during the degree program informs your choice of topic for your master's thesis. Read everything you need to know about the master’s thesis here.
Master’s – then what?
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Academic and Examination Regulations
All students must note the general information concerning examinations as well as the current program-specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO).
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 experience you acquired during the internship.
Master’s thesis: From planning to submission
In order to successfully complete a master’s program at the TUM Department of Mathematics, students must write a scientific thesis: the master’s thesis. Everything you need to know about the master’s thesis, from planning to submission, can be found here in overview.
For questions relating to the content of your master’s thesis, please contact your thesis supervisor as defined in the General Academic and Examination Regulations (APSO) or the Student Advisory Office responsible.
You have six months to complete your master’s thesis. This period begins on the date of registration. You normally complete the master’s thesis in the fourth semester of your master’s program, after you have fulfilled all other academic and exam requirements.
Examiners and assessment
The master’s thesis must be approved and 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 following list:
Registration: When and where?
It is possible to register your master’s thesis on the 1st and 15th of each month (though not retrospectively). Please submit the registration form signed by your thesis supervisor at the Infopoint Mathematics.
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. Please do not forget to provide a German and an English title for your thesis – both will appear on your transcript of records.
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.
The thesis can be written in the German or English language.
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)
Change of title
Please write an e-mail containing the new thesis title to master(at)ma.tum.de and copy in your co-supervisor and your supervisor.
The master’s thesis is to be submitted in bound form (adhesive binding). On the spine of your master’s thesis, please indicate your first name and surname and the short title of the thesis.
Number of copies
You must submit two identical, signed copies of your master’s thesis. You submit one signed copy to the thesis supervisor (for grading) and the second copy at the Infopoint Mathematics (to be archived). If in addition to the thesis supervisor you had further co-supervisors, you should arrange for each of these to receive a copy, too. 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 at the Infopoint Mathematics for an extension, at least seven days prior to the planned submission date. This application must have been signed by your thesis supervisor. In the event of a second extension, the Chair of the Examination Board must sign the application as well as 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.
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.