The Master’s program in Mathematics provides the technical preparation needed for a challenging job in business and industry or in public service. Graduates are able to develop and implement procedures for solving practical problems using mathematical methods while taking economic requirements into account. Furthermore, the Master’s degree is the prerequisite for a doctoral qualification in Mathematics or in an application area.
The Master’s program is characterized by much greater freedom of choice than is offered in the Bachelor’s program. During three semesters, students attend lectures and seminars in pure and applied mathematics. The Bachelor’s program in mathematics includes the study of a minor subject related to mathematics; in the Master’s program, each student completes advanced modules from the minor subject he or she has studied.
A Master’s thesis (six months) is completed in the fourth semester.
Prerequisite for enrollment in the Master’s program in Mathematics is a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Technomathematics with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, or a comparable degree from a program of at least six semesters. Comparability is generally granted when the applicant has earned 100 credits from the field of mathematics and 20 credits from one of the minor subject areas: structural mechanics and statics, chemistry, electrical engineering and information technology, computer science, physics, statistics, technical mechanics, or economics.
The professional field of mathematicians is largely industry-independent and is constantly expanding. Core areas can be found in service-sector businesses such as IT, credit, insurance, and finance, in management consulting, in public service, and at universities and research institutions. Companies in areas such as medicine, chemistry, logistics, and manufacturing are also increasingly employing mathematicians.
The professional practice of mathematicians requires the ability to structure tasks that arise in the most diverse areas, translate them into mathematical problems (modeling, mathematization), provide mathematical or numerical solutions, and ultimately translate and interpret the results in the language of the user.
Thanks to the broad range of application areas, the job prospects are very good.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.