The Master's program in Technomathematics provides graduates with the expertise needed for a challenging career in industry and business or in public service. Many technical processes are not initially implemented in practice, but rather simulated in computers. For example, in order to find out how long a component can withstand mechanical loads and when it will first start to crack, it is not necessary to perform destructive testing of the actual, often expensive components; instead, the answers sought are obtained through models and simulations. Here, technomathematicians take part in intelligent product development, for example by creating and optimizing complex simulations. Furthermore, the Master's program qualifies graduates to pursue a doctoral degree in Mathematics or an applied subject.
The Master's program in Technomathematics spans four semesters and primarily serves to deepen the student's mastery of the theoretical foundations of applied mathematics. Compared to the Bachelor's program, the process in the focus area is characterized by significantly greater freedom of choice. During three semesters, students attend lectures and seminars in applied and pure mathematics and carry out a Master's project in Technomathematics.
Along with mathematics, a minor subject in technology or natural sciences is studied; this minor subject is continued in the Master's program by completing advanced modules in the chosen subject.
In the fourth semester, a Master's thesis (six months) is completed.
Prerequisite for the Master's program in Technomathematics is a Bachelor's degree in Technomathematics or Mathematics with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, or a comparable degree in a program of at least six semesters. Comparability is generally recognized when the applicant has obtained 100 credits in the field of mathematics and 20 credits from one of the following secondary subjects: structural mechanics and statics, chemistry, electrical engineering and information technology, physics, technical mechanics.
Technomathematicians are employed in industrial and research sectors where development work is carried out by means of computer-aided simulation, which replaces more costly experimental studies. This includes nearly all branches of production (mechanical engineering, the automobile industry, electrical engineering), logistics, and software development. Like other professional mathematicians, they also often work in management consulting, in public service, and at universities and research institutes. The demand for technomathematicians can be described as expansive, making the prospects for employment very good.
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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”.