Structure of the Master's programme

Altogether 120 credits (abbreviated C) have to be successfully completed during four semesters, so ca. 30 C per semester.

The 120 C divide as follows:


  • 60 C from lectures, seminars and practical courses of mathematics
  • 30 C minor subject and key competencies
  • 30 C Master's thesis


One of the four fields of study that you can see in the right column is chosen. In this field of study, the Master's thesis is written. The courses of the Master's programme are organised in a special cycle structure. A lecture cycle normally consists at least of


  • Introduction to the cycle ... (is being taught in the winter semester)
  • Advances in the cycle ... (is being taught in the ensuing summer semester)
  • Specialisation of the cycle ... (etc.)


and covers a mathematical topic very intensively. The possible cycles and their assignment to the fields of study can be found in the right column.

The cycles usually start in the winter semester, occasionally they can start in the summer semester. Not every cycle is offered in each year. A cycle lecture usually consists of two lecture sessions and one excercise session per week, and earns 9 credit points. Additionally to the cycles there are lectures and seminars for less credit points (usually 3) in other topics.

The content of the classes offered in the Master's depends on the research interests of the professors. A list of the professors and their research interests can be found here:



In the course catalog you can find the classes that are currently offered, and that have been offered in the past



In Göttingen students choose between three research-oriented study tracks (on the right) during the Master's programme in mathematics: general, mathematical economics and physics. Furthermore, mathematics in Göttingen is combined with a minor subject.