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Key facts
Bachelor of Arts
Supplement to degree
minor in a multi-subject bachelor’s programme
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 266,10
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Application & Deadlines

Content of the study programme

Many aspects of today’s everyday life can only be understood with a certain knowledge of mathematics. As a student of Mathematics as a minor, you will not so much study facts, but rather a way of thinking and solving problems. Nowadays, these analytical skills are welcome in numerous industries and business sectors—for example, in banks and insurance companies, industry, commerce and, of course, research and development facilities.

When you study Mathematics as a minor, you will receive basic training in mathematics. In addition, we offer a wide variety of application-oriented scientific fields that encourage connections and links to the chosen major subject and facilitate a deeper immersion into your chosen area of specialization. The study programme teaches exact mathematical thinking, the ability to consider something in the abstract, the understanding of problems, and the use of precise means of expression. This way, you will acquire the necessary skills for multidisciplinary work in various academic fields of work. For students with a major subject in the humanities or social sciences, the courses offered for the minor subject include the following focal points:

  • basic training in theoretical and practical mathematics
  • modelling
  • use of computers and handling computer technology
  • use of the computer as an aid in solving mathematical questions


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The bachelor's degree is the first professional qualification. The standard period of study is six semesters, during which various forms of courses (e.g. seminars, lectures or exercises) are offered for the individual modules.

A multi-subject bachelor’s programme consists of a major subject with 120 credit points (CP for short; 1 CP = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations) and a minor subject with 60 CP.

At the beginning of the study programme, you will be taught the basic knowledge. Building on this, you can set your own focal points from the fourth semester onwards. You can combine the minor subject ‘Mathematics’ with all major subjects offered at the University of Jena.

How might your study programme shape up?

This table is an example of how the minor subject ‘Mathematics could be structured:

Semester Modules
  • Element of Mathematics (7 CP)
  • Analysis 1 (7 CP)
  • Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry 1 (9 CP)
  • Practical course Matlab (3 CP)
  • Elementary Methods of Numerics (6 CP)
  • Required elective module*
  • Stochastics (7 CP)
  • Required elective module*
  • Required elective module*

Abbreviations: CP = credit points

* In the area of required elective modules, you have to take modules worth 21 credit points. These include, for example, Scientific Computing, Structural Programming, or Discrete Modelling.

More detailed information can be found in the module catalogue for the study programme [in German].

Why study in Jena?

  • Optimum support: Lectures are delivered in front of small groups of students. This gives you the opportunity to come into direct contact with lecturers and also creates space for individual discussions and a family-like atmosphere.
  • Excellent research: Priority areas include ‘complex systems’ as a University project, topics from analysis, stochastics, algebra and geometry, as well as gravitational-wave astronomy.
  • Award-winning introductory phase of studies: In the first semesters, we support our students in many ways with the help of a concept consisting of classroom exercises in all courses, individual support in the ‘MatheCafé’ and the annual exam preparation weekend.
  • Possibilities without borders: Experience internationality! The University attracts students and scientists from all over the world with its appealing conditions and shapes Jena's character as a future-oriented and cosmopolitan city — ideal conditions for international prospective students [mp4, 55 mb].
  • Adventure abroad: If you dream of spending a semester abroad, you can easily make it come true. Our University has a worldwide network of partner universities.

Behind the scenes

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science is located in the heart of the city—directly on campus at Ernst-Abbe-Platz 2.

What can you do after your studies?

Areas of employment for graduates

Mathematics as a minor broadens your qualification profile for many professional fields of activity—for example by providing you with confidence in dealing with numbers, an understanding of formal systems, sound knowledge of statistics, as well as the modelling and structuring of problems. These skills are a clear benefit for graduates from major subject such as German Studies de, Educational Science de and Sociology de.

What are the personal requirements?

  • taking delight in exact thinking
  • willingness to work with formal systems
  • familiarity with computers

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification Expand entry

A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

Language requirements Expand entry

Admission and language requirements for applicants of foreign nationality and without German Abitur:


Subject-specific academic advisor — apl. Prof. Dr Christian Richter
Examinations Office of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Tutor — Helen Würflein
Student Representative Committee Mathematics
Central Student Advisory Service
Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person, via video chat or telephone. Appointments can be made by phone or via service desk.

Consultation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 12:20, Tuesday 14:00 to 18:00 and on Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday to Friday 12.30 to 13:00
Videochat Passwort
Student Service Centre
Opening hours:
Monday 10 - 12
Tuesday 13 - 15
Wednesday 10 - 12
Thursday 13 - 15
Friday 10 - 12

Updates / adjustments may occur at any time. Thank you for your understanding!

We currently provide advice and handle your concern solely also via phone and service desk.

You can reach us by phone
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 11:00
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
07737 Jena
International Office - International students
University Main Building
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena