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Mathematics

How can everyday problems be translated into the language of Mathematics? How to best detect hidden patterns? And how do I create a forecasting model for individual economic sectors? If you find these questions interesting, you have come to the right place!
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Key facts
Degree
Bachelor of Science
Duration
6 Semesters
Credits/ECTS
180
Teaching language
German
Tuition fee
None
Semester contribution
€ 266,10
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Yes
Application & Deadlines

Content of the study programme

There are many ways to become a millionaire—one of them even involves mathematics. There are six ‘millennium problems’ still waiting to be solved by a particularly clever mind. The Clay Mathematics Institute will award one million US dollars to whoever succeeds. Well, if that is not motivation enough! But before cracking big unsolved puzzles, you need a solid foundation. In the Bachelors programme, you will study the basics of modern mathematics and you will acquire skills and competencies in the methodologies of applied mathematics as well as in computer-generated simulation, mathematical software, and programming. This is the foundation for later specializations in pure or applied mathematics, and is later complemented by a selection of minor subjects.

Many—and in fact not only technical—parts of today’s day-to-day life can only be understood with a certain knowledge of mathematics. As a student of mathematics, you will not so much study facts, but rather a way of thinking and solving problems. Here is a big difference to school mathematics! It is not so much about juggling numbers and transferring calculations to different problems, but much more about finding your own solutions and setting up proofs. You don’t mind spending several hours poring over an equation? On the contrary—you are excited about finding the solution? Then the study programme Mathematics is the right choice for you.

Structure

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 practical courses) are offered for the individual modules.

If you take a single-subject bachelor’s programme in ‘Mathematics, your field of study will comprise 180 credit points (CP for short; 1 CP = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations).

In the first three semesters, you will learn the basics of mathematics. From the fourth semester, you have the opportunity to set your own focus in the required elective area.

By the way: We organize a bridging course in mathematics to prepare you for your studies and strongly recommend all students to participate.

How might your study programme shape up?

This table is an example of how your studies in ‘Mathematics’ could be structured:

1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester 4th semester 5th semester 6th semester
Analysis 1
(9 CP)
Analysis 2
(9 CP)
Proseminar
(3 CP)
Statistical Methods
(6 CP)
Bachelor thesis
(12 CP)
Algebra/Geometry 1
(9 CP)
Algebra/Geometry 2
(9 CP)
Measure Theory
(6 CP)
Methods of Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing in Practice
(3 CP)
 
  Introduction to Relativity Theory and Statistics (6 CP) Introduction to Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
(9 CP)
                              
Programming
(3 CP)
Required elective area: Modules Pure Mathematic
(minimum 18 CP), Applied Mathematics /Stochastics (minimum 9 CP)
(48 CP in total)
    Required elective area: Modules Specialization1 (15 CP),
Seminar (3 CP)
Minor subject and interdisciplinary content (general key qualification): Minor subject2 (minimum 15 CP) and general key qualification (minimum 6 CP)
(30 CP in total)

Abbreviations: CP = credit points

1 In the area of specialization, you can take modules from the fields of Algebra, Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Optimization, Stochastics, Scientific Computing, Algorithmics / Theoretical Computer Science

2 Application-oriented subjects include Computer Science, Linguistics with a focus on Computational Linguistics / Speech Technology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Medical Data Science and Economics.

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

Why study in Jena?

What makes studying Mathematics in Jena special for me is the freedom to deepen one’s knowledge in a wide variety of topics from the very semester and to learn new things according to one’s own interest. The city is as diverse as the study programme: You can hike on the limestone cliffs, listen to classical music by the Philharmonic Orchestra, or enjoy an evening in a bar with friends.

Helen Würflein, Mathematics student

  • 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 student [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

Fakultätsgebäude
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?

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Areas of employment for graduates

  • business (industry, banks, insurance companies, consulting agencies, IT service providers)
  • administration, research and teaching at higher education institutions (with a master’s or doctoral degree)
  • data processing (software development, project planning, system consulting, database administration)
  • product development (modelling or simulation of complex projects, mathematization of problems, optimization of production processes)
  • management (planning, warehousing, quality assurance, market research, business consulting and business statistics)

Postgraduate master’s programmes at our University

Master of Science
Master of Science
Master of Science
Master of Science
Master of Science
Master of Science

What are the personal requirements?

  • understanding of mathematical thinking
  • interest in solving problems with a logically structured approach
  • enthusiasm for mathematics as an intellectual challenge
  • good computer skills
  • enjoying the exactness of mathematical expression

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: www.uni-jena.de/en/study-orientation-international

Contacts

Subject-specific academic advisor — apl. Prof. Dr Christian Richter
Examinations Office of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Opening hours:
siehe Homepage Prüfungsamt
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik
Studien- und Prüfungsamt
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 2
07743 Jena
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
ZSB2020
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
Studierenden-Service-Zentrum
07737 Jena
International Office - International students
University Main Building
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena