International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Science in Computational Mathematics MSc Computational Mathematics

University of Passau • Passau

Master of Science in Computational Mathematics
Teaching language
  • English

All modules are taught in English (100%). The Language Centre offers a wide range of language courses (in 14 different languages) free of charge to enrolled students.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
The programme starts in April and October each year.
Application deadline

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the deadlines have been changed. Please visit for the correct application deadlines.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

In addition to being a science in its own right, mathematics plays a fundamental role in the quantitative areas of practically all other academic disciplines, particularly in the natural sciences, engineering, business administration, economics, medicine and psychology. Mathematical results permeate nearly all facets of life and are a necessary prerequisite for the vast majority of modern technologies – and as our IT systems become increasingly powerful, we are able to mathematically handle enormous amounts of data and solve ever more complex problems.

Special emphasis is placed on developing the students' ability to formalise given problems in a way that facilitates algorithmic processing. Also, they are enabled to choose or develop, and subsequently apply, suitable algorithms to solve problems in an appropriate manner. The degree programme is theoretical in its orientation, with strongly application-oriented components. Studying this programme, you can gain advanced knowledge in the mathematical areas of cryptography, computer algebra, algorithmic algebra and geometry, image and signals processing, statistics and stochastic simulation, dynamical systems and control theory as well as expert knowledge in computer science fields such as data management, machine learning and data mining.

Furthermore, you will have the chance to learn how to apply your knowledge to tackle problems in areas as diverse as marketing, predictive analytics, computational finance, digital humanities, IT security and robotics.

Course organisation

The core modules consist of two mathematics seminars and the presentation of your Master's thesis.

The compulsory elective modules are divided into eight module groups:

  1. Algebra, Geometry and Cryptography
    This module group imparts advanced results in the areas of algebra and geometry, which constitute the foundation for algorithmic calculations, particularly in cryptography, but also in many other mathematical areas.
  2. Mathematical Logic and Discrete Mathematics
    The theoretical possibilities and limitations of algorithm-based solutions are treated in this module group.
  3. Analysis, Numerics and Approximation Theory
    Methods from the fields of mathematical analysis, applied harmonic analysis and approximation theory for modelling and approximating continuous and discrete data and systems as well as efficient numerical implementation and evaluation of these methods are the scope of this module group.
  4. Dynamical Systems and Optimisation
    Dynamical systems theory deals with the description of change over time. This module group is concerned with methods used for the modelling, analysis, optimisation and design of dynamical systems as well as the numerical implementation of such techniques.
  5. Stochastics, Statistics
    This module group deals with methods for modelling and analysing complex random phenomena as well as the construction, analysis and optimisation of stochastic algorithms and techniques used in statistical data analysis.
  6. Data Analysis and Data Management and Programming
    This module group examines the core methods used in computer science for the analysis of data of heterogeneous modalities (e.g., multimedia data, social networks and sensor data) and for the realisation of data analysis systems.
  7. Applications
    In this module group, you will practise applying the mathematical methods learned in module groups 1 to 6 to real-world applications such as marketing, predictive analytics and computational finance.
  8. Key Competencies and Language Training
    In this module group, you will choose seminars that develop your non-subject-specific skills, such as public speaking and academic writing and other soft skills. You may also participate in internships. This will serve to complement your technical expertise gained during your degree studies and will help to prepare you for your professional life after the university.

Your performance throughout the programme is evaluated by way of module assessments. In order to obtain the degree, you must pass a certain number of prescribed modules. However, you will be given the freedom to decide at which point in your degree programme you wish to complete specific modules.
This also means that you need to rely on your organisational skills, as you will have to put together your own timetable every semester, avoiding scheduling conflicts between modules that may be administered by different faculties. Nonetheless, the student committees and other units of the university will be on hand to advise you on timetabling issues and module selections.

Types of assessment

Courses and seminars operate on the assumption that students will do a good deal of preparation and follow-up work outside the classroom, with support from the respective lecturers but nevertheless conducted independently.

Modules are assessed during or at the end of each semester. European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits are awarded when the respective module has been passed and the required coursework submitted. Assessments and coursework are usually graded. The forms of assessment include written and oral examinations, student presentations and written reports, essays and papers or a combination of the above. A Master's thesis must be written as part of the programme.

The final grade for the programme is the average mark of all graded modules.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Study trips
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
Integrated internships

There is no formal internship requirement for this degree programme. Nevertheless, we recommend that you go to the effort of completing one or more voluntary internships as you study towards your degree.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • MOOCs
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Video learning
  • Blogs
  • Chats with lecturers
Description of e-learning elements

The university uses ILIAS, a platform that provides a web-based e-learning functionality. Lecturers can decide on a course-by-course basis whether to offer the e-learning functionality, which is used to varying degrees throughout the university.

Furthermore, the university is a member of BVU – the Bavarian Virtual University. As this is a joint project among Bavarian universities, students enrolled at the University of Passau have access to the BVU's vast offering of online courses (MOOCs).

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
The semester contribution fee is 72 EUR per semester. This covers the student services association and bus pass fees.
Costs of living
You should budget for a minimum of 720 EUR per month for accommodation, food, transport and other activities. However, this sum does not yet include your health insurance contributions! If you need a visa to come to Germany, this is the amount you must have available to you (e.g., paid into a blocked account) for each month. Nevertheless, your actual cost of living will vary depending on your lifestyle, and so you should treat this figure as an absolute minimum.
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Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
The International Office awards a small number of scholarships to international degree-seeking students who have been enrolled in a Bachelor's programme for at least two semesters or in a Master's programme for at least one semester.
You may also apply for a Deutschlandstipendium scholarship, which is open to students of all nationalities. This scholarship has a stipend of 300 EUR per month and runs for one year. You may re-apply in subsequent years.
Finally, there is a one-off emergency hardship grant available to international students in exceptional cases of unexpected financial difficulties.
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Academic admission requirements

You are eligible for this degree programme if you have an undergraduate university degree in mathematics or a closely related degree with a mathematics component of at least 110 ECTS credits and a final grade of 2.7 (German grading system) or the equivalent grade in a foreign grading system. Applicants who have not attained this minimum grade may still apply if they are among the best 70% of graduates of their cohort.

Language requirements

Unless English was the language of instruction of your prior university or secondary education, you should provide a language certificate at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Similarly, unless German was the language of instruction of your prior university or secondary education, you should provide proof of German language skills at level A1 CEFR (i.e., introductory level). If you do not have German language skills at the time of application or enrolment, you will complete a compulsory, free-of-charge German language course during the first two semesters of the programme.

Application deadline

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the deadlines have been changed. Please visit for the correct application deadlines.

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

For international students, a dedicated career adviser is on hand: the "iStudi Coach" will help you with all your questions about finding work or placements in Germany.

Please note that students from non-EU countries must apply for a work permit at the national job centre if they work more than 240 half-days per year. Students from EU member countries do not require a work permit.


The International Office has set up an accommodation service for international students. We have a number of rooms available in our halls of residence as well as several private flats which are available for rent to exchange students. Some are within walking distance to the university, others are more conveniently reached by bike, bus or car, but always in less than thirty minutes.

The International Office can arrange your accommodation for one semester or a full academic year. Rooms in our halls of residence cost between 200 EUR and 400 EUR per month and are fully furnished. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are usually shared, although some rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities.

On average, a room on the open housing market costs in the vicinity of 200 EUR to 400 EUR a month. Landlords usually require a two-month or three-month deposit when you move in, which will be returned to you at the end of the rental period, provided you leave your accommodation in good condition. Many students share a flat with other students.

Career advisory service

The university provides advice on job hunting, jobs and career-entry positions at German and international companies, here and abroad. These include personal interviews and advice, training courses on how to apply as well as intercultural and soft skills training.

International students have access to a dedicated career adviser – the "iStudi Coach" – who helps students find internships and apply for student jobs and career-entry positions at German companies. The iStudi Coach also coaches international students on German labour market practices, how to write applications, and so on.

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Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters

University of Passau

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The University of Passau

Some 13,000 students from more than 100 countries are currently studying towards their degrees on our bright, modern campus next to the Inn River and a stone's throw from the town centre and the historical Old Town.

The four faculties of the University offer degrees at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels. Currently, five Master’s programmes – MSc Computational Mathematics, MSc Computer Science, MA Development Studies, MSc International Economics and Business and MSc Mobile and Embedded Systems – can be studied entirely in English.

A cosmopolitan university

No other Bavarian university has more of its students spending part of their programme abroad – to study, conduct research or gain work experience – than the University of Passau.

The range and depth of language tuition offered by our Language Centre probably has a role to play in this. Another reason is that our programmes are very international in their outlook – and with more than 200 international partner universities to choose from, it is difficult not to be tempted to go abroad for a semester or two or even to complete one of our 20 double degree programmes offered in co-operation with our global partner universities.

An unparalleled student experience

Passau’s students benefit from a good staff-to-student ratio and from studying on an urban campus of manageable size that is located very close to the town centre.

The facilities on campus are of a high standard: There are bright, sunny seminar rooms, lecture theatres equipped with the latest technology, numerous computer rooms, Wi-Fi access exists throughout the campus, and our well-stocked university library stays open until midnight on most days.

Student satisfaction at the University of Passau is particularly high and our sought-after graduates typically occupy executive posts in business, social, and academic organisations in Germany, Europe, and indeed all over the world.

Student life

Throughout the semester, there are plenty of events of all sorts on campus and around town, often organised by our very active student societies. The Sports Centre has some 40 sports clubs, including acrobatics, climbing, rowing and yoga.

28% International students currently studying MSc Computational Mathematics
236 Partnerships with universities throughout the world

University location

An ideal student town

Passau is situated near the Bavarian Forest at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, and it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. After two fires that destroyed much of the town in the 17th century, the Old Town was rebuilt in the baroque style by Italian master builders, which is why you will notice a distinct Italian flair as you stroll through "Bavarian Venice", another name by which Passau is known.

With students accounting for one-quarter of its population, Passau is very much a student town with many galleries, art studios, bars, cafés, clubs and, of course, beer gardens; naturally, there is a modern multiplex cinema. A shopping centre and the nearby pedestrian zone offer a lot of excellent eateries and shops, just a short five-minute walk from campus.

Passau is home to a number of cultural institutions, such as the theatre and the "Scharfrichterhaus" – a restaurant, cinema and political cabaret/stand-up stage where many of Germany’s most popular contemporary comedians started out. Both have productions and acts running throughout the year.

In addition to this, Passau plays host to numerous annual cultural events, including "Europäische Wochen Passau" – a cultural festival which brings international symphonic orchestras, classical ensembles, theatre companies and artists to Passau for about six weeks every year; the Eulenspiegel Festival with predominantly German comedy acts and rock bands; two Oktoberfest-style festivals in spring and autumn; and no list of festivals would be complete without the traditional Christmas Market in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral every December. Incidentally, did you know that St. Stephen's has the world's largest cathedral organ?

Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted at the many opportunities for hiking, climbing, cycling, and alpine and cross-country skiing in the nearby Bavarian Forest. Additionally, Passau is not far from the Austrian and Bavarian Alps, with their famous skiing areas as well as their mountain biking and hiking trails.