Course of studies
The master’s program usually takes four semesters. It consists of your two main subjects, didactics and the accompanying studies in educational science. As in the Bachelor’s program, there is a mix of compulsory and elective courses.
In principle, you can decide for yourself when you want to take which subjects. However, it is advisable to check the mid-term course catalog on the Dean’s Office website at the beginning of your studies to see when certain modules are offered, since not all are provided annually.
In the module catalog, you can find an overview of all subjects that are offered. Here you can also find out which subjects are compulsory and which subjects can be taken additionally.
The school internship lasts for twelve weeks and starts after the summer vacation and ends at the end of December at the latest. It is therefore usually completed in the second or third semester, depending on the start of the Master’s program.
During the internship, you should try to gain as much practical experience as possible and try out as much as your school lets you. After all, it is the last opportunity to find out whether the teaching profession suits you before you complete your education with the Referendariat.
The internship can be completed at general secondary schools and vocational schools, as well as abroad if possible. For more information, please refer to the study guide. The only exception is the school where you obtained your general matriculation standard or schools attended by close relatives.
You must register for the school internship semester independently via the online platform maintained by the school administration.
You have the possibility to spend one or two semesters at one of our many partner universities. A stay abroad is not obligatory. The work you do abroad can usually be credited so that your standard period of study is not affected. The school internship semester can also be completed abroad. Simply inform yourself about this in the study guide.
The application deadlines can be as early as the beginning of your first semester. If you are interested in a semester abroad, please contact our International Department for advice. You can also find further information and contact details at the International Office.
As a master’s student of Mathematics, you have to take a seminar. It is usually taken with a professor of your choice in the area in which you might want to write your master’s thesis later. Your professor will usually assign you a topic, which you have to work out and present in front of a small group of seminar participants.
As with the Bachelor’s thesis, you do not have to write several Master’s theses, but only one. It can be written on a topic from one of your two main subject areas, didactics or educational sciences.
If you choose Computer Science, you will work on a topic from the subject area of Computer Science in your Master’s thesis for three months. You will discuss the topic with your chosen professor beforehand. During the three months of work, your chosen professor will act as your supervisor and support you with any questions you may have.
Most professors prefer that you also take the seminar with them or listen to particular subjects as preparation for the master thesis. Therefore, you should contact your potential supervisor early on. You can also find an overview of our professors and their subjects here.
The master’s examination is made up of all examinations. In addition to the examinations in your main subject areas, this also includes the subject didactics, the educational sciences (including the practical school semester), the Master’s thesis and, if applicable, an oral examination in the final module in the humanities subjects.
Every semester there are two exam periods. The first exams take place during the two weeks after the lecture period has ended and the second exams in the last week before the start of the new semester.
You are free to choose on which of the dates you would like to take your exams. If you do not pass an exam on the first date, you can retake it on the second date.
The examination regulations contain everything concerning examinations. Among other things, they provide information on the various forms of examinations and the calculation of grades. The current examination regulations can be found here.
There is a period each semester in which you can register for exams. You will always receive a reminder to your university mail address in time. During this period and until three days before the first date of the exam you can easily register for your exams via Portal².
If you did not pass an exam or have deregistered, you will automatically be registered for the next possible exam date.
Deregistration or withdrawal from an exam
You can deregister from an exam up to three days before the exam date via Portal².
After this deadline or in the case of compulsory registration, a withdrawal from an exam is only possible with a valid reason. You can find more information here. There you can also download a corresponding application and submit it to the Express Service or by mail to your study office.
Retaking an exam
In principle, you can retake a failed exam once. However, you can choose to change the course if you do not feel comfortable with it. The retaking of an already passed exam is not allowed.
If you have further questions that could not be answered on our homepage or the website of our faculty, please feel free to contact us or one of the following contact persons:
• The student council:
• Study programme manager: Sanja Juric
• Contact person in the study office: Corina Wolf
• Subject advisory service for content related to the degree programme