Studying in the Department
If you have a liking for logical connections, tricky problems and surprising insights, studying mathematics is a good choice for you. Job prospects for maths graduates are excellent and have been for decades. And studying the subject means you focus your energies on what is one of the most important cultural skills of our civilisation. In the following, we want to tell you some of the reasons why TU Darmstadt is a particularly attractive university for maths students.
Unique mentoring strategy
More than in other disciplines, in mathematics it is really important to engage with the subject regularly and independently if you want to understand it properly. This is why TU Darmstadt allows its students to grapple with mathematical topics independently whilst providing intensive support whenever they need it. But what is so special about Darmstadt’s mentoring strategy?
Working independently in mentored study groups
In order to practise what you have heard in lectures, we offer mentored study groups where you can work in groups or on your own to solve specially selected problems. A particular feature of TU Darmstadt’s strategy is that you do not just get given the answers but can extrapolate them for yourself. If you get stuck, you can always turn to the class leader for help.
You are also given extra support by doing independent work assignments at home that are then corrected by the class leader.
Study group leaders – a paid job with professional training
Study group leaders are usually students in an advanced semester. In the winter semester 2017/18, for example, the Department of Mathematics employed 210 students as study group leaders.
TU Darmstadt runs a two-day training session to prepare its study group leaders for their task and also accompanies them whilst they are employed. For you as a student, this means that you get help from people who have a close connection to your current learning situation and have also been trained professionally. When you yourself reach an advanced semester, you will also have the opportunity to become a study group leader, which not only means having a paid job in the Department of Mathematics but also acquiring additional mathematical and communication skills.
If you have any questions about becoming a study group leader, you can contact our tutorials coordinator, Tina Rudolph.
In your first academic year, TU Darmstadt offers you support in the form of a mentoring system. You will belong to a small group which will be mentored by one advanced student, one member of the academic staff and one professor who have all received training in working with mentoring groups. In your group, you can ask questions about anything related to study and share ideas and experiences with other students. You will also receive personal mentoring to prepare for forthcoming examinations.
For students who need or want extra support in learning the subject matter we offer voluntary tutorials which repeat and practise material already covered. Using task sheets, you can, moreover, prepare for tests in our learning centre, where there is always a member of the academic staff on hand to assist you, if necessary.
Students who want to tackle topics that go beyond the scope of introductory lectures at an early stage in their course have the option of attending the “Proseminar Extra”.
Breadth of study and subsidiary subject
In the Department of Mathematics, we are especially proud of our wide range of subjects. You can choose from eight different fields of study in five courses, from which, in turn, you can choose focus areas in each of our seven research fields: algebra, analysis, numerical analysis, optimisation, logic, stochastics and geometry. This palette of research fields involving a total of more than 20 professors and 70 plus academic staff means we are one of the largest departments of mathematics at any university in Germany.
Studying in our department will not only enable you to acquire broadly-based knowledge of mathematics and the skills related to it, we will also encourage and require you to explore the broader picture: in many of our courses you are expected to take a subsidiary subject. You can select your subsidiary from TU Darmstadt’s entire portfolio of subjects. Some of the most popular subsidiaries are physics, computer science and economics, although students do also choose one of the many engineering modules or even one of the more “exotic” options like philosophy, psychology or politics.
The economics subsidiary has a special status: in the business mathematics degrees (B.Sc., M.Sc.), economics is mandatory and, unlike in other degrees, is integrated in the curriculum.
This extensive portfolio enables you to acquire the relevant specialist knowledge and skills to ensure you are optimally prepared for your professional future and a successful career.
Bilingual Certificate and English Master’s
English is an essential feature of a mathematician’s working life as you will already realise when you start on your course. That is why we want to fully prepare you for work in an international company. During your Bachelor’s course you will be able to take the so-called Bilingual Certificate which enables you to acquire and extend your knowledge of English as the language of science. You will be awarded the Bilingual Certificate if you accrue 50 of a total of 180 CPs in modules taught in English.
As of the winter semester 2018/19, we shall be offering a Master’s Course in Mathematics taught completely in English. Apart from expanding your knowledge of the subject, you will also benefit from daily exposure to scientific English. You will choose your specialisations from at least two of our fields of study and be able to combine them with an optional subsidiary to gain interdisciplinary skills. You will, moreover, study together with students from all over the world and thus acquire valuable intercultural competence. With a degree in mathematics you will then be ideally qualified and prepared for an international career.
Active student life and strong Departmental Students’ Committee
Our Departmental Students’ Committee writes:
One of our unique features is our community and our willingness to help. It doesn’t matter whether you have subject-related questions or organisational questions – together with the staff in the department, the Students’ Committee will make every effort to support new students, in particular. This makes for a good and productive learning atmosphere, and we are always pleased when great new students join our motley crew.
There are lots of opportunities for taking part in the activities we organise ourselves and we are always glad to welcome new faces to the Maths Choir, maths music evenings, the Maths Ball, games evenings, improvisational theatre and various other activities.
We are big on responsibility, so we are also very active in university politics. We are always looking for students who are interested in participating. Do you enjoy maths? Do you want to meet new people and have fun? Then come along and meet us!