General Information

Courses, exams and more

On this page, we have compiled a variety of information to help you make the decision to study at TU Darmstadt and to start at the university. In addition to explanations of courses and examination forms, you will also find recommendations for exchange students, admission requirements for applicants and information about our buddy program.

About our Study Programmes

At the TU Darmstadt we offer two mathematics bachelor's programmes in Mathematics and Business Mathematics. These can be continued in the consecutive Master's programmes with the fields of Mathematics, Business Mathematics and Mathematics in an interdisciplinary manner. Furthermore, we offer the Master of Science, Mathematics which is taught in English only.

The standard period of study for a Bachelor's degree is three years and for a Master's degree two years. For a Bachelor's degree 180 CP are required and for a Master's degree 120 CP. In all courses of study except Mathematics (engl.), students are required to take a minor subject. In the Business Mathematics programme, the minor subjects are specified with Computer Science and Economics.

The first two years of the Bachelor's programme are compulsory courses and provide a deep mathematical foundation. In the third year, students choose compulsory courses that lead to a specialisation in the Master's programme, and write their Bachelor's thesis. In the Master's programmes, students specialise in two research fields based on the elective courses from the Bachelor's programmes. In addition, further courses can be taken from the third Bachelor year onwards.

Each semester, selected courses at Bachelor level are offered in English. At the Master's level, the selection of courses in English is much more diverse due to the introduction of the M.Sc. Mathematics.

About our Courses

Course catalogue and course planning

You can find the latest course schedule on TUCaN. There you will also find the courses offered in the last two semesters. For the next three semesters there is a preliminary planning of the courses available. Below you will find a list of courses that we recommend for exchange students. You should also discuss your course planning with the international coordinators.

Semester hours per week and credit points

WS means winter semester, SS means summer semester. The numbers 4+2 indicate the semester hours per week (SWS, 1 SWS = 45 minutes). In this case this means 4 SWS lecture plus 2 SWS exercise group. To determine the ECTS to be achieved, multiply the SWS by 1.5 (e.g.: 1.5*6 = 9 ECTS). Please note: Seminars with 2 SWS are worth 5 ECTS.

As a rule, 1 ECTS equals a workload of 30 hours.

Seminars

In a seminar, you will work independently on a topic and then give a presentation on it in the course. Usually the topics are assigned at the beginning of the lecture period. You must also attend the presentations of the other participants.

Exercises, admission to exams and bonus

Usually, there is no obligation to attend lectures or exercise groups. In most courses, in addition to group exercises, which are worked on during the exercise group, there are also home exercises for which you receive points. Depending on the course, you need a certain number of points at the end of the lecture period to be admitted to the exam, or you will receive a bonus for the exam when you reach a certain number of points. This will be communicated at the beginning of the lecture.

Course selection

Although there are courses at the TUDa which require other courses/knowledge, this is not a formal requirement. This means you can take to all the math courses that are offered. You can also take courses of other departments. This then depends on the particular course.

Grading system

There are grades from 1.0 to 5.0. the best grade is 1.0. Failure to pass is equivalent to 5.0. The worst grade sufficient to pass is 4.0.

Examinations and TUCaN

Examinations

The type of examination to be taken may vary depending on the course. Please read the module handbooks or contact your lecturer. You can register for exams via TUCaN. If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Student Affairs. The Office for Student Affairs also issues transcripts of records.

If you have no experience with oral examinations, the best way to get to know this form of examination is to attend an oral examination. This is usually not a problem for either the examiner or the candidate. Another possibility is to take a sample examination with an assistant of the respective professor. Please approach your lecturer in good time. Please also discuss this with the international coordinators.

Campus Management System and Learning Platform:

The campus management system at TUDa is TUCaN. This is where all the formalities relating to your courses are dealt with. Here you can find the course catalogue, register for courses and exams and view your timetable. There you can also see all the important formal information about the courses, such as the time and room. You will also receive important news concerning all students via TUCaN. On the TUCaN pages of the respective courses you will also find descriptions of the courses and important information on formal matters concerning the courses.

In addition to TUCaN, most courses also use the Moodle platform. This platform is usually used to provide teaching materials for the courses, and announcements about the courses tend to be made there as well. In addition, there are usually forums where you can ask questions about the course or discuss with other participants. You are usually automatically enrolled in the Moodle course when you enrol in the TUCaN course.