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.