Master's in Mathematics

The Master’s program in Mathematics includes lectures on advanced topics, seminars and writing the Master's thesis. This thesis is a first step towards independent scientific research.

The Master's program usually follows a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and gives the students an overview of the most important fields of mathematics; it typically takes three semesters. The program includes lectures on advanced topics, seminars and writing the Master's thesis. This thesis is a first step towards independent scientific research.

After obtaining the MSc in Mathematics it is possible to begin a PhD in Mathematics.

Basic information
Degree: Master of Science in Mathematics, University of Bern
Number of credits: 90 ECTS credits
Combination possibilities:
  • Major 90 ECTS credits


 Option for students pursuing other degrees:

  • Minor 30 ECTS credits
Duration: 3 semesters
Language: English
Beginning studies: Fall or spring semester

The Master's program in Mathematics can be chosen as a single major subject or as a secondary subject (so called Minor subject) in addition to another primary subject.

The Master's degree in Mathematics (as Major) is worth 90 ECTS points. It consists of a Master module of 45 ECTS points and a Master's thesis of 45 ECTS points.

The standard study period for the Master's program is 3 semesters.

The courses of the Master's program in Mathematics are usually provided in English.

Sem. Master's Program in Mathematics (Major, 90 ECTS) according to the Curricumum of 1. September 2008
7 lectures of the Master's program: from each of the areas of Basic Algebra (AG), Analysis (A) and Geometry–Topology (GT), totaling at least 6 ECTS from each domain; in addition from at least two of the areas of Basic Algebra (AG), Analysis (A), Geometry–Topology (GT) and Stochastics (S), totaling at least 9 ECTS per domain
8 39 ECTS
 
seminar, colloquium Master's thesis, 45 ECTS
9
specialized study and oral exam, 6 ECTS seminar, colloquium

The Minor is a module consisting of basic units worth at least 24 ECTS points and specialized study and oral exam worth 6 ECTS points.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program in Mathematics (mono):

a) Bachelor's degree from a recognized Swiss university with a major in the branch of studies Mathematics
b) Bachelor's degree from a recognized university, provided at least 60 ECTS credits were earned in Mathematics and the master's degree program can be successfully completed with a maximum additional 60 ECTS credits (admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program). The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments. 

Please consult the admission requirements for the minor as presented in the plan of studies.

The degree used for assessment purposes may not be more than ten years old.

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M Sc in Mathematics, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Recognition of academic achievements
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration
   

Application with a Swiss degree

Online application
Assessment
Steps from application to registration
 

Application with an international degree

Online application
CHECKLIST - Documents for your application / Important information
Steps from application to registration

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

As soon as the requirements set by the study regulations are fulfilled, you can apply for a formal completion of your studies via the Deans office. The information about the completion process can be found here.

After completing the Master’s program it is possible to continue your studies by applying to a PhD program.

Many of our graduates are employed in banks, insurance companies and federal agencies.

Others work in IT companies or as teachers. The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has also employed many of our graduates.