The Master's program in Mathematics comprises 4 semesters and a total of 120 CP (credit points). It can be divided into the following areas:
- Required Courses (48 CP): two Reading Courses (9 CP each) and the Master's thesis (30 CP)
- Elective Courses (48 CP): Four Lectures (9 CP each) and two Seminars (6 CP each)
- Application Subject (15 CP)
- Supplementary Subject (9 CP)
One of the following subjects can be chosen as an application subject: Biology, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Earth Sciences, Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics, Production Engineering.
Each student chooses one of the four specializations: Algebra, Analysis, Numerics, Stochastics/Statistics. Two of the four lectures and one of the two seminars in the mathematics elective must be from the chosen specialization. The remaining lectures and the additional seminar must be chosen from areas other than the specialization area.
A special feature of the master's program in mathematics at the University of Bremen are the Reading Courses. In these courses, students are introduced to independent reading of mathematical literature. This takes place in groups under the guidance of a university lecturer, who offers regular meetings and reviews and corrects the drafted writing; occasionally there is also individual supervision. The Reading Courses are ungraded, one is required to be in the chosen specialization area, the second may belong to another specialization.
The Supplementary Subject area, which is part of the university-wide General Studies area (see below), can be used to acquire vocational qualifications. This requirement may be fulfilled by completing an additional mathematics module. It is also possible to have 6 CPs credited to the supplementary subject area for completing an internship lasting several weeks which provides insights into future mathematical professional practice.