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English Language Master's Programme Mathematics

Data encryption, risk management in finance and insurance and mathematical imaging – mathematicians use analytical and computer-based methods to model the increasingly complex systems being studied in science, medicine, economics and engineering.

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Quick Facts

  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Diplom-Ingenieurin or Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.Ing. or DI), equivalent to the Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: English

The master's programme

In the master’s programme in mathematics, you will build on the mathematical competences you acquired in your bachelor’s studies in the subject areas of analysis, algebra, stochastics, numerical mathematics and discrete mathematics.

You will work on mathematical methods and train your mathematical thinking and working skills, e.g. in recognition of structures and relationships, in abstraction and analysis, in deductive, formal and algorithmic thinking.

You will further develop your mathematical problem-solving competence, e.g. in the mathematical modelling of processes in engineering, economics and science, in the appropriate use of computerised support and in critical interpretation of the results.


Semester plan

Eva-Maria Hainzl
Eva-Maria Hainzl, master's degree student in Mathematics

After building up a broad foundation of knowledge in the bachelor's degree programme, the prospect of delving deeper into my personal areas of interest in mathematics motivated me to learn even more in the master's degree programme. For all those who also want to practically apply their theoretical knowledge, it’s usually possible to do an internship in a company or work as a student assistant at the university.

My Erasmus+ stay abroad was the ideal complement to my studies. This enabled me not only to make contacts and learn a new language, but also to get to know other teaching and learning concepts as well as exciting research areas at the partner university.

Focus areas

You will specialice in one of the following focus areas:

Applied Mathematics: You will work on the application of mathematical models in subject areas such as social sciences, natural science, engineering, economics, computer science or medicine, e.g. with models of fluid flow in the heart.

Discrete Mathematics: You will study advanced topics in discrete mathematics, such as stochastics, information theory and commutative algebra, and their application, e.g. in cryptography.

Financial and Actuarial Mathematics: You will apply mathematical methods to issues in finance and insurance. Collaboration with people working in these industries will give you insights into actual practice.

Statistics and Operations Research: You will work on topics such as statistical experimental design, big data or the optimization of production processes.

Technomathematics: You will study mathematics for engineering and technology. In shared courses with students of mechanical or civil engineering, you will learn to apply your mathematical competences in engineering projects.

Peter Grabner, Dean of Studies, Master's Degree Programme of Mathematics at TU Graz.
Peter Grabner, Dean of Studies

Many modern technologies are no longer possible without sophisticated mathematical methods. In the master's programme you reach a mathematical level needed for these applications.

Collaborations and networks

International academic collaboration plays an important role in the master’s programme. Students can participate in the international activities of the institutes. Also, international guest professors regularly present insights into their research.

Contacts with the world of mathematics in business and industry exist for example with companies such as GraWe, AVL or Sappi. The programme includes advanced courses given by external lecturers from such companies. We also support student projects involving collaborations with local businesses.


The prerequisite for admission is a completed bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject.

Additionally, you need to provide evidence of competence in the English language.

1. Admission Procedure

Academic year 2020/21

The admission procedure has already been completed.

Graduates of the bachelor’s degree programme Mathematics offered at TU Graz and University of Graz will be accepted without an admission procedure.

Graduates of all other degree programmes offered at the TU Graz or, in the case of a NAWI Graz programme, the University of Graz can apply for admission at the Registration Office without an admission procedure.

Academic year 2021/22

There will be no admission procedure. You can go directly to the next step (2. Admission).

2. Admission

If you have already been admitted to a degree programme at TU Graz, or have studied at TU Graz before, please come to the registration office in person to complete your admission during the admission period.

Information and Advice

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Career prospects

Jürgen Hartinger
Jürgen Hartinger, graduate; Managing Board Director of "Kärntner Landesversicherung auf Gegenseitigkeit"

The TU Graz degree programme provided me with several core competencies, such as how to take a fearless approach to my subject and persevere when dealing with complex challenges, as well as a good combination of solid theoretical training and skills for practically applying what I had learned. Plus, it was simply fun.

Professional fields

Mathematicians work in industry, business and science, for example:

  • on application of mathematical models in industry, engineering and science,
  • in the implementation of deterministic and stochastic models in economics, administration, finance and insurance,
  • in developing theoretical and practical solutions to problems in data security and communication technology,
  • in development of methods that are a necessary part of many modern everyday devices and technologies, such as imaging in medicine and engineering, communication and security in data transfer, risk management in banking and insurance and computer-based methods in science and engineering.
Stephan Wagner
Stephan Wagner, graduate; Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

I was already fascinated by mathematics as a kid and was fortunate enough to turn my passion into a career. I still fondly remember my time as a student and stay closely connected to TU Graz. I work together with colleagues from all over the world, and many of my contacts date back to my time in Graz.

Josef Strini
Josef Strini, graduate; University assistant at TU Graz, Institute of Statistics

The master's degree in mathematics offers many different options for specialisation and the opportunity to take your studies in an individual direction. I chose the specialisation in financial and actuarial mathematics, and I am now working as a university assistant at the Institute of Statistics at TU Graz.

The thing that made me decide to begin a doctoral programme was my master’s thesis – in the discussions with my supervisor, I caught his enthusiasm for his research field.