Master Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAM)
Master Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAM)
This degree programme is tailored to the current needs in applied mathematics and scientific computing. It is designed for students who appreciate to use rigorous mathematical analysis or scientific computing to predict phenomena or to optimize processes in the sciences or in engineering. Initially, the students acquire a firm grounding in mathematical modeling and applied analysis as well as in high performance computing. They learn to derive mathematical models and to reflect upon their properties and limitations. Starting from the second term, they are free to choose among a large variety of courses to specialize in two of the fields
- Modeling and Applied Analysis (MApA),
- Numerical Analysis and Simulation (NASi),
- Optimization (Opti).
The courses are taught in English. Thus the programme addresses students from all over the world who wish to acquire not only the mathematical knowledge, but also the cultural and communication skills needed for attractive employment options on the international level both in industry and in academia.
To respect possible interests or previous knowledge beyond mathematics or in other fields of mathematics, the students may also attend a certain number of modules chosen from the entire portfolio of FAU on the master level.
Starting in the winter term 2017/18, the master programme CAM replaces the master programme Technomathematik.
Information on the contents of CAM:
To get a general overview over CAM, see
- the brochure (in cooperation with IBZ)
- or the Folder_CAM (English version) / Folder_CAM (German version)
- or see the description of CAM on the DAAD pages
- or read the text on meinstudium.fau.de: English version / German version
For more detailed information on the contents of CAM, see the general study plan and list of modules (not all of them are offered annually) available. For every semester there is a module handbook showing exactly those modules which will take place in that semester (see in the list of documents below).
You can also have a look at the examination regulations (in the list of documents below).
Some basic knowledge of differential equations or functional analysis and of numerical methods is recommended. The Master’s degree programme also enables students to specialise in the numerics of partial differential equations or in optimisation. Applicants should be accordingly familiar with the basic ideas of these fields.
The requirement for admission to the Master’s degree programme is a good Bachelor’s degree in a mathematical programme, or in a closely related field with a substantial content of mathematical courses (at least 45 ECTS). Qualification or aptitude for the Master’s degree programme is examined in the qualification assessment process. Applicants with a degree not in mathematics, but in a related field, can only be admitted after passing an oral exam. The criteria in this oral exam are: basic knowledge in functional analysis or in the theory of differential equations, basic knowledge in numerics or in optimization, ability for discussion on mathematics in English, e.g., on the applicant’s Bachelor’s thesis.
Since all the mandatory and mandatory elective modules are taught in English, an English certificate CEFR B2 is required, except if your university entrance qualification or the Bachelor’s degree was acquired in an anglophone programme, or if you had 6 years of English lessons at a German secondary school.
Application for CAM:
The application for CAM is a two-step procedure:
- Step 1: register online using the page www.campo.fau.eu
Note: Applicants who have not yet an “IdM Account“ have to register at IdM first (on www.campo.fau.eu). IdM stands for Identity Management of FAU. Then, using your IdM account, you can set up your online-application for CAM. During the online application process you have to specify a mentor. Choose a mentor from this list.
- Step 2: Send your application in paper-form by post to the university’s Master’s Office.
Note: You can see the status of your application online. Hence, e-mails asking for the status of application will not be answered.
Here is a list (provided by FAU) of required documents. A letter of motivation is not required.
- for programme’s start in October 2020: second half of January 2020 – deadline: July 15th 2020
- for programme’s start in April 2020: December 2019 (mid-month) – January 15th, 2020
(Note that the application -sent by post- must have arrived at FAU within the given period.)
A few frequently asked questions concerning application:
- I have a bachelor’s degree in a technical field such as Engineering, Physics, Computer Science,… (i.e., not in Mathematics or a mathematical programme such as ‚Technomathematik‘, Economathematics) – can I get admittance to CAM? Answer: In this case your BSc must contain at least 45 ECTS of mathematics-related content, and an oral exam must be passed after the application is submitted and before admittance is possible. This oral exam can be remote, from a technically equipped room in your university to the e-studio in our university. In this oral exam it will be checked if you have basic knowledge in theory of differential equations or functional analysis, basic knowledge in numerics or optimization, and if you can express yourself on mathematics in English.
- English level B2 CEFR is required to apply for CAM. What is the relation between CEFR, TOEFL, IELTS? Maybe this web page (external link) is helpful. There is no German language certificate required for the application for CAM.
- A letter of motivation is not required for the application.
After you got admission, find information about the enrolment for international students here.
Before lectures start you have to plan which modules to take. You can use
- the module handbook of the current semester (these modules will definitely be offered, see pdf below),
- the long-time module catalogue and general study plan (to find which modules are mandatory, to find the prerequisites of each module, and to get an impression which modules might be offered in subsequent semesters, see pdf below)
- the long-range planning of the department (to find which modules will (most likely) be offered in subsequent semesters, see this link, klick on ‚Master-Studium‘)
Make up you mind and then discuss your plan with your mentor.
- IBZ Brochure on CAM
- Module Catalogue and General Study Plan (version: 11 Dec 2019)
- Module Handbook for winter semester 2019/20 (version: 15 Oct 2019)
- Module Handbook of past semesters:
- Examination Regulations for CAM (Fachprüfungsordnung): link to Prüfungsamt or use shortcuts:
version July 2019 (German)
version Feb 2017 (German)
version Feb 2017 (English translation)
- Allg. Prüfungsordnung der mathem. Studiengänge (=general examination regulations for all mathematics programmes at FAU) dated 02.03.2017 (in German): link to Prüfungsamt or use these shortcuts:
version July 2019
version Mar 2017
- Form ”Individual Study Plan CAM”: excel_file pdf_file (fill out / discuss this document together with your mentor)
- List of mentors
Maybe you find the following links helpful.
- Master lectures offered by the Department of Mathematics
- Comments of the portfolio of lectures offered by MSO (=Modeling-Simulation-Optimization) (in German)
- Thoughts on: Why and how to study mathematics (in German)
- How to find accomodation in Erlangen and around?
- Labour market for FAU graduates: see the QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2019
- Rankings: FAU at the top of the leagues: German version / English translation
- Questions about the application process, required documents:
Read this information first. Then:
- Member of the Examination Committee for CAM:
Prof. Eberhard Bänsch