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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Mathematics

Degree

Combined bachelorBachelor of Arts (B.A.) - the course is designed for students intending to enter the teaching profession, but may also be studied without the teacher training option. - Also refer to the mono-bachelor course in Mathematics, the ‘Teacher training programme’ overview and as required, the ‘Bachelor’s and master’s courses at HU’ FAQ.

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study

Winter semester only, with numerus clausus, second subject without numerus clausus

Combinations

Mathematics can be studied as:
Core subject with teaching training binding: 113 CP, with a second subject to be selected except from Special Needs Education
Second subject with teaching training option: 67 CP, with any bachelor’s core subject except Biology and Physics
Second subject without teaching training option: 60 CP, with any bachelor’s core subject except Biology and

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 25 - 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Course objectives

Studying Mathematics and Didactics of Mathematics is intended to prepare students for their subsequent career as vocational lecturers or teachers of Mathematics in the subject-specific and didactic field. The bachelor’s degree creates the prerequisites for a master’s programme which, if passed successfully, authorises the student enrol in the Induction Service for prospective teachers. The training objectives are influenced by the intended educational and developmental outcomes at the school level, in particular the task of imparting subject-specific knowledge that boosts pupils’ critical and independent thinking and social competence.

Over the course of the training programme, students will acquire the foundations of firm and broadly applicable mathematical knowledge and skills, as well as the ability to think and work scientifically. This includes familiarising themselves with the approaches to thinking and working that are typical of Mathematics. This puts students in a position to take due account of subject-specific and many didactic fundamentals in planning, structuring and analysing Mathematics lessons. Students are encouraged to further develop skills such as abstraction ability, exact working methods and expression, creativity, independent work with specialised literature and communication and cooperation capability.

Why study Mathematics at HU?

The Department of Mathematics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has an excellent reputation both in Germany and abroad, and offers a high-quality Mathematics programme. Specialised classes for the combined bachelor’s course meet the needs of future Mathematics teachers. The interconnection of subject- specific and didactic teaching is worth particular mention. This is expressed in modules such as Elementary Geometry and its Didactics, Algebra/Number Theory and its Didactics as well as Stochastics and its Didactics. The Department also has partnerships with Berlin secondary schools and is organises a range of activities for supporting mathematically-gifted schoolchildren. Partnerships enable teachers to be seconded to the teacher training programme of the Department of Mathematics, which gives the course a highly practical dimension.

We welcome students who are passionate about the subject of Mathematics, have above-average school grades in this subject and are pursuing the goal of teaching this subject to pupils in school. 

Course content

The best places to find information about course content is the annotated university calendar or the current timetables. They are online at u.hu-berlin.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis. The Course Advisory Service is also available to help you (see Important addresses). Module descriptions, the course curriculum and other details can be found in the course and examination regulations, available at  www.amb.hu-berlin.de, no. 23/2015.

Combined bachelor's course Mathematics

Core subject Mathematics with teaching training binding (113 CP)

Subject-related and subject-related didactical modules (97 CP)
Module Description Size
Module 1 Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry I 10 CP
Module 2 Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry II 10 CP
Module 3 Analysis I 10 CP
Module 4 Analysis II 10 CP
Module 5 Elementary Geometry and its Didactics 14 CP
Module 6 Algebra/Number Theory and its Didactics 13 CP
Module 7 Stochastics 10 CP
Module 8 Applied Mathematics I 5 CP
Module 9 Mathematical In-depth module 5 CP
Module 10 Bachelor's Thesis 10 CP
Teacher training Modules (16 CP)

Teacher training for students who wish to enter the teaching profession consists of the Educational Sciences Modules with in total 11 CP and a Language Training Module with 5 CP.

Second Subject Mathematics with teaching training option (67 CP)

Module Description Size
Module 1 Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry I 10 CP
Module 2 Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry II 10 CP
Module 3 Analysis I 10 CP
Module 4 Analysis II 10 CP
Module 5 Elementary Geometry and its Didactics 14 CP
Module 6 Algebra/Number Theory and its Didactics 13 CP

Second Subject Mathematics without teaching training option (60 CP)

Module Description Size
Module 1 Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry I 10 CP
Module 2 Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry II 10 CP
Module 3 Analysis I 10 CP
Module 4 Analysis II 10 CP
Module 5a Geometry 10 CP
Module 6a Algebra/Number Theory 10 CP

General elective course offerings for students coming from other courses of studies

Module Bezeichnung Umfang
Module 1 Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry I 10 CP
Module 2 Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry II 10 CP
Module 3 Analysis I 10 CP
Module 4 Analysis II 10 CP

Master’s degree

You can apply for the Master of Education and Statistics master’s courses at Humboldt-Universität. You will find additional programmes in the current ‘Post-graduate degree courses’ course catalogue, available at http://studium.hu-berlin.de/beratung/sa

Important addresses

Department of Mathematics: Rudower Chaussee 25, 12489 Berlin, www.mathematik.hu-berlin.de
Study Counselling Service:  Dr. Filler, Tel. +49 30 2093- 5870, filler@math.hu-berlin.de
Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications (Examinations Office): www.math.hu-berlin.de/~pruefaus, Prof. Schüth, Tel. +49 30 2093- 5864, pruefaus@math.hu-berlin.de
Teacher Training Service Centre: http://studium.hu-berlin.de/lust/lehrer, Tel. +49 30 2093-1571, lehrerbildung@rz.hu-berlin.de
Application/matriculation: http://studium.hu-berlin.de/bewerbung, see also ‘Course catalogue’
Links to job market: careers information centre (http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/web/content/DE/BuergerinnenUndBuerger/ArbeitundBeruf/Berufswahl/Berufsinformationszentren/index.htm) , employment market reports (http://statistik.arbeitsagentur.de/Navigation/Statistik/Arbeitsmarktberichte/Akademiker/Akademiker-Nav.html), Federal Employment Office Berufenet (http://berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de/berufe/), Hochschulteam calendar of events (http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/web/content/DE/dienststellen/rdbb/berlinmitte/Agentur/BuergerinnenundBuerger/Akademiker/index.htm)

Version: July 2015
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