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The Masters course
The Masters course provides the student with a scientific education in depth, and develops the capability of independent scientific work. The degree is the "Master of Science in Mathematics" (MSc). 90 credit points (modules) are needed to obtain the degree. The recommended duration of the course is 3 semesters.
In the Masters course, substantial emphasis is placed upon a Masters thesis, requiring about 2 semesters of work, in the form of a research dissertation of a high scientific standard.
The MSc in mathematics is the qualification necessary for academic mathematical careers, and forms the scientific basis for a career as gymnasial teacher.
The Masters degree in mathematics can include a minor subject, requiring 30 credit points. The 30 credit points are on top of the 90 achieved in the major.
The Masters degree carries a grade. The grade is the average of the marks obtained in the individual modules as well as the Masters thesis, weighted according to their credit points. The marks for major and minor subjects appear separately on the certificate. The weighted average is rounded up to the next 1/10 of a mark. Students must send an application to the Dean of Studies in order to obtain the degree. The necessary documents are listed in the "Anmeldung für die Erteilung des Mastergrades". If all the conditions have been met, and if the application is made more than 3 weeks before a faculty meeting, the degree will be awarded at that meeting; otherwise, at the next one.
Detailed information is to be found in the "Studienordnung für das Studium in den Bachelor- und Masterstudiengängen an der Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Zürich vom 1. Juli 2015" and in the "Wegleitung zum Studium der Mathematik".Masters Thesis
The Masters Thesis is a very important part of the Masters course, and carries corresponding weight. The time needed to produce the thesis is roughly 2 semesters, plus one for getting into the subject. These are only guidelines. It is recommended that students contact a possible professor at the start of the Masters course, to agree on a topic and to discuss the necessary preparation. The pre-conditions required by the individual professors are published in the Bulletin of the Mathematics Students Association, and may also be found on the professor's homepage.
The Masters final exam covers a number of areas of mathematics. The material corresponds to 3 four hour lectures (see module types). The examination material can be that of previously attended (but not previously examined) lecture courses, or can consist of material assimilated in individual study.
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