Berlin Mathematical School
Natural SciencesMathematics

The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) is a joint graduate school of the mathematics departments of FU, HU and TU Berlin. It also incorporates a number of Research Training Groups of the German Research Foundation as well as two Max Planck International Research Schools. Funded through the Excellence Initiative, the BMS offers a uniform setting for graduate studies for a doctoral degree in mathematics in Berlin, a coordinated course program and access to all math research groups.


“Mathematics as a whole“ is a leading principle of the BMS. Its focus encompasses fields that are traditionally termed “pure“ or “applied“ mathematics, though we prefer not to make that distinction. Instead, research topics are grouped into seven parts, each covering a broad, but coherent, part of mathematics:

  • Differential geometry, global analysis, and mathematical physics
  • Algebraic and arithmetic geometry, number theory
  • Probability, statistics, and financial mathematics
  • Discrete mathematics and combinatorial optimization
  • Geometry, topology, and visualization
  • Numerical mathematics and scientific computing
  • Applied analysis and differential equations

For applicants with a Bachelor, Phase I offers a basic graduate phase of 3-4 semesters completed by a  qualifying exam. Phase II is the research phase and open to candidates with a Master‘s degree. It lasts 4-6 semesters in which candidates conduct specialized research and attend at least one advanced course per semester.

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Contact Information

Prof. Günter M. Ziegler
Dr. Forough Sodoudi
TU Berlin
Berlin Mathematical School
Straße des 17. Juni 136
10623 Berlin
+49 (0)30 314 786 10
December 1st (with scholarships), April 1st(with limited number)
20 per year
10 for Phase I, 5 for Phase II per year
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