Applied Mathematics and Informatics...

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... what's that anyway?

You've probably already guessed that this degree programme has a lot to do with mathematics. It's about mathematical methods that are applied to technology. No industry can do without them: Mathematicians work, for example, in insurance companies, banks, IT companies, management consultancies, pharmaceutical companies or IT centres.

A lot of high-tech devices are based on mathematical analyses and simulations. When experts cannot find a solution with standard methods, technomathematicians are there to help. First, they translate the problem into the "language of mathematics", i.e. formulas and equations. This translation is the crucial step in the entire development process, because the better the model reflects reality, the more precise the results will be. Such a model is practical in many ways: it is time-saving, cost-effective and independent of time and place.  Once the technomathematicians have developed a mathematical solution, they translate their results back into reality, i.e. they apply the solution to the real problem. 

As experts at the interface between technology and mathematics, technomathematicians need sound mathematical knowledge and a good grasp of technology. But that is far from all: when a theoretical solution has been found in the language of mathematics, it must be precisely calculated and verified. Technomathematicians therefore develop a special computer programme for each problem. This "scientific programming" shapes the professional profile of the technomathematician - that is why knowledge of informatics is also required.

Technomathematics becomes Applied Mathematics and Informatics

With the Master's degree in Angewandte Mathematik und Informatik (Applied Mathematics and Computer Science), the Faculty of Medical Engineering and Technomathematics offers the consecutive continuation of the Bachelor's degree programme with the same name. Previously, the Master's degree programme was called Technomathematik (Technomathematics) and the Bachelor's degree programme Scientific Programming. Both share a close connection between mathematics and informatics with practice. In order to demonstrate this, both degree programmes were renamed accordingly in 2018. The Master's degree programme is also open to graduates of other Bachelor's degree programmes.

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