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Natural Science & Mathematics


A wide range of Mathematics and Natural Science degree programmes are offered by German Universities. The list of interdisciplinary subjects is being long day by day as more subjects are being added every day. The capability to work together in teams is an essential requirement for natural scientists. The career probabilities are very great as Germany is considered to protect its economic success.


In Universities, most of Natural Science and Mathematics degree courses are offered. Bachelor degrees in these subjects as well as in Computer Science provide the qualification in only one subject.

Some universities let you broaden your educational profile with various subjects. For instance, you can consolidate a natural scientific subject with humanities or social science subject. If you want to be a teacher of Biology, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Computer Science or Geography, you must be specialized at least in 2 mentioned subjects at the same time.

There is often a smooth transition between the Natural Sciences and Engineering. New multidisciplinary research fields have become prevalent in recent years. This has resulted in a new generation of corresponding degree programmes such as Biochemistry, Molecular Life Sciences, Bioinformatics and Genome Research, Biomathematics, Environmental Chemistry, Nanosciences, and Geoinformatics.

At German universities, in the field of Natural Science and Mathematics, more than 2,500 degree programmes are available, of which 200 are English-language master’s degree programmes. For more information and the list of degree programmes, check our database.

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“In the present scenario, there’s a requirement for researchers who are educated in more than one subject. Natural scientists have to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and generally have to think in complex structures”, explains KoljaBriedis from the HIS Institute for Higher Education Research (HIS-HF). You need to have the following abilities if you would like to register in a natural-scientific degree programme:

  •                     Analytical abilities
  •                      Curiosity, Logical thinking, resolution and ability to handle stress
  •                      Mathematical comprehension
  •                      Strong background in Mathematics
  •                      Ability to collaborate in teams


The future success of Germany’s economy is dependent on a sufficient pool of young talent in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The German economy’s growth and innovation is highly affected negatively by the structural problem of lacking qualified experts. The STEM campaign sets a goal to encourage young people in STEM subjects and maintain a pool of adequate young specialists.


From the HIS Institute, Kolja Briedis tells that natural scientists, mathematicians, and computer scientists have great possibilities in the labour market”. Although the chances at finding jobs vary depending on the subjects the graduates studied, there is a growing demand in the entire technological field in Germany, the reason being that companies are striving with a growing shortage of adequate specialists in these disciplines. That’s why German authorities have launched a new campaign (“MINT-Initiative”) to get young people interested in enrolling in “STEM” degree programmes: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.