Presentation of the Mathematics programme

A word from Professor Rolf Krause, Programme Director

Porträt Rolf Krause

"Mathematics is a universal and fundamental field of study that gives us a clearer understanding of our modern digital world. It stimulates abstract, logical and differentiated thinking. Such  skills are highly valued nowadays: more than ever, mathematicians are much sought after in the industry, business and research sectors."

Why study mathematics?

Mathematics is the intelligent and central core of our world. Mathematics helps us form and shape the world of tomorrow.

Mathematics enables us to describe complex facts precisely and, thereby, make them accessible to qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Mathematical knowledge will always remain valid, research does not render it obsolete, but leads to a better understanding, opening the way to new discoveries.

The fundamental methodology and the understanding you will acquire can be used in numerous fields, such as the natural sciences, ICT, medicine, the life sciences, engineering and in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

  • Do you like solving abstract problems?
  • Do you like understanding connections? 
  • Getting to the bottom of things?
  • Would you like to not only apply AI, but also understand its fundamental principles?
  • Would you like to predict the behaviour of an artificial cardiac valve?
  • Or model and simulate climate change?
  • Would you like to understand secure data exchange?
  • Or appraise and assess risks?

If you are interested in these topics and questions, our modern Bachelor’s degree course lays the foundations to answer all these questions, and many more.

Where can you study mathematics?

A traditional university is not the only place where you can study mathematics. The Swiss Distance Learning University offers an innovative concept of distance learning. We have a blended learning model which combines independent study with online support and regular in person classes with the professors and lecturers responsible for each module. Our concept offers the flexibility of distance learning, together with strong individual support and supervision.

How long is the mathematics course?

All courses at the Swiss Distance Learning University are part-time. You can study as you work, care for your family or alongside a career in sports or music.

The course of study encompasses 180 ECTS points (credits) and lasts 9 semesters (4½ years). One ECTS point corresponds to an average student workload of 25-30 hours per week. Once you have successfully completed all modules, you will graduate with a "Bachelor of Science in Mathematics".

Mathematics studies – what then?

Particularly in the age of digitalization, a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics opens the door to interesting and future-oriented fields of activity and constitutes a valuable additional qualification. The Bachelor’s degree course gives you a general understanding in various fields of mathematics and lays the foundation for studying in greater depth in a higher Master’s degree course. Successful graduates are well prepared for such Master’s studies.


Prof. Dr. Norbert Hungerbühler

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Scientific Committee, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

"Today nothing works without mathematics: from medical diagnoses to timetables’ optimisation, internet security to mobile telephony – mathematics is at the core of it all. It is one of the oldest sciences but also a key science for the technologies of the future. As a language and as a tool, mathematics pervades all quantitative based sciences. And the most important to me: mathematics is creativity in its purest form."

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