Mathematics Magisterium

What is the Magisterium?

The Mathematics Magisterium University Diploma was created in 1985 at the instigation of Jean-Pierre Chevènement, then Minister of National Education, in order to set up courses of excellence in the universities.

The Mathematics Magisterium  of Strasbourg is a reinforced curriculum that takes place over three years, which completes the program of the third year of the Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics  (Advanced Mathematics and Physics - Magisterium) and then the two years of the Master’s Degree in Mathematics (Magisterium).
In addition to the national Bachelor's and Master's degrees, the training is sanctioned by a university diploma, delivered upon completion of the Master's degree.

Thanks to specific courses in fundamental and applied mathematics, students receive a very complete training that prepares them for careers in research, teaching, and business. In addition to the classical courses, the Magistère includes an introductory research thesis during the 3rd year of Bachelor's and an internship in the 1st year of Master's. Details of the program are available via the links below:

  • The first year of the Magisterium corresponds to the 3rd year of the MPA-Magisterium course (the 3rd year of  bachelor's corresponds to semesters 5 and 6 of the degree coursedescription of the course)
  • The next two years correspond to the Master's degree in Mathematics (The 1st year of Master's corresponds to semesters 1 and 2 and 2nd year to semesters 3 and 4 of the Master's degree description of the course)
  • The page dedicated to the Mathematics Magisterium only lists the specific additional courses (semesters 1 and 2 of the Mathematics Magisterium correspond to the 3rd Bachelor's, semesters 3 and 4 to 1st year of Master's and semesters 5 and 6 to 2nd year of Master's description of the course)

Information on first-year dissertations and second-year internships, as well as examples of topics covered.

Magistère students have access to the University of Strasbourg's international exchange programs, so they can spend one or two semesters of their curriculum in a partner university. This applies in particular to the last year of study (2nd of Master's), which can be validated in another university, whether French or foreign. Finally, for students wishing to focus on applied mathematics, it is possible to modify their studies to validate the Magisterium through the Master's degree in Scientific Computing and Mathematics Of Information (CSMI) or the Master's degree in Statistics.

Admission requirements

Access to the first year (3rd year Magisterium) :
Admission on the basis of the student's file and after the advice of the pedagogical committee for very good students from the Classes Préparatoires (mainly MP, MP*, PC*, PSI*) and very good students from the 2nd year of Bachelor's in Mathematics (in particular students from the MPA-Magisteriuml course).

Access to the second year (1st year of Master's Magisterium) :
Only on the basis of the student's file and the opinion of the pedagogical committee for students who have validated a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or equivalent with very good results.

Accès to the 3rd year (M2 Magistère) :
Only for students who have completed the second year of the Mathematics Magisterium.

Applications for admission are made on the University's website dedicated to this E-candidate procedure or on Campus France.

The opportunities

Teaching (after competitive examination): secondary education, teaching in CPGE, higher education (PRAG).

Research and higher education (after PhD).

Corporate careers (banking, insurance, consulting, IT, research and development).

Civil service competitions.

Access to the Grandes Écoles through the university route (École Polytechnique, ENS Cachan, numerous engineering schools, etc.).

1st year dissertations

During the first year of the Magistère (L3 level), students write a thesis on a current scientific topic. This course offers students a first encounter with recent developments in mathematics. The topics are proposed and the dissertations are supervised by (teacher-)researchers from IRMA: the mathematics research unit attached to the University of Strasbourg. The work consists of the study of an article or a part of a book which exposes a subject of interest in mathematical research. The written thesis exposes the subject and its mathematical prerequisites from the knowledge taught in Bachelor's Degree.

Some examples of dissertation topics

Internships in the second year of the Magisterium

The objective of the second year internship is to familiarize students with the applications of mathematics in other fields. The internship lasts about 4 weeks and is usually done between the end of the 1st year of Master's and the beginning of the 2nd year. The internship can be done in a university research unit (outside of mathematics) or in a company or administration. It can take several forms. Most often, interns participate in the study of a mathematical model or its validation, or they are in charge of the statistical processing of observational data.

Some examples of host organizations and the corresponding internship subjects.

La plaquette du Magistère de Mathématiques