Berlin Math School (BMS) graduate school program

08th Feb 2018 to 01st Apr 2018

The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) is a joint graduate school of the mathematics departments of the three major Berlin universities, TU Berlin, FU Berlin, and HU Berlin.

We offer

  • a uniform setting for graduate studies (from bachelor to PhD) in mathematics in Berlin,
  • a coordinated, highly diverse course program in English (Phase I, from bachelor to qualifying exams in two years),
    German language skills are not necessary,
  • access to all math research groups in Berlin for a PhD (Phase II), in particular, to the DFG Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs) and other ongoing research projects,
  • intensive mentoring during the whole duration of studies, and
  • support in non mathematical issues ranging from housing to visas and from child care to language courses.

We invite excellent mathematics students from Berlin, Germany, Europe and all over the world to join BMS - and to make good use of the ample opportunities offered by the rich and diverse mathematics teaching and research environment.

Depending on the individual background, admission is to Phase I (typically with a bachelor) or directly to Phase II (for example, for students holding a master/diploma).

Besides striving for excellence, BMS is actively pursuing the goals of internationality, gender equality and diversity: We set the explicit goal to have half of our students come from outside Germany, and to reach a 50 percent representation of female students. The BMS actively and explicitly welcomes and embraces diversity. We will take measures to create an environment that is accepting, liberal, and supportive for its students, faculty and employees. The city of Berlin, with its tradition of multicultural openness, its good relations to the East and the West, and its rich cultural and academic life, provides an excellent setting for this. We are looking forward to your visit to Berlin!


Application Deadlines

The application period for admission to the Berlin Mathematical School PhD Program in 2018 is now open.    

The first round of the application period runs from 15 September 2017 to 1 December 2017. Candidates who apply during that time will automatically be considered for both admission to our program and a BMS scholarship award. The second round of the application period runs from 1 February 2018 to 1 April 2018. Candidates who apply during that time will be considered for admission, but the number of scholarship awards remaining will be very limited. 

Application deadline (scholarships available): 1 December 2017.
Late application deadline (limited number of scholarships available): 1 April 2018.
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BMS PhD Application Guidelines - for all you need to know about applying to the BMS!

First download our BMS PhD Application Guidelines and read them thoroughly before beginning the online application process. You will find the answers to most of your questions in there, or in our FAQs, or here on our website.



Students entering Phase I of the BMS are expected to have a bachelor degree, or equivalent. (Thus, in particular, Berlin mathematics students in their "Hauptstudium" can apply for membership in BMS. For students who are further advanced, part of the Phase I course requirements may be waived.)

For entering Phase II, students are expected to have a master degree, or to pass the BMS Qualifying Exams. (In particular, they thus satisfy the regular admission requirements of the Berlin universities' PhD programs.)

For more information about our requirements, please read our FAQs.

A detailed description of all documents required to apply can be found in our BMS PhD Application Guidelines.


The BMS TOEFL code

We do not require a hard copy of your test result by post, therefore we no longer list our TOEFL code on our website. Simply upload your test result to your online application form by the given deadline. As well as TOEFL, we also accept IELTS and CAE.


Academic Year

The academic year is made up of a winter semester and a summer semester. The winter semester 2018/19 starts in October 2018 and lectures run until February 2019. The summer semester 2019 starts in April 2019 and lectures run until July 2019.


Registration and Application

In order to access the application form, you first have to register: Go to Registration. Then submit your application via the online application form.


If you haven't found the answer of your question in the BMS PhD Application Guidelines, the FAQs, or on our website you can email us at: