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Module MAT-40-27-M-6

Elliptic Curves in Positive Characteristics (M, 3.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
MAT-40-27-M-6 Elliptic Curves in Positive Characteristics 3.0 CP (90 h)


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. irreg.
Level [6] Master (General)
Language [EN] English
Module Manager
Area of study [MAT-AGCA] Algebra, Geometry and Computer Algebra
Reference course of study [MAT-88.105-SG] M.Sc. Mathematics
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
2V MAT-40-27-K-6
Elliptic Curves in Positive Characteristics
P 28 h 62 h - - PL1 3.0 irreg.
  • About [MAT-40-27-K-6]: Title: "Elliptic Curves in Positive Characteristics"; Presence-Time: 28 h; Self-Study: 62 h

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: oral examination (20-30 Min.)
  • Examination Frequency: irregular (by arrangement)
  • Examination number: 86199 ("Elliptic Curves in Positive Characteristics")

Evaluation of grades

The grade of the module examination is also the module grade.


  • plane projective cubics over arbitrary fields, rational points,
  • endomorphisms of elliptic curves, isogenies, complex multiplication, moduli,
  • counting of rational points, Hasse bound, Weil conjectures, Schoof's algorithm,
  • constructions of elliptic curves, quadratic twist, good/bad reduction,
  • special algorithms, discrete logarithm for elliptic curves, factorisation.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Using the example of elliptic curves over arbitrary fields, the students have enlarged their abilities to work on interdisciplinary mathematics (in particular, the triangle between geometry, algebraic number theory, and cryptography). They have studied the theoretical principles of cryptographic algorithms and are able to apply these concepts and techniques successfully. They understand the proofs presented in the lecture and are able to comprehend and explain them.


  • J .Silverman, The Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves.

Requirements for attendance (informal)

More advanced knowledge of Algebra (e.g. from the courses [MAT-12-21-K-3] or [MAT-12-22-K-3]) are useful but not necessarily required.



Requirements for attendance (formal)


References to Module / Module Number [MAT-40-27-M-6]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[MAT-88.105-SG] M.Sc. Mathematics Pure Mathematics [WP] Compulsory Elective
[MAT-88.706-SG] M.Sc. Mathematics International Pure Mathematics [WP] Compulsory Elective
Module-Pool Name
[MAT-GM-MPOOL-5] General Mathematics (Introductory Modules M.Sc.)