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When we think of mathematics, we associate it with figures, numbers and complicated calculations. Mathematics however also has a different side.

It contains abstract thinking and logical reasoning, and has applications in medicine, economics, and other fields.

Obviously, parts of the Mathematics degree programme are similar to mathematics as it is studied at secondary school. But you will also discover new areas such as algebra (number theory and coding), dynamic systems (how predictable is the weather?) and systems theory. Over the centuries, mathematics has made an important contribution to technological progress. It is still crucial to research and solve current issues, such as the climate problem.

Mathematics is offered as an international bachelor. All courses are taught in English which gives Mathematics in Groningen an extra dimension as many of your fellow students and teachers will come from abroad.

There are two specializations you can choose from. General Mathematics focuses on the foundations of mathematics and the relationship between natural sciences and philosophy. Statistics & Econometrics concerns statistics and mathematics as they are used in economics and business, for example economic analyses and prediction of stock market values.

Some people choose to study Mathematics because of the social relevance of mathematics, while other students enjoy Mathematics because it involves solving abstract problems. Because Mathematics is a multifaceted subject, t he University of Groningen offers degree programmes in Mathematics as well as in Applied Mathematics. Year one is largely the same for both degree programmes, which means you can still switch between them if you wish.

Wiskunde kom je overal tegen. Bij het decoderen van satellietbeelden, in beursmodellen of weervoorspellingen. Bij Wiskunde leer je modellen van ontwerpen en theoretische onderbouwingen ontwikkelen.

Als je Wiskunde (Mathematics) gaat studeren, ontdek je heel nieuwe gebieden die je nog niet van school kende, zoals algebra, dynamische systemen en systeemtheorie.

De internationale bachelor Wiskunde duurt drie jaar. Al het onderwijs is Engelstalig, want de opleiding Mathematics is internationaal gericht, met studenten en docenten uit binnen- en buitenland. Er is veel overlap met de opleiding Technische wiskunde (Applied Mathematics) en je kunt tot aan het eind van het eerste jaar nog overstappen.

Je maakt in het eerste jaar kennis met de richtingen waarin je je uiteindelijk gaat specialiseren:

  • Algemene Wiskunde. Deze richting legt het accent op de theoretische aspecten van wiskunde. De grondslagen van de wiskunde komen aan de orde net als de kernbegrippen van de klassieke en moderne logica. Ook ga je in op de relatie tussen natuurwetenschappen en filosofie.
  • Statistiek en Econometrie. Hier verdiep je je in de statistiek en wiskunde zoals die in de economische vakgebieden gebruikt worden. De onderwerpen lopen uiteen van economische analyses en voorspellingen tot optimaal voorraadbeheer en planning.

  • Opleidingsvideo

    Ruben Oosterman, student Wiskunde

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van Berno Reitsma

    Mathematics fascinates me

    'Mathematics fascinates me. I love it when a seemingly far-fetched relationship actually works in practice.

    I enjoy the tutorials the most, because you can try things out for yourself. Learning mathematics is really a question of practice. Some of the theorems are very challenging, so it’s really satisfying if you manage to figure them out. We often work together on more difficult problems, which is a good way to get to know each other. I’ve also met a lot of people through the FMF study association and my student association. Although it’s not compulsory, I go to all the lectures and tutorials. This keeps you busy and helps you understand the theory, which makes the exam a lot easier.’

    – Berno Reitsma
  • Testimonial van Leo van Kampenhout

    Bestuderen van ijskappen

    Na mijn studie wilde ik heel graag praktisch aan de slag. Zodoende heb ik twee jaar lang in Capelle a/d IJssel gewerkt als consultant bij Alten, een bedrijf in technische consultancy en engineering. Hier deed ik hoofdzakelijk ontwikkeling van software (Fortran, C++) voor Shell.

    Dit heb ik met veel plezier gedaan, maar het begon op een gegeven moment weer te kriebelen en ben ik iets nieuws gaan zoeken. Tegenwoordig ben ik promovendus aan de Universiteit Utrecht, waar ik onderzoek doe naar veranderingen in de Groenlandse en Antarctische ijskappen in het recente verleden (1850-nu). Voor dit onderzoek maak ik gebruik van data-assimilatie technieken en klimaatmodellen.

    In beide banen heb ik veel profijt van mijn goede wiskundige basis en de programmeervaardigheden die ik tijdens mijn studie Technische Wiskunde heb opgedaan. Verder heb ik één jaar van mijn master doorgebracht in Zürich, Zwitserland. Ik heb daar verschillende interessante dingen geleerd, maar het is tevens een terugkerend gespreksonderwerp geweest bij sollicitatiegesprekken. Het is, vermoed ik, op veel plaatsen een pre als je cv niet helemaal standaard is.

    – Leo van Kampenhout
  • Testimonial van Maike Jaspers

    I've got to know a lot of companies that I might happily work for later!

    'There's so much to do in Groningen! And there's plenty to do at our Faculty too.

    Mathematics and Applied Mathematics are interesting enough as it is, but I also did the Honours College, where you follow additional lectures and projects outside your own specialist area. I am also an active member of the FMF, the study association for students of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Applied Physics, Computer Science and Astronomy. You can learn a lot, experience how an educational or commercial organization works, and you get to meet a lot of people. The highlight for me was a year on the board of the study association, which was exhilarating and enlightening. Each year, the FMF organizes lectures, site visits and excursions, as well as get-togethers and film evenings, which all help strengthen the bond between you and your fellow students. It’s fun and a good way to prepare for life after university. For example, I’ve got to know a lot of companies that I might happily work for later!

    Maike Jaspers - Applied Mathematics





    – Maike Jaspers
  • Testimonial van Stijn de Vos

    Find out more about depression

    'I am exploring statistical models that we can use to find out more about depression, together with other experts such as physicians, psychologists and epidemiologists. This makes the work pleasantly varied'.

    During my Master’s programme I specialized in probability and statistics, which is obviously very useful for this job. Thanks to my mathematical background, I learn new techniques easily. What you don’t learn in Mathematics are skills such as meeting and communicating with other scientists. I don’t think you need to offer all these skills in a degree programme; you can learn them by participating in activities outside your programme. I was a member of a study association and a student association, where I learnt organizational skills, and also enjoyed the social side of student life. This was very important for my personal development and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!’

    Stijn de Vos - PhD student with the UMCG's psychiatry department


    – Stijn de Vos
Feiten & Cijfers
BSc in Wiskunde
Croho code
Type opleiding
Engels (100%)
36 maanden (180 ECTS)
Science and Engineering
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