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Mathematics

Over the centuries, mathematics has made an important contribution to technological progress. It is crucial to research and solve current issues, such as the climate problem.

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 researching and solving current issues such as the climate problem.

Mathematics is a multifaceted subject and 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. Some people choose to study Mathematics because its diversity appeals to them. Others perceive the social relevance of mathematics, and choose to do research. And there are students who enjoy Mathematics precisely because it involves solving abstract problems.

Within the Mathematics programme you can choose between General Mathematics and Probability & Statistics. In General Mathematics, the emphasis is on the theoretical aspects of mathematics. Probability & Statistics focuses, as the name already suggests, on probability and statistics and and its applications.

The University of Groningen offers degree programmes in Mathematics as well as Applied Mathematics. Year 1 is largely the same for both degree programmes, and you can switch between them if you wish. You gradually work towards your specialisation.


Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Mathematics
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56980
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
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Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • An international bachelor: When you have graduated, jobs will be available to you all over the world!
  • In Groningen you can study either Applied Mathematics or Mathematics.
  • In the first year you can still switch to Applied Mathematics.
Programme
Courses
Analysis
Calculus 1,2
Computer-assisted Problem-solving
Electives (e.g. Mechanics and Relativity 2, OR Modelling or Introduction to Logic) (optional)
First-year project
Kaleidoscope Mathematics
Linear Algebra 1,2
Linear Systems
Mechanics and Relativity 1
Probability Theory

Curriculum

The Mathematics and Applied Mathematics programmes have a common first year; you will have time to familiarize yourself with the two programmes and can make a final decision between the programmes at the end of the first year. You will follow elementary course units that are relevant to both programmes, such as Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Mechanics.

You will also become familiar with abstract mathematics, through the course unit Analysis, and the various specializations within Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, through the course units Probability Theory, Computer-Aided Problem Solving, Linear Systems , and First-year Project Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

During the second and third year, besides following common course units in Mathematics, you will specialize in the specialization of your choice. In the common part you will follow course units like Statistics, Group Theory, Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Complex Analysis, Functional Analysis, and Numerical Mathematics. You will complete your Bachelor's programme with a research project.

The Groningen science and engineering programmes stand out for their academic excellence. The work pace in the first year is generally high and the courses contents demanding. The first year curriculum concentrates on laying a sound basis for our engineering and natural science disciplines.

Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Programme options
General Mathematics (specialization)

In General Mathematics, the emphasis is on the theoretical aspects of mathematics.

It deals with the basic principles of mathematics, as well as the core concepts of classical and modern logic, and the relationship between the natural sciences and philosophy.

Statistics & Probability (specialization)

The Statistics & Probabilty specialization focuses on applications and advanced knowledge in the field of probability and statistics.

You will follow course units like Asymptotic Statistics, Stochastic Processes and Statistical Modelling.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B

  • Economie & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B

  • Natuur & Gezondheid

    wiskunde B

  • Natuur & Techniek

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Een voldoende op je vwo-Engels is aan te bevelen omdat de opleiding Engelstalig is.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY!

Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/bsc/ for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

If you apply, you participate in the mandatory matching process of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. More information: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

More information about matching: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Choice of degree programme check

More information about matching: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics (no Chemistry or Physics)

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

language test

Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programmes. Please find our English language requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and more) on this page: https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/bsc/language

previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc Application Procedure' pages at: http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/bsc/

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)B2
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)B2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

https://www.rug.nl/education/tuition-fees-halved

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Mathematics consists of a broad Bachelor's programme, after which you can specialize with a Master's degree programme. You can then pursue a career in business or continue in the academic world. Other possibilities are science journalism or teaching in a secondary school. Research, advising or teaching… there are many fields open to you, in the Netherlands or abroad!

Business
During your studies you will learn to think logically and construct an argument. Analysing will become second nature to you. It is a skill that is very welcome in the business world. Insurance companies and banks that work with models to assess risk and predict financial developments are keen to employ mathematicians to carry out these analyses.

Research
When you have your Master's degree you can carry out PhD research at a university. This will earn you the title of Doctor. Your Master's degree will also qualify you for positions with research institutes such as TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) and the KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute).

Teacher
There has been a great demand for mathematicians to work as teachers in secondary education for a long time. After the Bachelor mathematics, you can follow the (Dutch-taught) Master's degree programme Science Education & Communication.

Job examples

  • Consultant
  • Analyst
  • Positions in the financial world
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
Research

Our Bachelor's degree programme in mathematics is connected to the Bernoulli Institute.

The mission of the Bernoulli Institute is to perform outstanding academic research and teaching in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence, and to maintain international leadership herein; to foster these disciplines as a living body of knowledge, and to make it relevant to society in its broadest sense. The symbiosis between pure and applied science, and between mono- and multidisciplinary research and teaching, is a distinguishing characteristic of our institute. As an important part of this mission we aim to transfer our results to other areas of science and technology, and initiate and expand inter- and multi-disciplinary research collaborations.

The following research groups within the institute focus on Mathematics:

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Mathematics, please contact:

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						Testimonial of

    Mathematics fascinates me

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    '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.’

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						Testimonial of Leo Van Kampenhout

    Studying ice caps

    – Leo Van Kampenhout
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    Leo wanted to do practical work after graduating in Applied Mathematics. He spent two years with Alten, a technical and engineering consultancy, where he developed software in Fortran and C++ for Shell. Last year he set a new course and he now works at Utrecht University where he is studying the changes in the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps using climate models.

    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.

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  • 
						Testimonial of Stijn  de Vos

    Find out more about depression

    – Stijn de Vos
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    '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

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						Testimonial of Vinnie Ko

    Talk to the people who are already working in the field

    – Vinnie Ko
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    I like maths since I was a child. Unlike other subjects, it's more 'doing' and less memorizing facts.

    At this moment. I’m working as a PhD candidate in mathematical statistics. I spend around 75% of my time on research: reading articles, trying things out, programming and appointments with my supervisor. 25% of time is spent on teaching: preparing exercises/solutions for the class, giving tutorials, and grading assignments/exams. I also often go to presentations/seminars/conferences.

    As a PhD candidate, I daily use the mathematical and statistical knowledge that I learned during my study. But, I think the most valuable thing that I learned during my study is how to think critically and logically. In my Bachelor’s thesis, I analyzed social, geographical, and lexical influences on Dutch dialect pronunciations. For this, I used ‘generalized additive mixed model’ which is a flexible method that can be used to analyze non-linear relationships.

    When I was a student, I wondered how it would be to work at a company/university and what kind of skills I would need. Now looking backwards, the way I imagined it was very different from how it’s really like. Try to get a real glance of things that you want to do after your study. You can for example talk to the people who are already working in that field.

    Vinnie Ko - PhD University of Oslo

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Study associations

FMF

The FMF is an association for the Bachelor's programmes Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Applied Physics, Physics, Astronomy and all of the subsequent Master's programmes at the University of Groningen.
The association pursues three objectives. The first objective is that it wants to contribute to the broadening of the scientific education of its members. This is done by organizing various activities in the scientific field, such as study excursions, lectures and symposiums.
https://www.fmf.nl
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be issued a study advice at the end of your first year of study. You can expect a positive study advice if you have earned at least 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS; most course units are 5 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative study advice, you will not be allowed to continue your degree programme.

You will receive a preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you are. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

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