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Applied Mathematics

Why does one car have more air resistance than another? How can the frequency of the electric power smart grid be kept constant under external disturbances?

Applied Mathematics is concerned with the development and application of mathematical tools for the analysis and design of dynamical systems that appear in modern technology. Mathematical modelling of the problems appearing there plays a basic role, followed by (numerical) analysis, (computer) simulation, and design of controllers to make the systems behave according to the desired specifications. Interaction with other disciplines and with specialists in the fields of application is essential.

During your 2-year Master's programme you will be embedded in one of the Applied Mathematics research groups of your choice. During your research project, you will be supervised by staff members. The research project can be taken in the form of an internship in the research division of a company as well. The Master's degree programme in Applied Mathematics offers two tracks.


Three specializations

  • Systems and Optimization
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Statistics & Data Science


Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Applied Mathematics
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60348
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Typical for Applied Mathematics in Groningen: the connection between mathematical theory and real-life problems
  • You can combine courses from both Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Courses include related fields, e.g. Econometrics and Physics
  • Internship and research opportunities
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike.
Programme

Curriculum

This is a 2-year Master's programme, that consists of 120 ECTS (60 ECTS per year). The programme is built up as follows:

1) 15 ECTS mandatory courses

  • Mathematics and its environment
  • Student Colloquium
  • Research Seminar in Mathematics

2) ≥25 ECTS from one specialization 3) ≤30 ECTS Electives (from other specializations, Mastermath, etc.) 4) 35 ECTS MSc Research Project 15 ECTS Internship Applied Mathematics

You also have the option to follow an MSc Applied Mathematics o

Programme options
Computational Mathematics (specialization)

This specialization emphasizes modelling, analysis and the simulation of fluid flow problems.

Courses offered in this specialization cover subjects like Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Engineering, and Boundary Layers in Fluid Dynamics.

More information about this option

Systems and Optimization (specialization)

This specialization deals with the mathematics behind designing stable controllers for satellites, purification plants or more general technical processes.

Courses offered in this specialization cover subjects like Robust Control, Modeling & Identification, and Modeling & Control of Complex Nonlinear Engineering.

More information about this option

Statistics and Data Science (specialization)
HTSM Honours Master (honours program)

This Master's degree programme gives access to the additional, highly selective, High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) Honours Master.

The HTSM Honours Master is organized in cooperation with Philips and other major industry partners.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 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.

Internship: This programme offers you the opportunity to carry out a research project of a variable number of months at a company in the Netherlands or abroad, as part of your thesis. Our choice of industry partners ranges from large multinationals (such as Shell, Philips, Unilever) to dynamic small and medium enterprises in the Groningen area.

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
MathematicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Applied MathematicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

A Dutch bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics gives direct access. In case of other bachelor's or master's degrees, the board of admission will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge. A special pre-master programme is available for holders of a relevant Dutch HBO Bachelor's degree. In case you have a Dutch bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics which is not obtained at the University of Groningen, or a relevant Dutch HBO bachelor's degree, please contact the academic advisor.

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/msc-admissions/

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. The Board may decide that you have to take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme before being admitted.

Do you prefer an early decision on your request of admission? Don’t wait until 1 May, but use one of the earlier deadlines for this Master’s programme (for a course start on 1 September).

If the University of Groningen has received your complete application before, then you will receive a decision at the latest on:

Application - Decision:
1 December – 15 January
1 February – 1 March
15 March – 15 April
1 May - 15 June

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the Board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/msc/ for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

Make sure to visit 'Language Requirements' for all the necessary information about required language tests and minimum scores.

https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/msc/language-requirements

previous education

At least a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Applied/Engineering mathematics with courses in the field of control theory and/or fluid dynamics.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The Admissions Board determines whether the specific contents of your previous degree programme meet the admission requirements.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

SCHOLARSHIPS


ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/y scholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, who get the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within their scholarship period. More information can be found here: https://www.asml.com/en/careers/students-graduates/asml-scholarship/netherlands#scholarship-details

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Do you prefer an early decision on your request of admission? Don’t wait until 1 May, but use one of the earlier deadlines for this Master’s programme (for a course start on 1 September).

If the University of Groningen has received your complete application before, then you will receive a decision at the latest on:

Application - Decision:

1 December – 15 January

1 February – 1 March

15 March – 15 April

1 May - 15 June

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 18850full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

A Master's degree in Applied Mathematics opens up many job opportunities. During the Master's programme you will learn to think in a logical, systematic, and problem-oriented way in a multidisciplinary environment. After having finished the programme you will be able to apply mathematics to a technical problem, and hence to work at the interface between theory and practice. These qualities are highly appreciated by employers.

Job opportunities are available in industrial companies, research institutes, as well as in universities. Examples of companies looking for applied mathematicians include Gasunie, Philips, Stork, Shell, Tata Steel, KPN and small engineering bureaus. Examples of research institutes are the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR, the picture on these pages comes from the NLR), WL/Delft Hydraulics, KNMI and TNO.

You can start a university career by working as a PhD student, which means working for four years on a research project and writing a thesis. After having successfully defended this thesis, you will be awarded a PhD degree. Afterwards you can continue an academic career or start a career in industry.

Job examples

  • Universities
  • Research institutes
  • Engineering bureaus
  • Industrial companies
Research

Combine Mathematical Theory with Real-Life Problems

In the second year of the Master's programme you will conduct a research project. You can choose from one of the following fields of expertise:

Computational Science and Numerical Mathematics
Typical research questions in the area of computational science and numerical mathematics include how much force is exerted on a ship when it is hit by a wave, where does plaque develop in a blood vessel, how does the fuel in the tank of a satellite slosh in the absence of gravity?

Systems and Control
In the field of systems, control and optimization answers are sought to questions like how can a satellite be kept in a stable orbit around earth, is it possible to design a controller that robustly stabilises for a certain technical process?

The Master's programme in Applied Mathematics is closely linked to the Bernoulli Institute. Its mission is to perform outstanding academic research and teaching in Mathematics, Computing Science, and Artificial Intelligence.

This set of programmes as a whole has as its main goal performing research at a high international level, leading to publications in international scientific journals and a steady stream of highly qualified researchers (at PhD level). The intended audience consists of the academic research community on one hand and social and professional practice (e.g. industry, hospitals and administration) on the other hand. The Institute aims to provide an attractive research environment for graduate students by maintaining a modern infrastructure and by appointing highly competent and active scientific staff members.

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Contact

  • Academic Advisors FSE (For questions regarding the programme)
  • Study Science E-Mail (For students who are interested in a Campus Tour or who have other general questions)
    Email: studyscience rug.nl
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						Testimonial of Lisa Oosterhof

    I want to take part in research that contributes to the quest to better understand the world

    – Lisa Oosterhof
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    My reason for studying maths is that I want to better understand the world. I really enjoy this about maths: all that you can see around you can be explained in a very clear manner by mathematics.

    I certainly found my place in the Bachelor’s degree programme in Applied Mathematics, and found the hands-on, applied course units particularly interesting. My Bachelor’s project revolved around neuromorphic computing, in which we investigated a new approach to making a new supercomputer. That’s what I like about applied mathematics: it is not only about maths but also touches upon artificial intelligence and physics, for instance.

    The Master’s degree programme also suits me well. I am enjoying the course units and they connect well together, which makes it possible to take various learning pathways. You are also free to follow course units from other degree programmes. For example, I am now following a course unit from the degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management.

    My interest mainly lies in electric circuits and the modelling of them. I hope to be able to pursue this topic in my Master’s thesis. After graduating, I want to continue in research, be it at the University or at a company like Astron, to take part in research that also contributes to the quest to better understand the world.

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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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