How does a bank check whether your digital signature is a valid one? Do planets move in stable orbits or will they eventually collide? How can a 3D-sphere within the 3D-figures be characterized?
The mathematics behind these questions is dealt within your
Master's degree programme.
Mathematics in Groningen consists of a group of 20 internationally acclaimed mathematical researchers. Besides the well-known dynamical systems group, the mathematics department also has a very strong algebra & geometry and statistics & probability profile. During your 2-year Master programme you will be embedded in the research groups of your choice.
During the Master's degree in Mathematics we will teach you the mathematical knowledge, skills and attitude needed to pursue a professional or research career. You will gain specialised mathematical knowledge in selected areas such as algebra and geometry, dynamical systems, analysis, and statistics & probability theory.
Furthermore, you will learn how to solve a problem by using abstraction and modelling and to find scientific literature on the subject. You will be able to determine whether the problem can be solved by using existing mathematical theory or whether new theory should be developed. Finally, you will learn how to present mathematical results in written and oral form, for both specialised and general audiences.
The Master's degree programme in Mathematics offers five specializations:
In addition to these specializations, you can also follow the Science, Business and Policy track.
Choose course units that you would enjoy yourself
I have always found maths to be interesting, even though I am also very interested in economics. After completing my Bachelor's degree programme in Applied Mathematics in Groningen, I also wanted to follow the Master's degree programme here. The Master's programme is regarded highly and I also enjoyed the manner in which the course units are taught here.
After graduating with my Master’s degree, I want to become a data scientist. In the Bachelor’s programme, I discovered that I especially enjoy statistics and programming, which are both involved in the field of data science. The nice thing is that data science can also be deployed in the business world.
So, I am now following the Statistics and Big Data track. At the moment, I am taking course units on Bayesian networks, machine learning, and how to give scientific presentations. At a later stage, I hope to write my thesis on statistical learning.
My tip for students choosing a Master’s programme? Follow your own interests, you’ll get a valuable degree in the end! So, don’t only choose course units that you assume future employers would appreciate, but also those that you would actually enjoy yourself!