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Mathematics

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.


Specializations


The Master's degree programme in Mathematics offers five specializations:

  • Analysis and Dynamical Systems
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Number theory and Algebraic Geometry
  • Probability and Discrete Mathematics

In addition to these specializations, you can also follow the Science, Business and Policy track.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Mathematics
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
66980
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Rated best degree programme in its field and awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Keuzegids Masters 2018 & 2019)
  • For a career in science or a company
  • Acquired skills highly appreciated by employers
  • Informal community, small classes
  • Your own large-scale research project
  • Best master programme Mathematics in the Netherlands according to Elsevier
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Fr
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) 50 ECTS MSc Research Project

You also have the option to follow an MSc Mathematics open degree programme. In that case, the programme is

Programme options
Mathematics and Complex Dynamical Systems (specialization)

Do you want to deepen your knowledge in pure mathematics?

And, are you interested in the science of complexity and how a dynamical systems point of view gives the tools to understand complex phenomena? In this specialization you will learn how to model and qualitatively analyse the dynamics of complex systems; how to describe the geometry of high-dimensional spaces and study their properties; and how advanced mathematics applies in the study of problems in physics, chemistry, and biology.

More information about the research questions that motivate the topics in this specialization can be found at the webpages of the following research groups:

  • Algebra
  • Dynamical Systems, Geometry and Mathematical Physics

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6382

Geometry and Topology (specialization)
Mathematical Physics (specialization)
Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry (specialization)
Probability and Discrete Mathematics (specialization)
Science, Business & Policy (track)

Interested in the business side of science? You can combine one of the above tracks with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6383

More information about this option

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.

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 acces. 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 also published on: https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission

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.

Registration procedure

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.

knowledge minimum

BEFORE YOU APPLY

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

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/msc/language-requirements for all the necessary information about required language tests and minimum scores.

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. 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 master programme for which you applied.

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

In cooperation with major national and international companies we welcome students with several 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/careers/for-students/asml-scholarship/en/s32512?rid=30027

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 Mathematics opens up many job opportunities. During your Master's programme you will learn to think in a logical and systematic way. These qualities are highly appreciated by employers. Students of our Master programme have found employment at banks, insurance companies, the consultancy branch and research and development departments of companies like Philips, Unilever, TNO, Gasunie, Ericsson and CGI.

With a Master's degree in Mathematics you can also pursue a scientific career as a PhD student at a university. This means working for four years on a research project and writing a thesis. After successfully defending this thesis, you will be awarded a PhD degree. Afterwards you can continue your career at a university or start a higher-level career in a company.

Job examples

  • Work for multinationals such as TNO and Philips
  • Start an academic career
  • Analyst at bank or insurance company
  • Consultant
Research

Acquire highly appreciated research skills

You will conduct a large research project in the second year of this Master's programme. This project will give you the opportunity to specialize further in one of the following selected areas: algebra, geometry, dynamical systems, analysis, and statistics & probability theory. During your research project you will be supervised by staff members who are experts in one of these areas

The Master's programme in 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.

The main goal of the institute is to perform 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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    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!

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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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