## MSc Mathematics

Students may chose between three specialities; algebra, analysis/differential geometry or applied mathematics. Some of the special fields include cryptography, number theory, elliptic curves, algebra, differential geometry, complex analysis, non-linear waves and dynamical systems. In applied mathematics thesis topics may relate to plasma physics, optics, mathematical ecology and bioinformatics. The master's degree program comprises a master's thesis of 60 ECTS in addition to mandatory courses and a special curriculum amounting to 60 ECTS. These are dependent upon the speciality chosen.

The following diciplines are offered:

## Learning outcomes

For each programme at the University of Tromsø there are set targets for knowledge, skills and competences that a student should have reached by the end of studies.

On completion of the program, graduates will have the following attributes:

**Knowledge**

- have advanced knowledge within one of the mathematical areas algebra, analysis/differential geometry or applied mathematics.
- have a solid knowledge about fields close to the chosen main area.
- have sufficient knowledge of mathematics to teach in senior high school.

**Skills**

- can enter complicated problem issues, uncover structures and formulate precise problems, find suitable analytical and/or numerical solution methods, and interpret the solutions.
- have good practical skills in using relevant programming tools.
- can cooperate, if necessary in a interdisciplinary way, with other specialists.
- can find precise and scientific formulations, in oral and written language, in Norwegian as well as in English.
- can use existing literature in an active way to understand the work of other scientists, and as support to solve own mathematical problems.

**General Competence**

- have a solid knowledge of a broad variety of methods and techniques for analysis and problem solving within the chosen area of specialization.
- have acquired good theoretical insight and ability to apply the theory for development of methods and techniques to solve problems.
- possesses the necessary qualifications for work within industry, technology, science, information technology, and schools.
- can apply knowledge within mathematics and statistics on problem issues within social and natural sciences.
- can do independent scientific work and formulate the contents of the work within the framework of the terminology of the field.
- can make knowledge based judgments on general scientific issues and communicate these in public.

**Admission requirements**

In addition, specialisation in mathematics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits is required. Normally, an average mark of "C" or better is required in the Bachelor's degree or similar basis of admission.

*Applicants from Norway or other Nordic countries:*

The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.

*Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:*

**Teaching and assessment**

After handing in the Master's thesis, it is assessed, and normally within 6 weeks an oral presentation and examination is held, that may influence on the final mark.

**Language of instruction**

The Master's thesis may also be written either in English or a Scandinavian language.

**Exchange possibilities**

**Job prospectives**

**Access to further studies**

** This school offers programs in:**

- English

Last updated October 16, 2015