MSc Mathematics

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Program Description

MSc Mathematics

UIT The Arctic University of Norway

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:


  • 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.


  • 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

    Admission to the Master`s programme in Mathematics requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in Mathematics or equivalent qualification in mathematics approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4.

    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:
        Who is an international applicant?
          The application deadline for self-financing and quota scheme applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
            General admission requirements for international applicants.
              Teaching and assessment
                The Master's degree in Mathematics consists of lectures and coursework. A passing grade on the mandatory homework sets is normally required for permission to take the examination. An oral exam is most common for the Master's degree courses. See the course descriptions for more information.

                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
                  Language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or in a Scandinavian language.

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

                  Exchange possibilities
                    After an agreement with the Department, a period of study abroad can be arranged.
                      Job prospectives
                        The Master's of Science in Mathematics degree provides a solid foundation in mathematics and its applications. It provides an appropriate qualification for careers in industry, technology, finance and information technology. The degree also provides the mathematical knowledge necessary for teaching in secondary schools and further studies in mathematics.
                          Access to further studies
                            On sucessfull completion of the degree program, studentes may be qualified for admission to a PhD-program in Mathematics at the University of Tromsø or elsewhere.
                            This school offers programs in:
                            • English

                            Last updated October 16, 2015
                            Duration & Price
                            This course is Campus based
                            Start Date
                            Start date
                            Aug. 1, 2016
                            2 years
                            Full time
                            Start date Aug. 1, 2016
                            Norway Tromsø
                            Application deadline Request Info
                            End date Request Info
                            Duration 2 years
                            Price Free