The program gives a comprehensive knowledge of several areas in mathematics and introduces the students to doing research in theoretical and/or applied mathematics. Besides purely theoretical courses, many courses are application oriented. Courses are offered in algebra, number theory, real and complex analysis, topology, geometry, probability theory and statistics, discrete mathematics and operations research but also in such interdisciplinary subjects as bioinformatics and theoretical computer science. The students may also choose from high-level application-oriented courses, which present state of the art issues of the given area, like complex systems, financial mathematics etc. The program is aimed at students who have at least a BSc degree in mathematics or a related field (physics, computer science, engineering etc.) In the latter case, a certain number (65) of mathematical credits is required from earlier studies.
Strength of program
One of the main features of the program is the great variety of courses, covering several areas of mathematics. Our graduates will have a broad knowledge in many areas of mathematics. Besides offering an introduction and basic foundation in many areas, some of the subjects lead to up-to-date research results.
Most of the teachers of the program have international teaching experience and they regularly give classes also at foreign universities, including North American institutions. Young mathematicians, bringing in freshness and new momentum, are also involved in the program. Our instructors all have scientific degrees and a good research record. Examples show that graduating from our program is a very good starting point for doctoral or (at a later stage) postdoctoral studies.
Of particular interest is the fact that many researchers in the internationally renowned Hungarian school of combinatorics have started their career at our university and many of them still have a position at the Institute of Mathematics. For example, the Wolf Prize and Kyoto Prize winner Prof. László Lovász is a professor at our university. Recent Abel prize winner, Prof. Endre Szemerédi is also a graduate of our school. But one could also recall the Ostrowski Prize of Prof. Miklós Laczkovich (professor of our university), the Gödel Prize of Prof. László Babai (former professor), the Coxeter Prize of Prof. Balázs Szegedy (a graduate of our university) etc.
Our graduates will be able to apply for Ph.D. studies either at Eötvös Loránd University or anywhere in the world. Many students will, however, continue their career immediately in the industrial research and development, often at high tech industries in telecommunication, financial institutions or insurance companies or in software development of such research giants as Google.
- University professor
- Research mathematician in a research institute
- System analyst in a financial institution (bank, investment, insurance)
- High tech industry
- Teacher of mathematics
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