The Department of Mathematics at the University of Trento aims at training professional mathematicians to pursue the study of scientific and technological problems by mathematical methods, and at undertaking research in various branches of the subject.
The Department covers all main fields of Modern Mathematics, from Algebra to Geometry, Analysis, Probability and Statistics, Mathematical Physics and Numerical Analysis, and has earned an outstanding reputation for excellence in the application of fields such as Biomedicine (for example, modeling of the cardiovascular system), Biomathematics (for example, vaccination strategies against pandemics), and Data Security (for example, error-correcting codes used in critical applications such as in train signaling).
The Master’s degree program in Mathematics provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical and applied concepts in a range of four taught modules: Advanced Mathematics, Teaching and Scientific Communication, Mathematics for Life Sciences, Coding Theory, and Cryptography.
The Master Degree in Mathematics aims to form scientists and professionals having a deep knowledge of the theoretical principles that are the base of mathematical sciences. Secondly, a variety of study plans regarding various applications of mathematics are offered. The course is divided into four curricula:
Advanced Mathematics is generally for students who want to continue their studies at the doctorate level, as it includes a large spectrum of areas of Mathematics. It proposes 3 tracks:
General Advanced Mathematics
Advanced Algebra and Geometry
Calculus of Variations, Partial Differential Equations, and Dynamical Systems.
The curriculum on Teaching and Scientific Communication prepares students, on one side, for school teaching and, on the other, to work in the field of Scientific dissemination which is more and more important because of science museums and shows.
Mathematics and Statistics for Life and Social Sciences offers 4 tracks:
Mathematics for Data Science is especially aimed at students who wish to work in the Data Analysis departments.
Modeling, Statistics, and Analysis of Biosystems study the models used to investigate various complex biological systems. Among others, models of epidemic spread are studied.
Modeling and Simulation for Biomedical Applications yields competences in mathematics, numerical computation, physics, physiology, applicable to a range of disciplines in medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, sanitary services
Modeling, Statistics, and Analysis in Mathematical Finance aims at preparing students with modern education in probabilistic, statistical, and computational methods.
Cryptography introduces the theoretical and practical aspects of modern cryptography and Error Correction Codes. It shows, how important methods adopted in mobile phones, smart cards, browsers, or decoders are constructed starting from very refined algebraic and geometric theoretical instruments. It proposes two particular study plans: stage-oriented and research-oriented.
The Master’s degree program in Mathematics consists of 120 ECTS–credits for a two-year program. Students will undertake demanding full-time learning activities: attendance at lectures, laboratory sessions, and additional training sessions is strongly recommended. All courses are taught in English.
Depending on the taught module students are required to select a certain number of credits from the list of core course units (caratterizzanti) and from the list of related course units (affini) following the specific regulations outlined in the prospectus (Manifesto degli studi). Students shall choose elective course units (corsi liberi) to complete the Master’s degree program in Mathematics from any degree programs but those courses will be subjected to approval by the Teaching Committee of the Department of Mathematics.
Students may choose to develop a final thesis supervised by a member of the faculty or to undertake an internship and produce a thesis based upon the experience.
Credits required to complete the Master’s degree program in Mathematics: 120 ECTS
Notes: according to the Sorbonne (1988) and the Bologna (1999) declarations university-level study programs in the European Higher Education Area are structured in university credits (ECTS). A university credit corresponds to 25 hours of student workload, time for personal preparation included. The annual average workload for a full-time student is conventionally fixed at 60 credits.
The Master Degree in Mathematics aims to form scientists and professionals that master a deep knowledge of the theoretical principles that are the base of mathematical sciences, as well as specific competencies relative to other fields.
Among the common learning objectives to all the specializations there is:
the ability to work with large autonomy, also assuming responsibility for plans and structures of great dimensions
the widening of the surveying scientific method, the inductive method of logical-deductive reasoning, and methods tied to experimentation
the knowledge of the foundations of pure mathematics, and the knowledge of at least another discipline and the knowledge of relevant mathematical applications to it.
The graduated in the course of Bachelor in Mathematics will be able, by properly choosing the optional curriculum and activities, to carry out professional activities:
in companies and industry
in laboratories and research centers
in the field of the scientific culture dissemination
in the field of services
in Public Administration
With several ranges of interest, like computer science, financial, engineering, medical, communication, scientific, academic, and in general in all cases where a flexible thinking, computational and computer science competencies, a good familiarity with the management analysis and treatment of numerical data is useful.
In particular, the graduates can carry out the activities of an expert in application technicians and statistical technicians. The specificity of their mathematical education gives them the opportunity to easily acquire the competencies needed for the professions of statistical Mathematicians and most of the professions in Information Technologies, as from the ISTAT classification of the professions.
The course prepares for the professions of:
Mathematicians, statistics, and related professions
Information Technologies technicians
Applications expert technicians
March for non-EU citizens living outside Italy
From June to November: rolling admission for EU citizens and non-EU citizens regularly living in Italy
How to apply
Access the online application form
Upload the required documents
Submit your online application by the deadline
Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics or related fields
Strong background in Mathematics
English at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Coherence between the applicant’s previous studies and the academic objectives of the Master’s degree program in Mathematics
English language proficiency (if higher than B1)
Statement of purpose