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 with within your Master's degree program.

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's program, 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 specialized mathematical knowledge in selected areas such as algebra and geometry, dynamical systems and analysis, and statistics & probability theory.

Furthermore, you will learn how to solve a problem by using abstraction and modeling 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 the new theory should be developed. Finally, you will learn how to present mathematical results in written and oral form, for both specialized and general audiences.

The Master's degree program in Mathematics offers three tracks:

  • Mathematics and Complex Dynamical Systems: This Master track concerns algebra, geometry, analysis, dynamical systems theory and mathematical physics.
  • Statistics and Big Data: In this Master track, the focus is on modern developments in statistical inference, such as high-dimensional inference and statistical network modeling, as well as data science, such as machine learning and neural networks.
  • Science, Business and Policy

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Rated best degree program in its field and awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Keuzegids Masters 2017)
  • 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 program 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, Frits Zernike

Program

Curriculum

2-year program; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

We offer three research-oriented specializations, which all include a research project of 50 ECTS, and one business track - the Science, Business and Policy track.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, the UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programs have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

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Knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

Previous education

A Dutch bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics gives direct access. In the case of other bachelor's or master's degrees, the board of admission will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of the general level of previous education and specific background knowledge. A special pre-master program 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.

International diploma

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Certified competences

GMAT/GRE

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 the general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.

Previous education

Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master program for which you applied.

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.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 92

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After you apply for the program of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 15500 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

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

With a Master's degree in Mathematics, you can also pursue a scientific career as a Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. degree. Afterward, 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

The large research project you conduct in the second year of this Master's program gives you the opportunity to specialize further in one of the following selected areas: algebra, geometry, dynamical systems and 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 program 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 Ph.D. 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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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