How does a bank check whether your digital signature is a valid one? Do the planets move in stable orbits or will they eventually collide? How can, within the three-dimensional figures, a 3D-sphere be characterized? The mathematics behind these questions is dealt with in the Master’s degree programme in Mathematics.
The objective of the Master’s degree in Mathematics is to teach you the mathematical knowledge, skills and attitude needed to pursue a professional (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 modelling, to find scientific literature on the subject, and 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 programme in Mathematics (120 ECTS) offers three specializations:
- Algebra and Geometry
- Dynamical Systems and Analysis
- Statistics and Probability
Specialized courses in mathematics
In the first year of the Master’s programme, you will take specialized courses in mathematics. Examples of such courses include advanced differential equations, Hamiltonian mechanics, algebraic number theory, elliptic curves, stochastic processes, measure-theoretic probability, functional analysis and Riemann surfaces. Some of these courses are given as part of the National Dutch Master’s programme. This programme provides courses for all Mathematics students within the Netherlands and takes place in various cities in the Netherlands.
Large research project
In the second year, you will conduct a large research project. This project will be supervised by one of the Mathematics professors and will be about a topic in the field of algebra and geometry, dynamical systems and analysis, and statistics and probability theory. At the end of the research project, you will have to present your results in a colloquium as well as in a written report. The number of students enrolled in the Master’s programme in Mathematics in Groningen is relatively small. This results in small classes and informal contacts between students and staff members. Consequently, you can benefit greatly from the knowledge and research contacts of the staff members when working on your research project.
Admissions Requirements for international students
- A Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics;
- The Admission Board may decide you need to take supplementary courses;
- Proof of English proficiency is required (TOEFL 580/237/92, IELTS 6.5, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English), with the exception of students whose native language is English.
You may apply without having taken an English language test. If this is the case, we would appreciate it if you could inform us of the date on which you are planning to take such a test.
The Admissions Board is authorized to take the final decision on admission, provisional or conditional admission, or rejection. An official letter will be sent to the student, who will decide to accept or decline the offer or to send an objection.
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