Mathematical Sciences has been judged as a 'Top Rated' Master's programme by the national Master guide (Keuzegids Masters) of 2018!
Become a Desired Mathematician
This research-oriented Master’s will provide you with a rich toolkit of creative problem-solving skills that will turn you into a desired scientist, both in and outside academia. You will dive deep into mathematics, develop genuine research skills in pure, applied and industrial areas and learn to think out of the box.
Choose from an Exceptional List of Courses
This Master's is part of the national Mastermath Programme, a collaboration of Dutch Mathematics Departments who joined efforts to enhance their Master's programmes. Due to this collaboration, you can benefit from an exceptional list of mathematical courses, offered either by Utrecht University or another Dutch University. Check the courses page for more information and a full overview of the courses you can choose from.
We combine our course offerings with personal and small-scale teaching, including:
A lively colloquium with distinguished international speakers;
Research training in small group projects in pure-, applied- and industrial mathematics;
Unique special training in using historical sources;
Student seminars in which you practice your own scientific presentation skills;
Collective learning of very advanced topics in pure or applied mathematics.
Personalise your Master: Choose your Track
Within this Master's you can choose from 6 different tracks, allowing you to tailor the programme to your own personal interest.
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory
Differential Geometry, Topology and Lie Theory
Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems
Applied Mathematics, Complex Systems, and Scientific Computing
Probability and Statistics
You can also choose to do a Research project in the History of Mathematics.
Double Master Degree
If you are up for it, you can also opt for a double Master's degree by combining this Master's with another Master's from the Graduate School of Natural Sciences (e.g. Theoretical Physics, Climate Physics or Computing Science).
The Mathematical Sciences programme will prepare you for a challenging career, either in or outside academia. Mathematicians are desired employees in today's job market since they can easily deal with complex problems and large data sets in an abstract way. About 40% of our students continue with a PhD in mathematics or related research areas such as imaging or physics (in recent years at Harvard, London, Oxford, Stanford, etc). Many find employment in a research-oriented environment at governments or in industry. Work fields include risk analysis, security, forensics, consultancy, data analytics, IT, logistics and more.
Graduates generally have no problem finding employment because mathematics plays an important role in many aspects of society. You can pursue a career in science by enrolling in a PhD research programme or by working for a research laboratory. The professional workplace also offers a wide range of job opportunities. A few examples of jobs held by recent graduates from Mathematical Sciences include:
Researcher for Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Researcher in industry
About 50 % of all graduates choose to complete a Ph.D. programme.
A Master's degree in Mathematical Sciences opens up a broad range of career opportunities outside the world of academia. Professional careers of some graduates include:
Process simulation engineer at CFTC
Logisticians at KLM
Data analyst at RABOBANK and MARKTPLAATS
Researcher at the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR)
A market maker at EY
If you want to find a job or internship in the Netherlands, knowing Dutch will get you places. Even if you work within an international organisation, knowing at least some Dutch is always a benefit and in some cases even a requirement. In order to learn Dutch, free language websites such as duolingo.com or dutchgrammar.com can get you started or take a look at the Dutch courses offered by Babel. As a student from Utrecht University, you receive a 25% discount on their course offerings.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’. This permit can be submitted within 3 years after completing your studies and allows you unlimited working rights (hence: a work permit –TWV- is not required). For an overview of the conditions that apply for this permit, please visit the IND website.