Master in Mathematical Sciences


Program Description


Mathematical Sciences has been judged as a 'Top Rated' Master's program by the national Master guide (Keuzegids Masters) of 2018!


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.


This Master's is part of the national Mastermath Program, a collaboration of Dutch Mathematics Departments who joined efforts to enhance their Master's programs. 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;
  • a 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.


Within this Master's you can choose from 6 different tracks, allowing you to tailor the program to your own personal interest.

  • Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory
  • Differential Geometry, Topology and Lie Theory
  • Logic
  • 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 History of Mathematics.


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 program 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. research program 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:

  • Ph.D. student
  • Researcher for Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
  • Researcher in industry
  • Business consultant
  • Data analyst


  • Academic careers

About 50 % of all graduates choose to complete a Ph.D. program.

  • Professional careers

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)
  • Market maker at EY


  • Learning Dutch

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 organization, 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 or 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.

  • After graduation

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.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less