Programme description

Students may choose between three specialities; algebra, analysis/differential geometry or applied mathematics. Some of the special fields include cryptography, number theory, elliptic curves, algebra, differential geometry, complex analysis, non-linear waves and dynamical systems. In applied mathematics thesis topics may relate to plasma physics, optics, mathematical ecology and bioinformatics. The master's degree program comprises a master's thesis of 60 ECTS in addition to mandatory courses and a special curriculum amounting to 60 ECTS. These are dependent upon the speciality chosen.

The following disciplines are offered:

  • Algebra
  • Analysis/Differential Geometry
  • Applied Mathematics

Learning outcomes

For each programme at the University of Tromsø there are set targets for knowledge, skills and competencies that a student should have reached by the end of studies.

On completion of the program, graduates will have the following attributes:


  • have advanced knowledge within one of the mathematical areas algebra, analysis/differential geometry or applied mathematics.
  • have a solid knowledge about fields close to the chosen main area.
  • have sufficient knowledge of mathematics to teach in senior high school.


  • can enter complicated problem issues, uncover structures and formulate precise problems, find suitable analytical and/or numerical solution methods, and interpret the solutions.
  • have good practical skills in using relevant programming tools.
  • can cooperate, if necessary in an interdisciplinary way, with other specialists.
  • can find precise and scientific formulations, in oral and written language, in Norwegian as well as in English.
  • can use existing literature in an active way to understand the work of other scientists, and as support to solve own mathematical problems.

General Competence

  • have a solid knowledge of a broad variety of methods and techniques for analysis and problem solving within the chosen area of specialization.
  • have acquired good theoretical insight and ability to apply the theory for the development of methods and techniques to solve problems.
  • possesses the necessary qualifications for work within the industry, technology, science, information technology, and schools.
  • can apply knowledge within mathematics and statistics on problem issues within social and natural sciences.
  • can do independent scientific work and formulate the contents of the work within the framework of the terminology of the field.
  • can make knowledge-based judgments on general scientific issues and communicate these in public.

Admission requirements

Admission to the programme Mathematics - master, requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in Mathematics or equivalent qualification in Mathematics; or another degree following a programme of study of not less than three years' duration, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4.

In addition, specialization in mathematics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits is required.

  • Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: an average grade C as a minimum requirement,
  • Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above-mentioned region/countries: an average grade B as a minimum requirement.

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

The application deadline for self-financing applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.

Teaching and assessment

The Master's degree in Mathematics consists of lectures and coursework. A passing grade on the mandatory homework sets is normally required for permission to take the examination. An oral exam is most common for the Master's degree courses. See the course descriptions for more information. The Master's Thesis is assessed by a committee based on the Thesis itself, an oral presentation of the Thesis and an oral exam.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction and syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

The Master's Thesis may also be written either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Job prospectives

The Master's of Science in Mathematics degree provides a solid foundation in mathematics and its applications. It provides an appropriate qualification for careers in industry, technology, finance and information technology. The degree also provides the mathematical knowledge necessary for teaching in secondary schools and further studies in mathematics.

Access to further studies

On successful completion of the degree program, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD-program in Mathematics at the University of Tromsø or elsewhere.

Exchange possibilities

After an agreement with the department, a period of study abroad can be arranged in the first or second term of the program.

The Department of mathematics and statistics recommends our exchange agreements with

  • University of Primorska, Slovenia and
  • University of Saskatchewan, Canada

There are also possibilities through open Erasmus agreements and other open international exchange programmes at UiT.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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