Master of Mathematical Engineering (Leuven)


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Program Description

Without mathematical tools, there would be no internet search engines, no weather forecast, no security in banking. Mathematical models and techniques play an important role in automatic pilot technologies, the analysis of complex data, the design of quieter cars, the optimization of wind farms and, medical scanners. In the contemporary world, mathematics is a critical component of many applications because of the increasing levels of complexity and higher demands from customers and socio-economic conditions.

What's the program all about?

Just how does an autopilot work? How do you determine the value of financial products such as options? How can one find abnormalities in brain images caused by epileptic seizures? Mathematical techniques have proven crucial for the efficient treatment of the underpinning data that answers these questions, providing fast and accurate simulation and optimization. The Master in Mathematical Engineering will equip you to with the fundamental expertise necessary to handle, optimize and control data for the application of solutions to contemporary problems.

The emphasis is not on abstract mathematical theory, but on the application, the design, analysis, implementation, and use of mathematical models and algorithms in order to solve mathematical problems from industry.

Program outline

The program’s primary component is the core technical education, covering a variety of advanced topics in mathematics, process control, system identification, numerical optimization, numerical simulation of differential equations, scientific software, cryptography, and project-based learning, where students solve a problem that requires a combination of the knowledge and skills taught during the core education.

Secondarily, the students choose from a suite of elective courses to complement the core education. Selecting courses from multiple tracks provide a broad overview of the mathematical techniques and applications in engineering science. The elective courses include technical courses on mathematical approaches, as well as courses that are taught on other master’s programs that focus on modeling and the application of these mathematical techniques.


  • A broad range of elective courses allows the freedom to develop an individual study program that’s tuned to your interest.
  • The master is supported by high-quality research that has led to several spin-off companies, fulfilling a variety of applications in the real world.
  • The program is organized by the Departments Of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and students are able to use the computer infrastructure of both departments.
  • Students will become familiar with different fields of research which broadens their outlook and skill set.

Is this the right program for me?

  • You have acquired fundamental training in mathematics and the sciences.
  • You are familiar with the engineering approach of problem-solving.
  • You are interested in bridging mathematical models and design methods used in industry and services.

Career Opportunities

Many small, dynamic, young companies are active in the field of mathematical engineering, but even big players in materials, chemistry, automotive, aerospace, biomedical industries, as well as finance, are increasingly interested in mathematical engineering thanks to the ever-increasing complexity of mathematical models and ever more stringent environmental standards and comfort expectations.

Many of our young graduates start their careers in the R&D departments of high-tech companies or matriculate into one of the university’s Ph.D. programs. Whichever option they choose, our graduates find themselves at the center of an in-demand industry with sought after skills and abilities.

Start your career, during your studies

During your bachelor's and master's program you can already shape your own profile by choosing a certain specialization, studying abroad (Erasmus), doing a work placement, or starting your own business.

The Student Career Center is happy to put you on the right track towards your first work experience. The center also coaches you in the search for an interesting job and helps you with job interviews. For students wanting to start their own business KU Leuven also has Lcie, the KU Leuven community that encourages students with innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

Don’t know where to start? The Student Career Center's databases contain offers for jobs, volunteer work, innovation projects, and student jobs. You can also visit one of the events organized by the Career Center.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

KU Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal. All programmes at this University are based on the innovative research of its scientists and professors and are ranked ... Read More

KU Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal. All programmes at this University are based on the innovative research of its scientists and professors and are ranked among the top 100 in the world. Read less
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