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  • Foreign: $ 10.4k / Year
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    Applied Mathematics is oriented to technology and practical applications. Applied Mathematics teaches you to construct mathematical models to solve mathematical problems and to analyse the results.

    Mathematics is a multifaceted subject. Applied Mathematics focuses on using mathematics in practical situations. If you are interested in calculations that are placed in a technical context, this is the degree programme for you.

    Whereas the Mathematics degree is concerned with abstract matters, the emphasis in the Applied Mathematics programme is on practical applications. One example is computing the flows of water, air or blood. Other examples are operating systems for robots, aeroplanes and satellites. The ability to think in an abstract way is still important – when you study Applied Mathematics, you also learn how to structure your reasoning and draw conclusions.

    The University of Groningen offers degree programmes in Mathematics as well as Applied Mathematics. Year 1 is largely the same for both Bachelor's programmes. You gradually work towards your specialization. In the Applied Mathematics programme you learn how to make simulation models and use them to make predictions.

    Job perspectives

    Applied Mathematics consists of a broad Bachelor's programme, after which you can specialize with a Master's degree programme. You can then continue in the academic world or opt for a career in the business world either in the Netherlands or abroad! Research, advising or teaching… there are many fields open to you!


    After you finished your study in Applied Mathematics you have many opportunities to start a career in the business sector. For example at an insurance company, or at a consultancy bureau. Multinationals like Shell, Philips and ABN Amro are welcoming Apllied Mathematicians enthusiastically. But smaller and middle-sized enterprises are also increasingly hiring Applied Mathematicians.


    When you have your Master's degree you can carry out PhD research at a university. Your Master's degree will also qualify you for positions with research institutes such as TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) and the KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute).

    Job examples

    • Researcher
    • Analyst
    • Financial positions
    • Teacher

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Dutch students - May 01, 2015; EU/EEA students - June 01, 2015; non-EU/EEA students - April 15, 2015 Tuition fee
    • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 10400 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Programme scheduleCourses year 1
    • And more course units, up to 60 ECTS each year
    • Calculus 1,2,3
    • Computer-assisted problem-solving
    • Linear algebra 1,2
    • Orientation on BSc Applied mathematics or BSc Mathematics specialisations
    • Probability theory
    • Propaedeutic project
    Courses year 2
    • Complex analysis
    • Course units of 60 ECTS each year
    • Fluid dynamics
    • Numerical mathematics
    • Partial differential equations
    • Project mathematical physics
    • Project systems theory
    Courses year 3
    • Bachelor's Project
    • Calculus of sariations and optimal control
    • Computational methods of science
    • Course units of 60 ECTS each year
    • Electives, e.g.: Control Engineering, Imperative Programming, Chaos Theory, Geometry
    • Mathematical modelling
    • Project dynamical systems

    The Groningen science and engineering programmes stand out for their academic excellence. The work pace in the first year is generally high and the courses contents demanding. The first year curriculum concentrates on laying a sound basis for our engineering and natural science disciplines. This allows our students to chooise their specialisation tracks already in their second Bachelor's year.

    Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

    Study abroad

    • Study abroad is optional
    • Maximum of 30 EC

    (Binding) study advice

    • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months ( binding )
    • Get your propedeutic diploma in the first 24 months ( binding )

    You will be offered study advice after first and second years of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

    In addition, you are also expected to pass all your first-year exams by the end of your second year of study. If you don't, you will be issued a negative result and will have to leave the degree programme.You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand.

    Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

    N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 92

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    Specific requirements / More information

    • additional subject


    This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

    • knowledge minimum

    What if you do not meet the admissions requirements?

    We offer a foundation year for students who do not meet the admissions requirements, in association with the Holland International Study Centre. The Foundation year will help you develop your academic skills and English language to the required standard, after which you can progress to the first year of your Bachelor's programme.

    More information can be found at:

    • language test

    Proof of English proficiency is required: TOEFL IBT score of 92, a TOEFL CBT score of 237, a TOEFL PBT score of 580, an IELTS score of 6.5, a CAE or CPE certificate.

    MAKE SURE TO VISIT for all the necessary information about required language tests.

    • previous education

    Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

    This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc Application Procedure' pages at:

    • other admission requirements


    Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Groningen.


    The university is committed to recognizing excellence in academic achievement through offering a number of scholarships for international students and researchers. Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.

    Besides scholarships awarded by the University of Groningen, a number of grants awarded by the Dutch government, the EU and (inter)national organizations, such as World Bank or the Ford Foundation, can be used for study or research at the University of Groningen as well.

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