Mathematics is part of day-to-day life of using your debit card and navigating with GPS, just as much as making calculations in physics or chemistry or working out the pot odds in an important hand of poker. The two-year MSc in Mathematics programme at Aarhus University is open to students from higher education institutions both in Denmark and abroad.
The admission requirement is a BSc degree in Mathematics with a content equivalent to the BSc degree in Mathematics taught at Aarhus University, but a BSc degree with a high content of mathematics can also qualify, subject to individual assessment of the degree.
RESEARCH IS FUNDAMENTAL
Teaching at the university is greatly influenced by the research conducted here, as the lecturers are active researchers. The MSc thesis, written during the final year of the programme, carries considerable weight, and in this context students benefit from the informal atmosphere between staff and students. When writing the thesis, students have excellent opportunities to be connected with a group of researchers, so as to be able to participate in the groups research projects and scientific discussions. Students can specialise in a subject within a broad area, including one of the three areas of mathematics in which Aarhus University is particularly strong: algebra and combinatorics, analysis, and geometry and topology.
Studying in the Department of Mathematics, a canteen, computer rooms, a library, a bookshop, recreational areas and study areas are at your disposal. As an MSc student, you can have your own desk in the library, or if preferred in a shared office with other MSc students. There is also time for more than just lessons. A number of student organisations such as Eulers Venner (Eulers Friends) and the Kalkulerbar (Friday bar) are based at the department and organise academic activities, study trips, celebrations and social functions.
There are also student associations at the university where students meet to discuss issues relating to the degree programme and to influence academic content, from department and centre level up to top-management level.
A mathematics degree is the key to a huge variety of careers. Aarhus University educates mathematicians for both Danish and international job markets. Graduates from the Department of Mathematics find work across a wide range of fields and institutions in finance, communication or the wind-power industry in the private sector, as well as teaching in Danish high school. A high proportion of our MSc graduates stay on in academia as PhD students at Aarhus University, elsewhere in Denmark, or abroad.
The Masters degree in mathematics counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the mathematics field of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the Department of Mathematical Sciences by choosing courses from a course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelors degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.
At the University of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professors office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.
The teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures in small groups, and this introduces new angles to the material compared with the textbooks. You also receive extensive guidance in how to work with examples and projects, and you are given a personal supervisor in connection with your thesis.
The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts even in jobs you didnt know you were qualified for.
The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 24 weeks.
If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelors degree and one year of your Masters degree or when you have completed your Masters degree. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.