How does a bank check whether your digital signature is a valid one? Do planets move in stable orbits or will they eventually collide? How can a 3D-sphere within the 3D-figures be characterized?
The mathematics behind these questions is dealt with in the Master's degree programme in Mathematics. The objective of the Master's degree in Mathematics is to teach you the mathematical knowledge, skills and attitude needed to pursue a professional (research) career.
You will gain specialized mathematical knowledge in selected areas such as algebra and geometry, dynamical systems and analysis, and statistics probability theory. Furthermore, you will learn how to solve a problem by using abstraction and modelling and to find scientific literature on the subject. You will be able to determine whether the problem can be solved by using existing mathematical theory or whether new theory should be developed. Finally, you will learn how to present mathematical results in written and oral form, for both specialized and general audiences.
The Master's programme in Mathematics offers four specialisations:
* * Algebra and Geometry
* * Dynamical Systems and Analysis
* * Statistics and Probability
* * Science, Business and Policy
A Master's degree in Mathematics opens up many job opportunities. During the Master's programme, you will learn to think in a logical, systematic and problem-oriented way. These qualities are highly appreciated by employers. If you want to work in a company you can find employment at, for instance, banks, insurance companies, the consultancy branch and research and development departments of companies like Philips, TNO, Gasunie, Ericsson and LogicaCMG.
You can start a scientific career as a PhD student at a university. This means working for four years on a research project and writing a thesis. After successfully defending this thesis, you will be awarded a PhD degree. Afterwards you can continue your career at a university or start a career in a company.
* Work for multinationals such as TNO and Philips
* Start an academic career
Specialisations / Tracks
* Algebra and Geometry (specialization)
* Dynamical Systems and Analysis (specialization)
* Statistics and Probability (specialization)
2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.
* Study abroad is recommended
* For an average of 20 weeks
* Maximum of 60 EC
Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelors, Masters and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.
NVAO (nl) until December 31, 2014