The Algebra and Topology section is an active research group consisting of renowned experts covering a remarkably broad range of topics. The group consists of two full professors (I. Moerdijk, Spinoza Laureate 2012, and B. Moonen), four permanent members, and a large number of post-docs and PhD students. More information about the research activities of the group can be found at http://www.math.ru.nl/topology.
The section offers a Master's specialisation in Algebra in Topology, which is a 2-year programme aimed at students with an interest in pure mathematics and its applications.
The Master's programme has a strong focus on current research developments. It introduces students to a broad range of techniques and concepts that play a central role in modern mathematics. In addition to providing a strong theoretical basis, the programme offers excellent opportunities for a further specialisation focusing on applications of pure mathematics or on interactions with other fields.
The programme offers courses in Algebra, Topology, Geometry, Number Theory, and Logic and Computation. There are strong interactions with other Master's specialisations at Radboud University, notably the ones in Mathematical Physics and in Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science.
In addition, the programme offers a variety of seminars from beginning Master's level to research level. Moreover, students have the possibility to incorporate courses from related programmes (e.g. Mathematical Physics and Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science into their programme, as well as individual reading courses. Each student concludes his programme by studying a special topic and writing a Master's thesis about it.
Excellent students having completed this Master's programme or a similar programme elsewhere can in principle continue and enrol in the PhD Programme, but admission for this is limited and highly selective.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/algebratopology
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or related area
Entering the Master’s programme in Mathematics requires a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics that is the equivalent to a Dutch university diploma (this does not include a Bachelor’s from a university of applied science, in Dutch hbo; in German Fachhochschule). That means we expect you to have a solid background in the core areas groups, rings, fields and topology. We expect students to have passed core mathematics courses during their Bachelor’s in:
The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required mathematical knowledge to be admitted. The Examination Board will also indicate if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.
- Basic notions in Mathematics
- Linear Algebra
- Differential Equations
2. A proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
- An IELTS score of ≥6.5
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
Mathematicians are needed in all industries, including the banking, technology and service industries, amongst many others. A Master’s in Mathematics will show prospective employers that you have perseverance, patience and an eye for detail as well as a high level of specialised analytical and problem-solving skills.
The skills learned during your Master’s will help you find jobs even in areas where your specialised mathematical knowledge may not seem initially relevant. This makes your job opportunities very broad and is why many graduates of a Master’s in Mathematics find work very quickly.
Possible careers for mathematicians include:
- Researcher (at research centres or within corporations)
- Teacher (at all levels from middle school to university)
- Risk model validator
- ICT developer / software developer
- Policy maker
Radboud University annually has a few PhD positions for graduates of a Master’s in Mathematics. A substantial part of our students attain PhD positions, not just at Radboud University, but at universities all over the world.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/algebratopology
You’ll study interdisciplinary applied mathematics and modern scientific computing, with an emphasis on problem solving. You will gain an understanding of different disciplines and industrial problems. The course links mathematics with engineering, biology and other sciences, and gives students direct contact with industry.
You will develop an awareness of modern applications of mathematics in an interdisciplinary environment. You will get professional level training in mathematical methods, mathematical modelling, scientific computation and other applied techniques, combining both theory and applications.
The course specialises in interdisciplinary applications of mathematics, notably in industry and mathematical biology. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide scope of interdisciplinary units, ranging from astrophysics over cryptography to computational chemistry.
You can choose to do a three month project which can be linked to industry or a six month work placement with a company. The placement route offers a chance to experience first-hand how mathematics can be applied in industry.
You will benefit from the close interactions that the department has with many industrial companies, who come and work with students and help to run projects.
Our graduates have gone on to further research in Lausanne, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, and have taken up academic posts in Malaysia, Sweden, Germany, Canada, US and in the UK.
Recent employers of Bath graduates include British Aerospace, Network Rail, Pfizer, Barclays Capital and Powergen.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 88% of our research in all areas (Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Probability) was rated world leading/internationally excellent. The results of REF 2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
- The most recent assessment of the quality of research being done in academic departments across the UK, (RAE 2008), confirms that our research activity is at the forefront of international excellence
- We have a fully-supported professional placement programme.
- The National Student Survey 2016 - 91% satisfaction with Mathematical Sciences.
Our graduates have gone on to further research in Lausanne, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, and academic posts in Malaysia, Sweden, Germany, Canada, the US and in the UK. Recent employers of Bath graduates include:
MBDA UK Ltd
Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/math-sci/
Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/science/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/