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    14 August 2019

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 characterised?

The mathematics behind these questions is dealt within your Master's degree programme.

Mathematics in Groningen consists of a group of 20 internationally acclaimed mathematical researchers. Besides the well-known dynamical systems group, the mathematics department also has a very strong algebra & geometry and statistics & probability profile. During your 2-year Master programme you will be embedded in the research groups of your choice.

During the Master's degree in Mathematics we will teach you the mathematical knowledge, skills and attitude needed to pursue a professional or research career. You will gain specialised 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 specialised and general audiences.

The Master's degree programme in Mathematics offers three tracks:

  • Mathematics and Complex Dynamical Systems:
  • This Master track concerns algebra, geometry, analysis, dynamical systems theory and mathematical physics.
  • Statistics and Big Data:
  • In this Master track the focus is on modern developments in statistical inference, such as high-dimensional inference and statistical network modelling, as well as data science, such as machine learning and neural networks.
  • Science, Business and Policy

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • Rated best degree programme in its field and awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label (Keuzegids Masters 2017)
  • For a career in science or a company
  • Acquired skills highly appreciated by employers
  • Informal community, small classes
  • Your own large-scale research project
  • Best master programme Mathematics in the Netherlands according to Elsevier
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike

After your studies

A Master's degree in Mathematics opens up many job opportunities. During your Master's programme you will learn to think in a logical and systematic way. These qualities are highly appreciated by employers. Students of our Master programme have found employment at banks, insurance companies, the consultancy branch and research and development departments of companies like Philips, TNO, Gasunie, Ericsson and LogicaCMG.

With a Master's degree in Mathematics you can also pursue 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 higher-level career in a company.

Job examples

  • Work for multinationals such as TNO and Philips
  • Start an academic career
  • Analyst at bank or insurance company
  • Consultant

Visit the Mathematics MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!




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