Mathematics in Nijmegen: From Applied Stochastics to Infinity-Categories
The Master's programme in Mathematics at Radboud University offers you a thorough theoretical training, while maintaining a clear perspective on concrete applications whenever appropriate. Its wide scope, which ranges from medical statistics to the mathematical foundations of computer science, physics and even mathematics itself, reflects the diversity of research at the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics (IMAPP).
Mathematical research of course stands on its own, as is notably the case with the large group in algebraic topology led by Spinoza laureate Ieke Moerdijk. In addition, within IMAPP, researchers link with high-energy physics, including Higgs physics and quantum gravity. Outside IMAPP but within the Faculty of Science, there are close ties with the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (ICIS) (think of logic and category theory) and outside the Faculty of Science (but within Radboud University) researchers at both the Donders Institute for Neurosciences and the University Medical Center collaborate with the applied stochastics group.
Specialisations within the Master's Programme in Mathematics
- Algebra & Topology
- Applied Stochastics
- Mathematical Physics
- Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science
Mathematicians are needed in all industries, including the industrial, banking, technology and service industry and also within management, consultancy and education. 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 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 initially not seem very relevant. This makes your job opportunities very broad indeed 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
- PhD positions
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.