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Masters Degrees in Mathematical Methods, Netherlands

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Why does one car have more air resistance than another? How can a satellite be kept in an orbit around the earth? Applied mathematicians provide the necessary theoretical background to such questions. Read more
Why does one car have more air resistance than another? How can a satellite be kept in an orbit around the earth? Applied mathematicians provide the necessary theoretical background to such questions.

Applied Mathematics is concerned with the development and exploitation of mathematical tools for the analysis and control of technological problems. Mathematical modelling of the problem at hand plays a basic role, followed by (numerical) analysis and (computer) simulation. Interaction with other disciplines and with specialists in the fields of application is essential.

Two specialisations

- Systems and control
This specialisation deals with the mathematics behind designing stable controllers for satellites, purification plants or more general technical processes. Questions that arise include: is it possible to suppress perturbations in a system? Or, how can one stabilize and control a system without causing shocks?

- Computational science and numerical mathematics
This specialisation emphasizes modelling, analysis and the simulation of fluid flow problems. Although the applications can be quite diverse, the basic mathematical methods are much the same. If you are capable of computing the flow of air, you are able to predict the weather, and to design cars and aeroplanes. People who can simulate the flow of water can compute the optimal shape of ships, harbours and dikes.

Why in Groningen?

- Typical for Applied Mathematic in Groningen: the connection between mathematical theory and real-life problems
- You can combine courses from both Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
- Courses include related fields, e.g. Econometrics and Physics
- Internship and research opportunities

Job perspectives

A Master's degree in Applied Mathematics opens up many job opportunities. During the Master's programme you will learn to think in a logical, systematic, and problem-oriented way in a multidisciplinary environment. After having finished the programme you will be able to apply mathematics to a technical problem, and hence to work at the interface between theory and practice. These qualities are highly appreciated by employers.

Job opportunities are available in industrial companies, research institutes, as well as in universities. Examples of companies looking for applied mathematicians include Gasunie, Philips, Stork, Shell, Corus, KPN and small engineering bureaus. Examples of research institutes are the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR, the picture on these pages comes from the NLR), WL/Delft Hydraulics, KNMI and TNO.You can start a university career by working as a PhD student, which means working for four years on a research project and writing a thesis. After having successfully defended this thesis, you will be awarded a PhD degree. Afterwards you can continue an academic career or start a career in industry.

Job examples

- Research institutes
- Engineering bureaus
- Industrial companies
- Universities

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The Algebra and Topology section is an active research group consisting of renowned experts covering a remarkably broad range of topics. Read more

Master's specialisation in Algebra and Topology

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

Admission requirements for international students

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
- Algebra
- Analysis
- Topology
- Geometry
- 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

Career prospects

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.

Job positions

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
- Consultant
- ICT developer / software developer
- Policy maker
- Analyst

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.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/algebratopology

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