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Course Description

As a mathematician, you are in absolute command of accuracy. Your analytical skills are second to none and your facility with modelling and abstraction knows no peer. Your professional versatility: outstanding. And why? KU Leuven's MSc in Mathematics programme. You'll be taught to explore mathematical and quantitative problems based on scientific analysis, to devise solution, and to supervise their implementation. You'll learn to communicate not only with fellow mathematicians, but also with nonspecialists. And your presentation skills will be sharpened to the finest point, not to mention your fluency with the modern possibilities offered by ICT. KU Leuven and its expert staff offer a research environment able to foster and nurture your talents and to polish you as a fully qualified mathematician, whether in pure or applied mathematics. And then you can explore IT, banking, or insurance sectors. Or perhaps
pursue a PhD in mathematics, mathematical physics, astrophysics, engineering, or other related fields.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


After successful completion of the Master in Mathematics the student is prepared for a professional career in either teaching, research, government or business and industry.

Discipline-related competences
- The student has advanced and in-depth knowledge and understanding of complex theories, models, methods and techniques in a number of areas of pure mathematics and / or applied mathematics.
- The student has knowledge and understanding of current (state-of-the-art) scientific research in one or more areas of mathematics. The student can situate these scientific developments within the discipline.
- The student can analyze independently complex mathematical or scientific problems, build models for those problems and devise appropriate solutions.
- The student has an advanced understanding of the relationship between various areas of mathematics and / or applications of mathematics.
- The student can follow complex mathematical reasoning, assimilate the argumentation critically and devise creatively new proofs and argumentations.
- The student has a critical attitude towards research methods and results, and can analyze, interpret and, if necessary, adjust them.
- When confronted with a rather vague or generally formulated problem, the student is able to define and solve relevant subproblems.
- Based on the knowledge and experience gained from general solution strategies, when dealing with a specific problem, the student can choose a concrete and appropriate solution strategy.
- The student can independently select appropriate ICT tools and use them efficiently when doing mathematical work.
- The student has a critical understanding of the international dimension of mathematical research.
- The student can describe the role of advanced mathematics in a broader social context.

General scientific competences
- The student can build independently on previously acquired scientific knowledge.
- The student can plan and carry out independently a scientific study in one of the areas of mathematics or its applications; he can write down his results in a scientific paper, and he can communicate correctly his findings to both laymen and specialists.
- The student has an inquisitive, interested attitude and has the will and motivation to attain advanced and in depth understanding.
- The student can search independently for new information, critically evaluate it and integrate it with previously acquired knowledge.
- The student can communicate and present research results both orally and in writing and is familiar with the appropriate modern ICT tools for that purpose.

General competences
- The student can reason logically, think and interpret analytically also outside mathematical contexts.
- The student can retrieve information, evaluate it critically and assimilate it..
- The student can think in a systematical, abstracting and structuring way.
- The student can plan, evaluate and adjust his learning process independently.

Option-related competences
Depending on the option chosen (research, professional) the student has additional option-related competences.

Research Option
The learning outcomes for the Research Option relate to a broader and deeper knowledge of some mathematical topics and greater independence in the understanding and presentation of advanced mathematics. The option provides a preparation for possibly starting an advanced research training, usually leading to a PhD or a research position.
- Compared to a student from the other options, a student who has chosen the Research Option, has a broader and deeper knowledge of some mathematical topics that are not directly related with the thesis.
- The student is able to assimilate advanced mathematics fully independently.
- The student is able to distill relevant information from a research seminar..
- The student is more proficient in working on a research task in advanced mathematics and in presenting the results to experts.

Professional Option
The learning outcomes for the Professional Option relate to an in-depth knowledge in an economically relevant application area of mathematics, the mathematical modeling and analysis of business inspired or socially relevant problems and the insights and skills that are relevant in an economic context.
- The student has in-depth knowledge in one or more of the economically relevant applications of mathematics.
- The student can model ans analyze business related or socially relevant problems mathematically.
- The student has insights and skills that are relevant in an economic context.

Career paths
Many mathematicians go on to find employment in industry or in the banking, insurance or IT sectors. Others pursue a career in research and undertake a PhD in mathematics, mathematical physics, astrophysics, engineering, or related fields.

Entry Requirements

Direct access: Bachelor of Mathematics; Bachelor in de wiskunde; Bachelor in de fysica, minor wiskunde. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. For applicants from outside Belgium, comparability of the diploma is not always easily established. Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas are required for all applicants. Additional documentation is required for applicants from other universities as it is impossible for us to reliably assess the comparability. More: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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