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Study programme

This two-year Master's programme focuses on questions from all major branches of advanced modern mathematics, pure as well as applied. It allows you to specialise in the area of your interest, while broadening your knowledge in general. Specifically, you choose one of the five specialisations, each offering a large number of courses.

Specialisations

  •  Algebra and Geometry
  •  Analysis and Dynamical Systems
  • Discrete Mathematics and Quantum Information
  •  Mathematical Physics
  • Stochastics

Curriculum

The curriculum is as follows:

  • Five courses from your specialisation (around 38 EC)
  • Master Seminar (6 EC)
  • Elective courses (40 EC)
  • Master's project (36 EC)

You may choose more courses from your specialisation but also courses from another specialisation, and even selected courses from related Master's programme's such as Physics, Econometrics, or Logic. These can be local UvA courses or also Mastermath courses. The offer is in constant flux in order to modernise mathematical content and also to meet the demands of the continually and rapidly changing world.

For detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses, please see the UvA Course Catalogue via the link below. 

Master Seminars

During the first year of your programme you participate in one of the three Master Seminars related to your specialisation direction:

  • Algebra and Geometry (including Mathematical Physics),
  • Stochastics,              
  • Analysis and Dynamical Systems

The Master Seminars are led by active researchers, and form the link between your Master's programme and mathematical research in Amsterdam. The Master Seminars comprise presentations of local staff on their research interests, of graduating students on their thesis project, of the participating students on research literature studied in groups and of alumni and potential employers.

Mastermath

As part of your Master's programme you participate in the national Mastermath network. Students can choose courses from a broad offering of national Master's and PhD level courses,  taught at different centrally located Dutch universities. These joint courses offer students the highest quality of instruction and open up opportunities for tailoring your programme to your personal mathematical interest and interaction with students at other institutes of mathematics.

Local Master's courses

Staff members of the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics teach local Master's courses in all specialisation directions on topics touching on current research developments. The Master's programmes are offered in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which allows you to also follow local Master's courses there.

Master's project

You will conclude your Master's programme with a research project. You conduct this project within a research group of the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics under personal guidance of a staff member. It is also possible to combine the Master's project with an internship in a company or at a governmental organisation. Halfway your project, you present your progress at one of the Master Seminars. Your work includes writing a Master's thesis, and giving a final presentation about your entire project in the presence of your supervisor, an independent second reviewer, and all interested.

Accreditation and title

This Master's programme has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme (a total of 120 EC), you will receive a legally recognised Master's degree in Mathematics and the title of Master of Science (MSc).

Mathematics and Econometrics

Mathematics has always been intimately connected with other disciplines, among which Econometrics. Unique at UvA is the double Master's degree programme that enables you to obtain the degrees in both Mathematics and Econometrics. This programme is offered by the Amsterdam School of Economics of the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Graduate School of Science the Faculty of Science.

Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Are you fascinated by abstract mathematics and theoretical physics? The three-year double Master's degree programme in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the UvA gives you the opportunity to study both fields and to search for answers to deeply fundamental questions. Completing this study programme will put you in the unique position to be able to communicate high-level research between these areas. 

Majors and Minors

At the UvA  you can choose to do your Master's programme with a society-/ business-oriented major or minor that focuses on other skills than doing research. In this case you will follow the programme of your chosen scientific discipline during the first year of your Master's (although slightly adjusted), and a society-/ business-oriented major or minor during the second year. You will graduate as a Master of Science. If you have the ambition to do a professional specialisation make sure to inform about conditions early in your Master's programme.   

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in the Mathematical master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. More information on specific system requirements can be found here