Programme guidelines

1. The master’s programme is divided into two specialisations. Each student chooses a specialisation and – within that specialisation – a course programme consisting of units of study

2. The master’s programme is a two-year programme. The curriculum for transfer students (who have a bachelor’s degree in Technical Mathematics from a Dutch university) consists of the following elements:

a) Continuous Optimization (6 EC) and Scientific Computing (6)

b) Philosophy of Engineering 5 EC.

c) In addition for the OR specialisation a minimum of three courses out of a list of six have to be chosen; in addition for the SACS specialisation three core courses are obligatory

d) a minimum of 12 EC in national courses (offered via;

e) electives so that the total number of EC’s adds up to at least 60;

f) 20 EC traineeship and 40 EC final project.

g) In addition to the master’s courses offered as part of the programme at the university, there are national courses offered and coordinated by the Mathematics Coordination Group. See for a list of these. The examination rules and prerequisites are also posted on this website.

Alternative academic programmes are permitted in the second year:

A combined traineeship and final project (60 EC), subject to a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7 external months.

The rules and procedures for approval of the own course programme.


Students can create part of their own course programme using the units of study offered, with due observance of the provisions of the Education and Examination Regulations. Your course programme must be approved by the Master coordinator and graduation supervisor. For students entering the programme through an alternative route, this is done at the start of studies, while transfer students must have an approved course programme by the time that they have gained at most 18 EC’s. The Master coordinator is entitled to approve a later change to the programme that is not to exceed 6 credits without the course programme approval procedure needing to be repeated. The units of study comprising the course programmes are annually determined for new students and, if necessary, changed for students further along in the degree programme. Each specialisation is handled separately. This includes the scope and interrelation of units of study and the schedule of interim examinations. If changes are made, a transitional arrangement will apply to cohorts further along in the degree programme.


The schedule of interim examinations is posted on the website. Descriptions of subjects and their examination methods and prerequisites are provided at Black Board and Osiris.


Students can also compile their own course programme (independent master’s programme). A course programme like this requires the approval of the Master coordinator, graduation supervisor and the Examination Board. Before approving this programme, the Examination Board may confer with the programme committee.


The master programme for transfer students may contain a maximum of 10 EC in subjects of bachelor level (from outside mathematics education) if expertise in that area is so desired, for example in the final project.

International students and non-UT BSc students

Students entering the programme through an alternative route may not use more than 20 EC from bachelor level courses to satisfy the programme requirements. They are explicitly encouraged to include common subjects in their study programme, which may be replaced by ‘easier’ versions from the bachelor’s programme