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The Bachelor's programme Applied Mathematics

Mathematics plays a decisive role in any calculation or model – though perhaps not always on the foreground. The Bachelor’s programme in Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente is all about the application of mathematics in practical situations. As an Applied Mathematics graduate you will have numerous career possibilities in the business world, government and in scientific research. Learn more about Applied Mathematics and our students.

We also offer a master's programme (MSc.) in Applied Mathematics.

Programme overview

Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Certification: BSc
3 years
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
English taught
Starting date
1 September 2017
1 September 2018
1 September 2019
On student request
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme

What is Applied Mathematics?

Applied Mathematics, endless applications

Mathematics plays a vital role in many areas of society. In the past, mathematics was mainly used to solve engineering and physics-related problems, but nowadays we can do much more with it. For instance, mathematics is used to solve social issues, like healthcare logistics. The great thing is that the possibilities for applying mathematics are endless.

Discover new insights and solutions for making the world a better place

When you study Applied Mathematics, you will discover that mathematics is a great tool for solving engineering problems and issues that affect our society. This is why the discipline can be referred to as Technical Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. There are countless situations in which mathematics can be used: for weather forecasts, for creating traffic routes through cities or in aviation, and for arranging timetables for public transport. Technicians, medics and directors consult with mathematicians in order to capture their problems in mathematical models. With solutions derived from mathematics, mathematicians can provide new and better insights and workable answers to practical problems. Mathematics is a broad area of study that is in continuous development. This means that there are constantly new questions to answer – in fields as wide-ranging as the environment, atomization and the medical world.

Mathematical models for practical problems

In the Bachelor's programme Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente you will learn how to make use of mathematical instruments in the engineering and medical worlds, in banking and insurance, in the environment and in traffic. By simplifying practical problems and planning mathematical models based on them, you will reformulate these problems in such a way that they become mathematically solvable. Based on these models, you will make calculations, simulate the situation and compare the outcomes with reality. Computers are indispensable in this field, of course. Because you will often look beyond the boundaries of your own discipline as an Applied Mathematics student, you will acquire an understanding of many areas in which mathematics are applied. This is why subjects like Industrial Engineering and Management, Applied Physics and Technical Computer Science will make up a large part of your programme.

Applied Mathematics in Twente

A focus on mathematical applications

Compared to Bachelor's programmes at other universities, the University of Twente's emphasis is on practical application. With our Applied Mathematics programme, you will learn how to systematically develop good, viable solutions for technological and social problems. You will receive a solid theoretical foundation, but you also need to be knowledgeable in other areas in order to practically apply mathematics. As opposed to 'pure' mathematics studies at non-technical universities, our programme focuses on advanced applications. Because of this, you will later be well equipped to work alongside scientists from other disciplines.

The future lies in cooperation

The Applied Mathematics course at the University of Twente provides the best preparation for the international environment that you will later work in. Our programme is structured according to the internationally recognized Bachelor and Master's system. Our practice-led educational system is unique. In each ten-week module, all lectures, practicals and projects are centred on one theme – giving you all the information you need to solve the assignments given you in your project team.

A smart study structure

Another important feature of the Applied Mathematics degree at the University of Twente is the so-called modelleerlijn (learning model). This model reinforces the applied nature of the programme and has become one of its main characteristics. Every year the problems you tackle will be more realistic and complex than they were the previous year. The climax will be your Bachelor's thesis in the last year of your Bachelor's programme.

Double degree programme

Are you looking for an extra challenge? Or are you not yet sure what you want to study? Don’t worry. You can choose to do two degrees at the same time. At the University of Twente you can chose a double degree in Technical Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, or in Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics.

Will you become an inspiring mathematics teacher?

Do you want to get young people excited about mathematics? The Applied Mathematics Bachelor offers excellent possibilities for becoming a mathematics teacher. To do this, you can follow the educational branch of the Applied Mathematics Bachelor. This way you will not only become well-versed in your subject matter, but you will also acquire didactical skills. With an education-focused Bachelor's degree, you will be qualified to teach at secondary schools, having the required second-degree teaching certificate. If you want to teach the upper levels of havo and vwo as well, you need a first-degree teaching qualification. To obtain this, you can complete the Science Education and Communication Master's programme at the University of Twente. If you already have an Educational Bachelor's degree, you can get a first-degree teaching certificate with the Master's in Applied Mathematics as well.

A SMALL SCALE programme

Compared to other programmes, the Bachelor's in Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente is not very big. We start every year with around forty students. This obviously means that the course has a very personal aspect. No one is a number here and we all know each other.

More information about Applied Mathematics

In modern society, sometimes without even realizing it, we are surrounded by things that could not exist without mathematics. Just think of mobile communication, GPS, electronics in cars and data security protocols. Mathematics also plays an important role in issues of sustainability and in the healthcare sector.

As a mathematical engineer, you will model and analyze problems from a technical, physical, biological or economic angle. Your ability to grasp abstractions will help you to identify the common denominator in problems that seem to be totally different, and you will be able to make significant contributions to a wide variety of fields. Mathematical engineers are employed by the research departments of technology companies, government agencies, banks and insurance companies. Many also work in education.

Mathematics can be used to solve problems in all kinds of areas that never used to be viewed from a mathematical perspective. New challenges await in the fields of automation, healthcare and the environment. Innovation in these fields requires all sorts of new theories. So if you are more theoretically inclined, the Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente has plenty to offer.

Are you going to be an agent of change using mathematics to solve practical problems? Then you will surely be interested in studying Applied Mathematics. Take a look at some of our students' experiences and each year's study programme. You can also come and be a Student for a Day. It is a great way to find out whether you will feel at home among our students and whether Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente is the right course for you.

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