­The Master’s programme in Applied Mathematics has three specializations. When applying for the programme, you will choose one of these specializations – with the necessary freedom to tailor courses to your personal interests and ambitions. In consultation with the specialization coordinator, you will compose the Master’s programme that best matches your wishes and future plans.

Programme structure

This Master’s programme consists of 120 EC (credits), with 1 EC representing 28 hours of study. Here’s how the programme is structured:

  • Three compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • A set of specialization and a set of elective courses (total of 45 EC)
  • An internship (20 EC)
  • A Master’s assignment (40 EC), the subject of which often originates from a research theme associated with the relevant chair; a Master’s assignment can also be based on a research assignment for an external organization.

Which specialization suits your interests?

When applying for the programme, you will choose one of these specializations:

Operations Research (OR)

How do you make a complete residential area energy neutral? How should an Operating Room schedule in a hospital be designed? How do you optimize business processes? How to model 5G? These are just a few of the issues addressed in this specialization. In OR you will learn how to design mathematical methods that allow the team you work in to find optimal solutions.

Mathematical Systems theory, applied Analysis and Computational Science (SACS)

How can diabetics always keep their blood sugar at a certain level? How can computer simulations help to identify brain regions causing symptoms of epilepsy? How do you determine the exact moment at which a machine needs maintenance without wasting production time? In this specialization you will delve deeper into systems theory, applied analysis and computational science. You will also explore related fields of application, such as life sciences, control theory, material sciences, and geo sciences. You will learn to develop new models and apply existing ones to improve our understanding of processes.

Mathematics of Data Science (MD)

How can you predict when something goes viral on Twitter by modelling social media networks? How to choose the most suitable location for a new fire station based on available data from the region? And when is data actually usable? In this specialization you will apply mathematical models and algorithms to analyse data, draw conclusions and make decisions. You will learn about new developments in fields such as machine learning, big data and statistics. Most importantly, you will learn about the underlying mathematics.

Teaching degree

This Master’s programme offers the option of obtaining a first-level teaching degree. Did you already complete the Minor ‘Leren lesgeven’ in your Bachelor’s programme? Then completing the Master’s programme with a teaching degree included will only take you six additional months of studying.

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