Study Programme

Mathematical Sciences is a two-year research oriented programme (120 EC). EC stands for European Credits, where 1 EC equals 28 hours of work.


The programme is build around 6 tracks focusing either on Fundamental Mathematics or Mathematical Modelling. Upon enrolment you must select 1 track to determine the focus of your programme.

The curriculum of the programme is made up of a 75 EC course part divided over year 1 and the beginning of year 2, and a 45 EC research part in the rest of year 2.

Course part (75 EC)

The course part consists of:

  • 3 compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • 8 elective courses (60 EC)


The course list of this programme consists of compulsory courses (dependent on your track choice) and elective courses. View the course list to get a good impression of the options (rather than an exhaustive or definite overview).  

Educational profile

If you are passionate about sharing your knowledge, and you would consider a career as a teacher in secondary education, this profile might be right for you. The Educational Profile (30 EC) is offered by the Graduate School of Teaching (GST) and can be taken as part of this Master’s programme. The Educational profile consists of a couple of courses within the GST and an internship at a school. This profile complements coursework and a research project in the History of Mathematics well.
More information about this profile.

Research part (45 EC)

In your second year, you’ll devote the majority of your time to a research project.

Your research project can be carried out in the Mathematical Institute or in a company in the Netherlands or abroad. You will plan and conduct your own research in one of the specializations under the supervision of a staff member, and possibly with the help of an external tutor. You’ll report on your research in your Master’s thesis.


  • Written or oral exams
  • Organising a research seminar

Extra opportunities

Utrecht University offers several programmes for students looking for an extra challenge. These programmes are followed on top of your regular Master’s programme and go beyond the regular curriculum. Do you want to know more about extracurricular opportunities? 

Read more about the honours programmes