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specialised tracks
to choose from

Become a desired Mathematician

This research oriented Master’s will provide you with a rich toolkit of creative problem solving skills that will turn you into a desired scientist, both in and outside academia. You will dive deep into mathematics, develope genuine research skills in pure, applied and industrial areas and learn to think out of the box. 

Choose from an exceptional list of courses

This Master's is part of the national Mastermath Programme, a collaboration of Dutch Mathematics Departments who joined efforts to enhance their Master's programmes. Due to this collaboration you can benefit from an exceptional list of mathematical courses, offered either by Utrecht University or another Dutch University. Check the courses page for more information and a full overview of the courses you can choose from.

Why Utrecht?

We combine our course offerings with personal and small-scale teaching, including:

  • a lively colloquium with distinguished international speakers;
  • research training in small group projects in pure-, applied- and industrial mathematics;
  • a unique special training in using historical sources;
  • student seminars in which you practice your own scientific presentation skills; 
  • collective learning of very advanced topics in pure or applied mathematics.

Personalize your Master's: choose your track

Within this Master's you can choose from 6 different tracks, allowing you to tailor the programme to your own personal interest. 

You can also choose to do a Research project in History of Mathematics

Double Master Degree

If you are up for it, you can also opt for a double Master's degree by combining this Master's with another Master's from the Graduate School of Natural Sciences (e.g. Theoretical Physics, Climate Physics or Computing Science). 

Programme objective

The Mathematical Sciences programme will prepare you for a challenging career, either in or outside academia. Mathematicians are desired employees in today's job market since they can easily deal with complex problems and large data sets in an abstract way. About 40% of our students continue with a PhD in mathematics or related research areas such as imaging or physics (in recent years at Harvard, London, Oxford, Stanford, etc). Many find employment in a research oriented environment at governments or in industry. Work fields include risk analysis, security, forensics, consultancy, data analytics, IT, logistics and more.


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Mathematische Wetenschappen
  • Programme: Mathematical Sciences
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
  • September
  • February
Application deadline:
  • February: Dutch & EU/EER students: 15 October
  • February: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 September
  • September: Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • September: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Graduate school:
Natural Sciences