Over the centuries, mathematics has made an important contribution to technological progress. It is crucial to research and solve current issues, such as climate problem.
Obviously, parts of the Mathematics degree program are similar to mathematics as it is studied at secondary school. But you will also discover new areas such as algebra (number theory and coding), dynamic systems (how predictable is the weather?) and systems theory. Over the centuries, mathematics has made an important contribution to technological progress. It is still crucial to researching and solving current issues such as the climate problem.
Mathematics is a multifaceted subject and an international bachelor. All courses are taught in English which gives Mathematics in Groningen an extra dimension as many of your fellow students and teachers will come from abroad. Some people choose to study Mathematics because its diversity appeals to them. Others perceive the social relevance of mathematics and choose to do research. And there are students who enjoy Mathematics precisely because it involves solving abstract problems.
Within the Mathematics program, you can choose between General Mathematics and Probability & Statistics. In General Mathematics, the emphasis is on the theoretical aspects of mathematics. Probability & Statistics focuses, as the name already suggests, on probability and statistics and its applications.
The University of Groningen offers degree programs in Mathematics as well as Applied Mathematics. Year 1 is largely the same for both degree programs, and you can switch between them if you wish. You gradually work towards your specialization.
Why study this program in Groningen?
An international bachelor: When you have graduated, jobs will be available to you all over the world!
In Groningen, you can study either Applied Mathematics or Mathematics.
In the first year, you can still switch to Applied Mathematics.
Electives (e.g. Mechanics and Relativity 2, OR Modelling or Introduction to Logic) (optional)
Linear Algebra 1,2
Mechanics and Relativity 1
The Mathematics and Applied Mathematics programs have a common first year; you will have time to familiarize yourself with the two programs and can make a final decision between the programmes at the end of the first year. You will follow elementary course units that are relevant to both programmes, such as Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Mechanics.
You will also become familiar with abstract mathematics, through the course unit Analysis, and the various specializations within Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, through the course units Probability Theory, Computer-Aided Problem Solving, Linear Systems, and First-year Project Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
During the second and third year, besides following common course units in Mathematics, you will specialize in the specialization of your choice. In the common part, you will follow course units like Statistics, Group Theory, Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Complex Analysis, Functional Analysis, and Numerical Mathematics. You will complete your Bachelor's program with a research project.
The Groningen science and engineering programs stand out for their academic excellence. The work pace in the first year is generally high and the courses' contents demanding. The first-year curriculum concentrates on laying a sound basis for our engineering and natural science disciplines.
Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.
Study abroad is optional
Maximum of 30 EC
Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, the UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programs have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.
Mathematics (no Chemistry or Physics)
This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor program for which you applied.
Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programs.
Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)
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The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first-year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.
Mathematics consists of a broad Bachelor's program, after which you can specialize with a Master's degree program. You can then pursue a career in business or continue in the academic world. Other possibilities are science journalism or teaching in a secondary school. Research, advising or teaching… there are many fields open to you, in the Netherlands or abroad!
During your studies, you will learn to think logically and construct an argument. Analyzing will become second nature to you. It is a skill that is very welcome in the business world. Insurance companies and banks that work with models to assess risk and predict financial developments are keen to employ mathematicians to carry out these analyses.
When you have your Master's degree you can carry out Ph.D. research at a university. This will earn you the title of Doctor. Your Master's degree will also qualify you for positions with research institutes such as TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) and the KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute).
There has been a great demand for mathematicians to work as teachers in secondary education for a long time. After the Bachelor mathematics, you can follow the (Dutch-taught) Master's degree program Science Education & Communication.
Positions in the financial world
Our Bachelor's degree program in mathematics is connected to the Bernoulli Institute.
The mission of the Bernoulli Institute is to perform outstanding academic research and teaching in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence, and to maintain international leadership herein; to foster these disciplines as a living body of knowledge, and to make it relevant to society in its broadest sense. The symbiosis between pure and applied science, and between mono- and multidisciplinary research and teaching, is a distinguishing characteristic of our institute. As an important part of this mission, we aim to transfer our results to other areas of science and technology and initiate and expand inter- and multi-disciplinary research collaborations.
The following research groups within the institute focus on Mathematics:
Computational Mechanics and Numerical Mathematics
Dynamical Systems, Geometry and Mathematical Physics
Probability and Statistics
Systems, Control, and Applied Analysis