BSc in Applied Mathematics


Program Description

Applied Mathematics is oriented to technology and practical applications. Applied Mathematics teaches you to construct mathematical models to solve mathematical problems and to analyze the results.

Mathematics is a multifaceted subject. Applied Mathematics focuses on using mathematics to model and simulate practical situations. If you are interested in calculations that are placed in a technical context, this is the degree program for you.

Whereas the Mathematics degree is concerned with abstract matters, the emphasis in the Applied Mathematics program is on the mathematics behind practical applications. One example is computing the flows of water, air or blood. Other examples are operating systems for robots, airplanes, and satellites. The ability to think in an abstract way is still important – when you study Applied Mathematics, you also learn how to structure your reasoning and draw conclusions.

The University of Groningen offers degree programs in Mathematics as well as Applied Mathematics. Year 1 is largely the same for both Bachelor's programs. You gradually work towards your specialization.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Applied Mathematics in Groningen is 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. With our international bachelor, you will have a substantial advantage at the start of your career.
  • In Groningen, you can study either Applied Mathematics or Mathematics.
  • In the first year, you can still switch to Mathematics.



  • Calculus 1
  • Electives, e.g. Introduction Logic, Mechanics and Relativity 2, or Modelling
  • Kaleidoscope Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra 1
  • Mechanics and Relativity 1
  • Analysis
  • Calculus 2
  • Computer-aided Problem-solving
  • First-year project
  • Linear Algebra 2
  • Linear Systems
  • Probability Theory


The Mathematics and Applied Mathematics programs have a common first year; you will have time to familiarize yourself with the two programmes 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. In the Applied Mathematics program, you will focus on modeling and simulations, and look at concrete applications in course units like Project System Theory, Fluid Dynamics, and Mathematical Modelling. 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. This allows our students to choose their specialization tracks already in their second Bachelor's year.

Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • 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.

Internship: This program offers you the opportunity to carry out a research project of a variable number of months at a company in the Netherlands or abroad, as part of your thesis. Our choice of industry partners ranges from large multinationals (such as Shell, Philips, Unilever) to dynamic small and medium enterprises in the Groningen area.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

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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.

language test Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programs.
previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 14000 full-time

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.

Job prospects

Applied Mathematics consists of a broad Bachelor's program, after which you can specialize with a Master's degree program. You can then continue in the academic world or opt for a career in the business world either in the Netherlands or abroad! Research, advising or teaching… there are many fields open to you!


After you finished your study in Applied Mathematics you have many opportunities to start a career in the business sector. For example at an insurance company, or at a consultancy bureau. Multinationals like Shell, Philips and ABN Amro are welcoming Applied Mathematicians enthusiastically. But smaller and middle-sized enterprises are also increasingly hiring Applied Mathematicians.


When you have your Master's degree you can carry out Ph.D. research at a university. 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


There has been a great demand for mathematicians to work as teachers in secondary education for a long time. After bachelor mathematics, you can follow the master's degree program in Science Education & Communication.

Job examples

  • Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Positions in the financial world
  • Teacher
  • Consultant


Our Bachelor's degree program in applied 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:

  • Algebra
  • Computational Mechanics and Numerical Mathematics
  • Dynamical Systems, Geometry and Mathematical Physics
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Systems, Control, and Applied Analysis
Last updated Jun 2020

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