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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Applied Mathematics at University of Groningen

Why does one car have more air resistance than another? How can the frequency of the electric power smart grid be kept constant under external disturbances?

Applied Mathematics is concerned with the development andapplication of mathematical tools for the analysis and design ofdynamical systems that appear in modern technology. Mathematicalmodelling of the problems appearing there plays a basic role,followed by (numerical) analysis, (computer) simulation, and designof controllers to make the systems behave according to the desiredspecifications. Interaction with other disciplines and withspecialists in the fields of application is essential.

During your 2-year Master's programme you will be embedded inone of the Applied Mathematics research groups of your choice. Yourresearch project you will be supervised by staff members. Theresearch project can be taken in the form of an internship in theresearch division of a company as well. The Master's degree programme in Applied Mathematics offers two tracks.
Two tracks

  • Systems and control

This track is concerned with the analysis, design andoptimization of complex dynamical systems. In particular it dealswith the mathematical tools behind large scale networks, likeelectric power networks, water distribution networks, the internet,platoons of cars, formations of robots, and networks of systems ingeneral.  A central issue is the design and synthesis ofcontrollers and protocols to make these networks behave in anoptimal way. The specialization Systems and control deals withmathematical systems and control theory, and the emphasis of thisspecialization is on the mathematics behind various technologicalapplications, rather than on the applications themselves.

  • Computational mathematics

The computational sciences have revolutionized the process ofscientific discovery by adding a new mode to it, the virtuallaboratory, often complementary to theoretical, observational, orexperimental means. The mathematical contributions to this researchmethodology are twofold -- a computational model of the phenomenonof interest needs to be constructed, and secondly, algorithms forsolving the governing equations are to be developed.  Themaster track Computational Mathematics focuses on both mathematicalaspects, computational modeling and numerical algorithms. The mainapplication area is fluid dynamics. Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) has a rich tradition in the Netherlands, which has led to a strong chain from basic research to application.

Why does one car have more air resistance than another? How can the frequency of the electric power smart grid be kept constant under external disturbances?

Applied Mathematics is concerned with the development andapplication of mathematical tools for the analysis and design ofdynamical systems that appear in modern technology. Mathematicalmodelling of the problems appearing there plays a basic role,followed by (numerical) analysis, (computer) simulation, and designof controllers to make the systems behave according to the desiredspecifications. Interaction with other disciplines and withspecialists in the fields of application is essential.

During your 2-year Master's programme you will be embedded inone of the Applied Mathematics research groups of your choice. Yourresearch project you will be supervised by staff members. Theresearch project can be taken in the form of an internship in theresearch division of a company as well. The Master's degree programme in Applied Mathematics offers two tracks.
Two tracks

  • Systems and control

This track is concerned with the analysis, design andoptimization of complex dynamical systems. In particular it dealswith the mathematical tools behind large scale networks, likeelectric power networks, water distribution networks, the internet,platoons of cars, formations of robots, and networks of systems ingeneral.  A central issue is the design and synthesis ofcontrollers and protocols to make these networks behave in anoptimal way. The specialization Systems and control deals withmathematical systems and control theory, and the emphasis of thisspecialization is on the mathematics behind various technologicalapplications, rather than on the applications themselves.

  • Computational mathematics

The computational sciences have revolutionized the process ofscientific discovery by adding a new mode to it, the virtuallaboratory, often complementary to theoretical, observational, orexperimental means. The mathematical contributions to this researchmethodology are twofold -- a computational model of the phenomenonof interest needs to be constructed, and secondly, algorithms forsolving the governing equations are to be developed.  Themaster track Computational Mathematics focuses on both mathematicalaspects, computational modeling and numerical algorithms. The mainapplication area is fluid dynamics. Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) has a rich tradition in the Netherlands, which has led to a strong chain from basic research to application.

After your studies

Job prospects

A Master's degree in Applied Mathematics opens up many jobopportunities. During the Master's programme you will learn tothink in a logical, systematic, and problem-oriented way in amultidisciplinary environment. After having finished the programmeyou will be able to apply mathematics to a technical problem, andhence to work at the interface between theory and practice. Thesequalities are highly appreciated by employers.

Job opportunities are available in industrial companies,research institutes, as well as in universities. Examples of companies looking for applied mathematicians include Gasunie,Philips, Stork, Shell, Corus, KPN and small engineering bureaus.Examples of research institutes are the National AerospaceLaboratory (NLR, the picture on these pages comes from the NLR),WL/Delft Hydraulics, KNMI and TNO.

You can start a university career by working as a PhD student,which means working for four years on a research project andwriting a thesis. After having successfully defended this thesis,you will be awarded a PhD degree. Afterwards you can continue an academic career or start a career in industry.

A Master's degree in Applied Mathematics opens up many jobopportunities. During the Master's programme you will learn tothink in a logical, systematic, and problem-oriented way in amultidisciplinary environment. After having finished the programmeyou will be able to apply mathematics to a technical problem, andhence to work at the interface between theory and practice. Thesequalities are highly appreciated by employers.

Job opportunities are available in industrial companies,research institutes, as well as in universities. Examples of companies looking for applied mathematicians include Gasunie,Philips, Stork, Shell, Corus, KPN and small engineering bureaus.Examples of research institutes are the National AerospaceLaboratory (NLR, the picture on these pages comes from the NLR),WL/Delft Hydraulics, KNMI and TNO.

You can start a university career by working as a PhD student,which means working for four years on a research project andwriting a thesis. After having successfully defended this thesis,you will be awarded a PhD degree. Afterwards you can continue an academic career or start a career in industry.

Job examples

  • Universities
  • Research institutes
  • Engineering bureaus
  • Industrial companies
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

Non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
MathematicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Technische WiskundeAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

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additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the Board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge. Applications areevaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until theapplication deadline to apply.

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

Make sure to visit 'Language Requirements' for all the necessaryinformation about required language tests.

http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirements

previous education

At least a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics orApplied/Engineering mathematics with courses in the field ofcontrol theory and/or fluid dynamics.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge.The Admissions Board determines whether the specific contents ofyour previous degree programme meet the admission requirements.

other admission requirements

SCHOLARSHIPS

ASML Scholarship: ASML is one of the world's leadingmanufacturers of chip-making equipment. The €5000 p/yscholarship is awarded every year to 25 exceptional students, whoget the chance to become a Technology Ambassador within theirscholarship period. More information can be found here: https://www.asml.com/(...)/en/s32512?rid=30027

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

A Dutch bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematicsgives direct acces. In case of other bachelor's or master'sdegrees, the board of admission will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge. A special pre-masterprogramme is available for holders of a relevant Dutch HBOBachelor's degree. In case you have a Dutch bachelor's degree inMathematics or Applied Mathematics which is not obtained at theUniversity of Groningen, or a relevant Dutch HBO bachelor's degree,please contact the academic advisor.

other admission requirements

Continuous registration for Dutch students is possible. It isadvised to start with the programme on 1 September or 1 February.If you intend to start at another moment please contact theacademic advisor. Apply at least two months before entry date.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. The Board may decide that you haveto take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme beforebeing admitted.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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