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The award
BSc

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 10900

All study options

About Mathematics at University of Groningen

Over the centuries, mathematics has made an important contribution to technological progress. It is crucial to research and solve current issues, such as the climate problem.

It contains abstract thinking and logical reasoning,and has applications in medicine, economics, and many otherfields.
Obviously, parts of the Mathematics degree programme are similarto 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 systemstheory.

Mathematics is offered as an international bachelor. Allcourses are taught in English which gives Mathematics in Groningenan extra dimension as many of your fellow students and teacherswill come from abroad.

There are two specializations you can choose from. GeneralMathematics focuses on the foundations of mathematics and therelationship between natural sciences and philosophy. Statistics& Econometrics concerns statistics and mathematics as they areused in economics and business, for example economic analyses andprediction of stock market values.

Some people choose to study Mathematics because of thesocial relevance of mathematics, while other students enjoyMathematics because it involves solving abstract problems. BecauseMathematics is a multifaceted subject,the University of Groningen offers degree programmes in Mathematics as well as in Applied Mathematics.Whereas the Mathematics degree is concerned with abstract matters,the emphasis in the Applied Mathematics programme is on the mathematics behind practical applications. Year one is largely the same for both degree programmes, which means you can still switchbetween them if you wish.

When we think of mathematics, we associate it with figures, numbers and complicated calculations. Mathematics however also has a different side.

Obviously, parts of the Mathematics degree programme aresimilar to mathematics as it is studied at secondary school. Butyou will also discover new areas such as algebra (number theory andcoding), dynamic systems (how predictable is the weather?) and systems theory. Over the centuries, mathematics has made an important contribution to technological progress. It is stillcrucial to researching and solving current issues such as theclimate problem. 
Mathematics is a multifaceted subject and an internationalbachelor. All courses are taught in English which gives Mathematicsin Groningen an extra dimension as many of your fellow students andteachers will come from abroad. Some people choose to studyMathematics because its diversity appeals to them. Others perceivethe social relevance of mathematics, and choose to do research. Andthere are students who enjoy Mathematics precisely because itinvolves solving abstract problems. 
There are two specialisations you can choose from. GeneralMathematics focuses on the foundations of mathematics and therelationship between natural sciences and philosophy. Statistics& Econometrics concerns statistics and mathematics as they areused in economics and business, for example economic analyses andprediction of stock market values.

The University of Groningen offers degree programmes inMathematics as well as Applied Mathematics. Year 1 is largely the same for both degree programmes, and you can switch between them ifyou wish. You gradually work towards yourspecialisation. 

Study guide

After your studies

Job prospects

Mathematics consists of a broad Bachelor's programme, afterwhich you can specialize with a Master's degree programme. You canthen pursue a career in business or continue in the academic world.Other possibilities are science journalism or teaching in asecondary school. Research, advising or teaching... there aremany fields open to you, in the Netherlands or abroad!

== Business ==
During your studies you will learn to think logically andconstruct an argument. Analysing will become second nature to you.It is a skill that is very welcome in the business world. Insurancecompanies and banks that work with models to assess risk andpredict financial developments are keen to employ mathematicians tocarry out these analyses.
== Research ==
When you have your Master's degree you can carry out PhD research at a university. This will earn you the title of Doctor. YourMaster's degree will also qualify you for positions with research institutes such as TNO (Netherlands Organization for AppliedScientific Research) and the KNMI (Royal Netherlands MeteorologicalInstitute).
== Teacher ==
There has been a great demand for mathematicians to work as teachers in secondary education for a long time. After the bachelorMathematics, you can follow the master's degree programme Mathematicsand Science Education & Communication.

Mathematics consists of a broad Bachelor's programme, afterwhich you can specialize with a Master's degree programme. You canthen pursue a career in business or continue in the academic world.Other possibilities are science journalism or teaching in asecondary school. Research, advising or teaching... there aremany fields open to you, in the Netherlands or abroad!

== Business ==
During your studies you will learn to think logically andconstruct an argument. Analysing will become second nature to you.It is a skill that is very welcome in the business world. Insurancecompanies and banks that work with models to assess risk andpredict financial developments are keen to employ mathematicians tocarry out these analyses.
== Research ==
When you have your Master's degree you can carry out PhD research at a university. This will earn you the title of Doctor. YourMaster's degree will also qualify you for positions with research institutes such as TNO (Netherlands Organization for AppliedScientific Research) and the KNMI (Royal Netherlands MeteorologicalInstitute).


== Teacher ==
There has been a great demand for mathematicians to work as teachers in secondary education for a long time. After the bachelormathematics, you can follow the (Dutch-taught) master education& communication.

Job examples

  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Positions in the financial world
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
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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 awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 10900

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 10900 per year

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM

    wiskunde B

  • EM

    wiskunde B

  • NG

    wiskunde B

  • NT

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics (no Chemistry or Physics)

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge.The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

language test

Proof of English proficiency is required: TOEFL IBT score of 92,a TOEFL CBT score of 237, a TOEFL PBT score of 580, an IELTS score of 6.5, a CAE or CPE certificate.

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)issions/bsc/languagefor all the necessary information about required language tests.

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc ApplicationProcedure' pages at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/bsc/

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY!

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Een voldoende op je vwo-Engels is aan te bevelen omdat deopleiding Engelstalig is.

other admission requirements

Heb je een andere vooropleiding, zoals een hbo-propedeuse of eenniet-toereikend vwo-diploma? Kijk dan voor meer informatie over detoelatingsprocedure via de Toelatingscommissie BSc opleidingen FSEop:

http://www.rug.nl/(...)lating-inschrijving/

Registration procedure

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

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

  • There is an online assessment.
  • The degree programme may invite the prospective student for an additional interview.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)B2
CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency)B2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
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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