University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science

Mathematical Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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The Mathematical Sciences Master's programme is offered at University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science. The use of mathematical and statistical models and methods have facilitated tremendous advances in knowledge during the last few centuries. Still, it may be today that the growth in ways of applying mathematical sciences is at its greatest, as ever-increasing data-collection and computing possibilities make new application ideas feasible.


Examples of applications in which mathematical and statistical models and methods are necessary for success are

  • identify disease-related genes
  • cryptography for the internet
  • risk computations for financial instruments
  • optimize staffing for airlines
  • design of cars for minimum fuel consumption and maximum safety.

At the same time, the strong tradition of research in pure mathematics is continuing, where the goal of the research is simply to follow the human need to explore, and to understand the logical consequences of axioms. The interplay between these two sides of our field makes this a very exciting time to study mathematics.

All teaching in the program is in English by dedicated and skilled teachers. English is the second language in Sweden, and virtually anyone is able and willing to speak English. Hence, communicating in everyday life in Sweden is easy for all English speakers. The program is tuition-free for anyone that is a citizen in a country that is a member of EU, or any of the countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


The Mathematical Sciences Master's programme is offered at University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science. Mathematicians and statisticians work in diverse areas of research and development, such as

  • drug development
  • mobile communication
  • automotive and aerospace engineering
  • encryption methods
  • image processing
  • computer graphics

They also work in other activities that require advanced mathematical or statistical techniques, for example to optimize the use of resources with respect to the environment and the economy, or to set option prices or insurance premiums.

The program can be customized with mathematical depth or width and subject specializations for a future in any of these areas. After completion of the program you will also be well prepared to continue with studies for a PhD in mathematics, mathematical statistics and related areas.

SACO, the dominating Swedish trade union confederation for academics, estimates that the demand for mathematicians and statisticians in Sweden will be high five years ahead. It is estimated that the labor market will expand and that competition for jobs is low. This is a global job market and the same will most probably be true in a majority of the countries around the globe.

Programme Structure

There are four specializations within the program: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Financial Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. Each specialization has a wide range of advanced courses to choose from, many of which are shared with the PhD program. It is also possible to take courses in other subjects.

There is a great freedom of choice in the program. There is a single common compulsory course and, apart from this, there are in the various specializations requirements to take 4-8 courses from lists of recommended specialization courses. The remaining 3-7 courses may be chosen freely.

The program contains a thesis of 30 credits, which can be done in cooperation with an actor outside the university or in one of the research groups at the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

The program is offered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences in a close collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. The specialization Financial Mathematics is also given in cooperation with the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.

Research connections

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has strong traditions in both pure and applied research. It is a joint department, part of both University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, and is the largest department in mathematical sciences in the Nordic countries. The large size opens up many opportunities for collaborations, and there are many specializations possible. We have research groups in

  • algebraic geometry and number theory
  • algebra and representation theory
  • biomathematics, biostatistics and other bioapplications
  • complex analysis of several variables
  • computational mathematics
  • discrete mathematics
  • extreme values and risk management
  • financial mathematics
  • harmonic analysis and partial differential equations
  • many-particle systems and kinetic theory
  • optimization
  • probability theory
  • spatial statistics, stochastic geometry and imaging
  • teaching and learning of mathematics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS 120 hec alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree containing at least 75 higher education credits (hec) in mathematics and mathematical statistics, of which at least 15 hec must be at an advanced level. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test for example TOEFL or IELTS, or a degree from an English-language university.
  • Selection: The selection is based upon grades, with special attention to grades in mathematics and mathematical statistics.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 28362 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Application fee 900 SEK
  • Full programme cost 273 800 SEK
  • First payment 68 450 SEK

*Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.


We are convinced that education and research flourish in an international environment. A mixture of students from different cultures enriches the learning environment and the University believes that motivated students should have a chance to study here even if they dont have the means to cover all costs.

  • The University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship & New Scholarships from Adlerbert Scholarship Foundation
  • Swedish Institute's Scholarship
  • The Volvo Group Scholarship
  • The Richard C. Malmsten Memorial Foundation Scholarship

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.