With a Master's degree in Mathematics from SDU, you will be well qualified for many exciting jobs in private or public organisations (industry, financial institutions, schools, universities, administration). You may also pursue a research career.
The Mathematics programme develops your knowledge of scientific theories and methods, your experience in working independently with scientific questions and your ability to express yourself clearly on academic issues. Thus, the Master's programme qualifies you to participate in scientific work and independently handle business functions with your background in these learned skills.
The Mathematics programme at University of Southern Denmark is characterised by a large number of electives. This allows you to specialise by taking elective courses at SDU or abroad or by conducting a research project in close cooperation with a business.
Within mathematics, research at SDU is done in the fields of operator algebra, banach spaces, topology, discrete maths and graph theory.
For mathematicians, unemployment is virtually unknown.
With a degree in Mathematics you have many career opportunities in Denmark as well as abroad. Because of the analytical qualifications which are acquired through the Mathematics programme, mathematicians are often preferred for analyst positions. In economy, the health sector, construction etc. there are often enormous amounts of data which need to be structured and analysed.
Mathematicians are both qualified to use appropriate mathematical analysis methods as well as develop new methods for solving complex problems, such as developing a method – an algorithm – for analysing scans to find diseases or using a range of methods to predict deviations in economic market conditions. Many such methods are created in collaboration with computer scientists and therefore most mathematicians also have basic knowledge of programming.
Some mathematicians focus on statistics and they have great career opportunities in analysis institutes, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies etc. There are many political and health-related decisions which are made on the basis of statistical analyses. As a statistician, you are basically good at discovering whether there is just cause for a certain causal connection – for instance whether a certain pharmaceutical is the cause of healing or whether a particular political agenda is the cause of higher voting rates.
With a completed Master's degree in Mathematics, you can apply for a position as PhD student at the Faculty of Science.
The quality and relevance of the programme are approved by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The Master's programme in Mathematics has a scope of 120 ECTS, equivalent to two years' full-time work.
The research aspect of the programme is most evident in the final thesis project, which has a scope of 30 ECTS, corresponding to one semester's full-time work. Work on this project takes place in close contact with a supervisor and is often related to the supervisor’s own research. It should be made clear, however, that the Master's degree is not a research degree. To achieve a research degree, you must complete a PhD programme.Graduates are awarded the title Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematics.
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To apply for the Master's programme in Mathematics, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold a BSc in Mathematics from University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University or Roskilde University.
You can also apply if you hold a similar degree including a minimum of 75 ECTS within the field of Mathematics. The following subject areas must be covered:
Once you apply, the Study Board will assess whether your degree is qualifying.
If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Options for full-degree graduate students:
Only available for students applying for a master programme at our Sønderborg Campus
Six one-year scholarships are issued pr. year: three for studies within the technical field i.e. Mechatronics and Innovation & Business respectively, and three are for studies within the field of business administration i.e. Business Relationship Management.
A scholarship of DKK 40.000 may be granted if and when the requirements are met. It is paid in two instalments of DKK 20.000 per semester. The scholarship grant depends on acceptance and enrolment as a full-time student in one of the above mentioned programmes.
Options for Exchange and Guest Students:
Danish Government Scholarships for Foreign Nationals - The scholarship helps cover living expenses.
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