Utrecht University

Mathematical Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English
In the Mathematical Sciences programme at Utrecht University, you’ll engage in the core activities of mathematics while discovering new patterns and relationships and learning to construct models with predictive power. You’ll also study the science of structures within the different branches of the physical sciences. Our institute of Mathematical Sciences offers you a versatile, internationalised learning environment at the intersection of fundamental and applied research


You can tailor your programme by selecting one of the following seven tracks:

  • Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory
  • Applied Analysis
  • Complex Systems
  • Differential Geometry and Topology
  • Logic
  • Probability, Statistics, and Stochastic Modelling
  • Pure Analysis
  • Scientific Computing

You can also choose to do a Research project in History of Mathematics.

Choosing a track will allow you to pursue your Master's degree through either a theoretical or more applied focus.

Honours programmes

You have the opportunity to combine the Mathematical Sciences Master's programme at Utrecht University with other Master's programmes within the Graduate School of Natural Sciences, such as Theoretical Physics. If you have an interest in geometry and plan to do a PhD in this field, you can apply for the selective honours programma of the Utrecht Geometry Centre.

Programme objective

Our Mathematical Sciences MSc degree programme will prepare you for a challenging career in academic research or as a professional mathematician


  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Upon enrolling in the programme, you will select your track with either a theoretical or an applied focus. Your MSc programme will consist of a few compulsory courses and a motivated choice of optional courses.

Mandatory courses and electives
  • Mandatory courses
  • Primary electives
  • Secondary electives
Primary electives

Primary elective courses are chosen from the course list or, if approved by the programme director, from other mathematics courses given at universities in the Netherlands.

Secondary electives

The secondary elective courses can be any course from the course list or other courses at the Master’s level, if approved by the programme director. Courses to remedy deficiencies are also counted in this category.

Course list

The course list is made up of local courses as well as courses that are part of the national Mastermath Programme. Selected courses that are part of the Master Industrial and Applied Mathematics (IAM) programme of the Eindhoven University of Technology of Stochastics and Financial Mathematics (SFM) programmes offered by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Free University (VU), the University of Leiden (RUL), and the University of Utrecht.

Research project / Master's thesis

The research part of the Master’s programme in Mathematical Sciences consists of the thesis research project, which is 45 ECTS. At the end of this project you will write a Master's Thesis. This project can be carried out in the Mathematical Institute of Utrecht University or in a company in the Netherlands or abroad. You will plan and conduct your own research in one of the specialisations under the supervision of a staff member, and possibly with the help of an external advisor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    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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Academic Requirements

  • You have a University Bachelor’s Degree (Equivalent to Dutch Bachelor’s Degree) with a major in Mathematics or a BSc with a major in Physics, Computer Science, or Science, with a strong component in mathematics.
  • You are able to demonstrate a solid basic knowledge of mathematics at the bachelor level, including single-variable and multi-variable real analysis, linear algebra (theoretical and practical), basic knowledge of probability and statistics and advanced knowledge of at least four of the following eight subjects: differential equations, complex analysis, probability theory and statistics, numerical mathematics, geometry and topology, algebra and number theory, discrete mathematics, optimization and decision theory.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18201 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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