Utrecht University

Mathematical Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • 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. 


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 - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.
  • 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.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18690 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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