Master of Mathematics
Master of Science
EducationThe Master of Mathematics programme aims to train highly qualified all-around mathematicians, with a keen sense for accurate reasoning and the ability to work independently. Accuracy and an aptitude for analysis, modelling, and abstraction are important assets and provide graduates with considerable professional versatility. Graduates will be able to communicate scientifically with fellow mathematicians, but also with other scientists and people less familiar with mathematics.
The Master of Mathematics is an initial Master's programme. You can follow this programme on a full-time or part-time basis.
ProfileThe ideal prospective student has completed at least 75 ECTS of coursework covering the following domains/topics: linear algebra, analysis (real functions of one and several variables, complex analysis), algebra (groups, fields, rings, modules), geometry (affine, Euclidean and projective geometry, curves and surfaces), differential equations, statistics, probability and numerical mathematics. Furthermore the student should have been introduced to a discipline where mathematics is applied (e.g. physics) with coursework totalling at least 15 ECTS.
For specific admission requirements, click on the desired programme in the 'Choose your courses of study' section.
ObjectivesThe objective of this programme is to train students in a research environment to be fully functional mathematicians.
At the end of his/her studies, the student will have acquired:
- a general knowledge of mathematics in all of its aspects as well as a more detailed knowledge and deeper insight in a specialised area;
- a basic knowledge of other sciences where mathematics can be applied;
- the skill to keep track of relevant evolutions in his/her area of specialisation;
- the skills to analyse autonomously mathematical and quantitative problems, to devise solutions and to supervise their implementation;
- the skill to present insights and results;
- the skill to follow and enhance the role that mathematics plays in society.
After graduationMany mathematicians will find employment in industry or in the banking, insurance or IT sectors. Others pursue a career in research and undertake a PhD in mathematics, mathematical physics, astrophysics, engineering, or related fields.
Information sessionsKU Leuven organises a Verderstudeerbeurs each spring. In addition, faculties also organise information sessions for many of their bridging and graduate programmes.
All information sessions for (future) Master's students
SpotlightMathematics is essential for all the natural sciences. The academic staff at the Department of Mathematics not only includes researchers in pure mathematics with international expertise in algebraic geometry, number theory, differential geometry, functional analysis, and real and complex analysis, but also mathematical statisticians dealing with robust statistics, non-parametric statistics, extreme values and financial mathematics as well as applied mathematicians working in plasma astrophysics and computational fluid dynamics. Members of the department are involved in the three-year Bachelor of Mathematics programme, which is followed by the two-year Master of Mathematics programme.
ContactFaculty of Science
Prof. dr. J. Quaegebeur
Tel. +32 16 32 70 19 of +32 16 32 70 07
Kasteelpark Arenberg 11 bus 2100
tel. + 32 16 32 14 01
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Naamsestraat 80 box 5415
3000 LEUVEN, Belgium
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