Master of Mathematics

Course content

Mathematics is an independent scientific discipline with many parallels and constant interactions with various other sciences. Mathematics proved impossible to ignore in any scientific discipline where a certain level of accuracy is involved. For example, the spectacular advances in molecular biology have not only inspired biologists but also many great mathematicians, resulting in a fascinating interaction. This has created many new research fields, both in mathematics and in biology.

However, pure mathematics without applications in science and technology - how great they may be - in itself has existence. Sometimes applications are also very indirect and unexpected: some branches of pure mathematics (such as number theory and finite geometry) appear very useful for practical applications such as encoding and decoding.

Mathematics is in fact long been one of the most fundamental manifestations of man's efforts to better understand the world. Therefore, it remains an essential element of the culture we transmit to future generations.

Course structure

Someone who follows the Master of Mathematics has enough maturity, mobility and private interests to develop a conscious choice. Consequently, the study shows a wide choice.

First choose a main subject that matches your interests: (A) Pure Mathematics, (B) Mathematical Physics and Astronomy, or (C) Applied Mathematics. The structure of the two year programme is as follows: 36 credits for basic courses in the specialization, 24 credits for elective courses, 30 credits for the master thesis and 30 credits for the minor (teaching, research or business management) .

During the master you can orientate yourself in a particular direction by means of choosing a so-called minor. Every minor is a reflection of a specific career branch (education, research and development, industry and management). The program has been arranged in such a way that, regardless of the minor you choose, an equivalent master degree is obtained. The specialized courses introduce you to some research areas inherent in the specialization. In the minor research you have five courses from a list of advanced elective courses, in line with the chosen specialization.

Career perspectives

The graduates of the Master of Mathematics can go for a job scientific research, education and in many companies where research and development are a core activity. Your main strengths are your ability to illustrate technical concepts, to deal strategically with complex information and to creatively look for new viewing points. Your training as a mathematician is particularly useful and highly valued, and often gives you ahead of colleagues from other programmes. Besides for teaching and research, mathematicians are highly sought in financial institutions, the ICT industry and services (consulting firms, ...).

Admission requirements 


  • For non-Flemish degrees:

the course is open to students with at least a Bachelor degree in the field of mathematics with minimum 180 credits.

  • For Flemish degrees:

the list of degrees giving access to this master can be consulted in the online course catalogue.


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