The system of specialisations is intended to optimise both freedom and structure in the master's programme. It is flexible enough to leave considerable freedom to a student with wide interests, while at the same time providing guidance to students with a more focused interest. Mathematical Sciences has six specialisations. Changes of specialisation during your master's are allowed.

History of mathematics

Students may choose to do their Master's project in the History of Mathematics. This may be interesting for students who want to pursue a career in mathematics education or history of science. The theme of the M.Sc. thesis should have a substantial mathematical content in the area of the specialisation. In practice, the subject of a M.Sc. thesis in History of Mathematics is often one in the 17th century or later, although exceptions are possible. M.Sc. theses in history of mathematics may be supervised by two staff members, including one member who is specialised in the field of mathematics related to the thesis.

The student should have basic knowledge of history of mathematics, for example as taught in our bachelor course History of Mathematics. Courses in History of Science and in Concrete Geometry are an advantage.

The student should take the Master's course History of Classroom Mathematics or an equivalent Master's course, subject to availability. Depending on the subject of the Master's thesis, Mathematics courses may be necessary. For example, a student who writes a Master's thesis in the history of elliptic curves will also take Mathematics courses in this field. The programme is subject to the approval of the advisor.

Students pursuing a Master's degree in History of Science or Science Teacher Education may also choose to do their Master's project in the History of Mathematics.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Steven Wepster