Programme outline

Below you will find the different programme outlines for the master Mathematical Sciences and honours programmes:

Programme Mathematical Sciences

Programme for students starting in or after September 2016 (120 EC)

Mandatory courses - 15 EC

  • Orientation on Mathematical Research - 7.5 EC, WISM102
  • Mathematics for Industry - 3.75 EC, WISM101
  • Mathematical colloquium - 3.75 EC, WISM100

Primary electives - 45 EC
Secondary electives - 15 EC
Research project - 45 EC

  • Research project: Proposal - 14 EC, WISM105
  • Research project: Thesis - 30 EC, WISM106
  • Master introduction - 0.5 EC, INTRO-GSNS & Dilemmas of the scientist - 0.5 EC, FI-MHPSDIL

All students must follow a seminar (of at least 7.5 EC). This seminar can also be followed while the student is working on the research project.

Programme for students starting before September 2016 (120 EC)

Primary electives - 58 EC
Secondary electives - 15 EC
Research project - 47 EC

  • Research project: Proposal - 15 EC, WISM105
  • Research project: Thesis - 32 EC, WISM106

All students must follow a seminar (of at least 7.5 EC). This seminar can also be followed while the student is working on the research project.  For students who started before September 2013, the seminar is not mandatory.

Primary/Secondary electives

Primary electives are chosen from the list of mathematics courses; secondary elective courses can be any course from this same list or, if approved by programme director Johan van de Leur, another course on the master level or an internship of 15 EC. Courses to remedy deficiencies are also counted as secondary electives: you can have a maximum of 15 EC of level three bachelor courses to remedy deficiencies.

Programme Mathematical Sciences with profile

Programme for students starting in or after September 2016 (120 EC)

Mandatory courses - 15 EC

  • Orientation on Mathematical Research - 7.5 EC, WISM102
  • Mathematics for Industry - 3.75 EC, WISM101
  • Mathematical colloquium - 3.75 EC, WISM100

Primary electives - 45 EC
Profile - 30 EC
Research project - 30 EC

  • Research project: Proposal - 9 EC, WISM105
  • Research project: Thesis - 20 EC, WISM106
  • Master introduction - 0.5 EC, INTRO-GSNS & Dilemmas of the scientist - 0.5 EC, FI-MHPSDIL

All students must follow a seminar (of at least 7.5 EC). This seminar can also be followed while the student is working on the research project.

Programme for students starting before September 2016 (120 EC)

Primary electives - 52.5 EC
Secondary electives - 7.5 EC
Profile - 30 EC
Research project - 30 EC

  • Research project: Proposal - 10 EC, WISM105
  • Research project: Thesis - 20 EC, WISM106

All students must follow a seminar (of at least 7.5 EC). This seminar can also be followed while the student is working on the research project.

Profiles

You can combine Mathematical Sciences with one of the three profiles: Educational profile, Complex systems or Applied Data Systems. Here you find more information about the profiles of Natural Sciences.  

Primary/Secondary electives

Primary electives are chosen from the list of mathematics courses; secondary elective courses can be any course from this same list or another course on the master level if approved by programme director. Courses to remedy deficiencies (level three bachelor courses) are also counted as secondary electives. 

Honours Programme Utrecht Geometry Centre

Programme for students starting in or after September 2016 (127.5 EC)

(for more information about the Utrecht Geometry Centre, please visit the website)

Mandatory courses - 15 EC

  • Orientation on Mathematical Research - 7.5 EC, WISM102
  • Mathematics for Industry - 3.75 EC, WISM101
  • Mathematical colloquium - 3.75 EC, WISM100

Primary electives - 45 EC

Secondary electives - 15 EC

Phd Research Training - 7.5 EC, WISM111

Research project - 45 EC

  • Research project: Proposal - 14 EC, WISM105
  • Research project: Thesis - 30 EC, WISM106
  • Master introduction - 0.5 EC, INTRO-GSNS & Dilemmas of the scientist - 0.5 EC, FI-MHPSDIL

Students must follow two seminars in Mathematics: for the year 2017-2018 the student can choose from WISM540, WISM558, WISM565, WISM566, WISM551, for the year 2016-2017 the student can choose from WISM549, WISM559, WISM560 and WISM564.

The UGC honours programme combined with the double master Mathematical Sciences and Theoretical Physics (172.5 EC if started before September 2016, 187.5 EC otherwise)

Students follow the honours programme of Mathematical Sciences & Theoretical Physics and the Phd Training of the UGC programme. Students must follow one seminar in Mathematics: for the year 2017-2018 the student can choose from WISM540, WISM558, WISM565, WISM566, WISM551, for the year 2016-2017 the student can choose from WISM549, WISM559, WISM560 and WISM564.

Mid-term review

The progress of honours students will be reviewed by the selection committee after 1 year of study. Honours students should have obtained a minimum of 45 EC after one year. Students who do not meet this criterion may be excluded from the honours programme by the selection committee.

Honours Programme Mathematical Sciences & Theoretical Physics

Programme for students starting in or after September 2016 (180 EC)

Mandatory mathematics courses - 15 EC

  • Orientation on Mathematical Research - 7.5 EC, WISM102
  • Mathematics for Industry - 3.75 EC, WISM101
  • Mathematical colloquium - 3.75 EC, WISM100

Primary electives mathematics - 45 EC*

Mandatory physics courses - 30 EC

  • Quantum Field Theory - 10 EC
  • Statistical Field Theory - 10 EC
  • Student Seminar in Theoretical Physics - 10 EC

Primary electives physics - 30 EC*

Research project - 60 EC

  • Research project: part 1- 15 EC, WISM105 or thesis code of Theoretical Physics
  • Research project: part 2 - 45 EC, WISM106 or thesis code of Theoretical Physics

*Alternatively, students may take 22.5 EC of primary physics courses and 37.5 EC of primary mathematics courses and conduct an additional 15 EC internship or research project. The topic of this internship/research project should be different from that of the research project, and requires approval op both programme directors.

Programme for students starting before September 2016 (165 EC)

Primary electives mathematics - 52.5 EC
Mandatory physics courses - 30 EC
Primary electives physics - 22.5 EC
Research project - 60 EC

Primary electives mathematics

Primary electives are chosen from the list of mathematics courses.

Mid-term review

The progress of honours students will be reviewed by the selection committee after 1 year of study and after completion of part 1 of the research project. Honours students should have obtained a minimum of 60 EC after one year and should be in their second year after completing research part 1. Students who do not meet this criteria may be excluded from the honours programme by the selection committee.

Honours Programme Mathematical Sciences & Climate Physics

Programme for students starting in or after September 2016 (180 EC)

Mandatory mathematics courses - 15 EC

  • Orientation on Mathematical Research - 7.5 EC, WISM102
  • Mathematics for Industry - 3.75 EC, WISM101
  • Mathematical colloquium - 3.75 EC, WISM100

Primary electives mathematics - 45 EC*

Mandatory climate physics courses - 37.5 EC

  • Dynamical Oceanography - 7.5 EC
  • Dynamical Meteorology - 7.5 EC
  • Atmospheric Composition and Chemical Processes - 7.5 EC
  • Simulation of Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate - 7.5 EC
  • Making, Analyzing and Interpreting Observations - 7.5 EC

Primary electives climate physics - 22.5 EC*

Research project - 60 EC

  • Research project part 1 - 14 EC, WISM105 or thesis code of Climate Physics
  • Research project part 2 - 45 EC, WISM106 or thesis code of Climate Physics
  • Master introduction - 0.5 EC, INTRO-GSNS & Dilemmas of the scientist - 0.5 EC, FI-MHPSDIL

*Alternatively, students may take 15 EC of primary physics courses and 37.5 EC of primary mathematics courses and conduct and additional 15 EC internship or research project. The topic of this internship/research project should be different from that of the research project, and requires approval op both programme directors.

Programme for students starting before September 2016 (165 EC)

Primary electives mathematics - 52.5 EC
Mandatory physics courses - 37.5 EC
Primary electives physics - 15 EC
Research project - 60 EC

Primary electives mathematics

Primary electives are chosen from the list of mathematics courses.

Mid-term review

The progress of honours students will be reviewed by the selection committee after 1 year of study and after completion of part 1 of the research project. Honours students should have obtained a minimum of 60 EC after one year and should be in their second year after completing research part 1. Students who do not meet this criteria may be excluded from the honours programme by the selection committee.

Honours Programme Mathematical Sciences & History and Philosophy of Sciences

Programme (180 EC)

Mandatory mathematics courses - 15 EC

  • Orientation on Mathematical Research - 7.5 EC, WISM102
  • Mathematics for Industry - 3.75 EC, WISM101
  • Mathematical colloquium - 3.75 EC, WISM100

Primary electives mathematics - 45 EC*

Mandatory HPS courses - 30 EC

  • History of Natural Sciences - 7.5 EC
  • Philosophy of Science - 7.5 EC
  • History of the Humanities - 7.5 EC
  • Research Seminar - 7.5 EC

Primary electives HPS - 30 EC*

Research project - 60 EC

  • Research project part 1- 15 EC, WISB105
  • Research project part 2- 45 EC, WISB106

*Alternatively, students may take 22.5 EC of primary HPS courses and 37.5 EC of primary mathematics courses and conduct an additional 15 EC internship or research project. The topic of this internship/research project should be different from that of the research project, and requires approval op both programme directors.

Primary electives mathematics

Primary electives are chosen from the list of mathematics courses.

Mid-term review

The progress of honours students will be reviewed by the selection committee after 1 year of study and after completion of part 1 of the research project. Honours students should have obtained a minimum of 60 EC after one year. Students who do not meet this criteria may be excluded from the honours programme by the selection committee.

Other combined master programmes

The OER (art. 3.8 sub c) allows for other combinations of TWIN-programmes. For more information about combined master programmes, see honours.