Master’s studies

Mathematics - Master Programme in Mathematics 2018/2019

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Do you enjoy mathematics and want to take your skills to the next level? As a student at the Master Programme in Mathematics you will get a deeper insight in most major and topical areas of mathematics. Since all the teachers at the programme are also active researchers with many international contacts, your studies will be able to provide you access to the modern mathematical world.

Why this programme?

The mathematical research in Uppsala has traditionally been dominated by analysis. You may have heard of Lennart Carleson who was awarded the Abel Prize or Arne Beurling who cracked the cipher machine Geheimschreiber during World War II. They were both very prominent in harmonic analysis. But during the 1990s, an internationalization of the mathematical research in Uppsala took place and it has grown since, both in terms of the number of researchers and research areas. Some areas that are particularly distinguished today are probability theory, symplectic geometry, analytic number theory, dynamical systems and algebra.

The Master Programme in Mathematics focuses on both breadth and depth of the mathematics field, which will give you a strong theoretical foundation that will be of great benefit if you choose to continue to graduate studies and aim for a career in research. You can also get additional perspectives on the mathematical theory by combining your theoretical studies with courses from other disciplines. The programme provides a great freedom of choice, as you will be able to select courses that suit your interests.

You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of courses in algebra, analysis, geometry and probability theory. You will achieve a more thorough understanding of the logical and conceptual relationships between the mathematical concepts that you have previously studied. On the one hand, you will see them in a more general and modern context, on the other hand, you will study them in greater detail and with greater depth. In this way, your knowledge in mathematics will become both more general and more useful.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Mathematics as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Science (60 credits).

All specialisations of this programme


Courses within the programme

See programme outline.

Learning experience

Instruction is conducted mainly in the form of lectures, tutorials and seminars, and the language is English. The programme takes place in Uppsala.

The tutors belong to the various research groups at the Department of Mathematics. These groups are very active and hold regular seminars where master's students are welcome to attend. More information about the research is available on


Mathematical skills are necessary in all industries where large amounts of information need to be processed. If you don’t know what mathematicians outside academia do, it's probably because mathematicians usually have other titles. Did you know, for example, that there are mathematicians who work in medical research?

If you want to pursue a career in mathematical research, this specialisation is the right way to go. Many of our alumni who have obtained a master's degree in mathematics have continued to graduate studies, both in Sweden and abroad. But even if you choose to work outside academia, there are good prospects for a successful career, especially if you broaden your education with courses in other areas. Our alumni work as actuaries, analysts, system developers, data scientists etc.

The Department of Mathematics arranges a career day for mathematicians once a year. There, math students meet professional mathematicians who tell about their career paths. The department is also helpful with other types of contacts with the professional life.



120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1425 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in mathematics.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources

Department of Mathematics

Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala

Box 480, SE-751 06 Uppsala, Sweden

For programme-specific questions please contact programme coordinator: Denis Gaidashev

Telephone: 018-471 31 72

or study counsellors: Olga Kaj, Alma Kirlic

Telephone: +46 18 471 32 03, 018-471 32 37

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