Do you enjoy mathematics and want to take your skills to the next level? As a student at the specialisation in Mathematics, within the Master's Programme in Mathematics, you will get 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 provide you access to the modern mathematical world.
Why this programme?
This specialisation 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.
During the programme you can expect to:
gain a strong theoretical foundation to continue to graduate studies and aim for a career in research
have a wide range of courses in algebra, analysis, geometry and probability theory
get additional perspectives on the mathematical theory by combining your theoretical studies with courses from other disciplines
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. You will see these concepts in a more general and modern context, as well as studying them in greater detail and with greater depth. This way, your knowledge in mathematics will become both more general and more useful.
Student profile You have a strong foundation and a deep interest in mathematics and enjoy the challenge that studying mathematics at higher level provides. You are extremely motivated and prepared to invest a great amount of time and energy in your studies. English is no problem for you and you understand that studying mathematics at Uppsala University will take a lot of hard work and analytical thinking. You want an educational experience that challenges you.
A future PhD education is definitely a possibility you have thought about and you would value an opportunity to get in closer contact with current research. Even if you are thinking about a career outside of academia, for example in finance where mathematicians are in high demand, you believe that PhD studies will take you further on that path as well. Therefore you are looking for a Master's degree that also makes you competitive if you decide to apply for PhD studies after graduation.
You are free to choose among courses in analysis, algebra, geometry and probability theory. There is also a possibility to take some courses from other areas of science and technology. The final semester of the programme consists of a degree project.
Faculty and research 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.
During the 1990s, an internationalisation 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.
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 analysts, data scientists, actuaries, system developers etc.
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?
Career support 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. Learn more about career support for mathematics students.
When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Learn more about UU career support.
Requirements: 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 that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
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
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.