Master’s studies

Applied Mathematics and Statistics - Master Programme in Mathematics 2018/2019

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Do you enjoy mathematics and want to use your skills to solve applied problems? At the Master Programme in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, you will learn advanced methods for building mathematical models in science, technology and economics. Since the teachers at the programme are active researchers, you will also have the opportunity to study the theoretical aspects of applied mathematics and statistics.

Why this programme?

In this specialisation you will learn to describe reality using mathematics. You will study the mathematical theory of random phenomena and advanced statistical methods for modelling in different areas. You will also obtain sound knowledge in dynamical systems and use it to solve problems in everything from biology and physics to economics and sociology.

The specialisation also offers the opportunity to study the mathematical aspects of the applications. The research in applied mathematics and statistics at Uppsala University focuses on areas such as time series analysis, big data and computer-aided proofs in analysis. We also have more application-oriented research, conducted in close collaboration with researchers in other fields. As a student of applied mathematics and statistics, you will therefore be provided with a solid foundation for further doctoral studies if you want to pursue a career in research. The programme provides a great freedom of choice, as you will be able to select courses that suit your interests, whether it is mathematical theory or applications.

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 Geheimfernschreiber during World War II. They were both very prominent in harmonic analysis. Another strong area of research in Uppsala at the time was differential geometry. But during the 1990s, an internationalization took place and our research has grown since, both in terms of the number of researchers and research areas. Research in applied mathematics came to Uppsala with the internationalization process, and today it includes several highly topical areas. 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.


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?

Some of the more common titles among our alumni are biostatistician and system developer. Furthermore, many work as different types of analysts. A new profession on the rise is data scientist.

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.


Applied Mathematics and Statistics

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1426 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 with 20 credits in probability theory, programming and/or numerical analysis.

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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