Mathematics - Master's Programme in Mathematics 2020/2021

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Do you enjoy mathematics and want to take your skills to the next level? As a student at the Master's Programme in Mathematics, specialising 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?

The Master's Programme in Mathematics, specialising 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.

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Computational Science


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


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.

Courses within the programme

See the outline for courses within the programme.

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.

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 coding 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.

During the 1990's an internationalisation took place and our research has grown since, both in terms of the number of researchers and research areas. Financial mathematics came to Uppsala right after the internationalisation process began, and today we have both education and research in financial mathematics.


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.

During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Learn more about UU Careers.



120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

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 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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

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


For programme-specific information, please contact:

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of Mathematics

Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala

P.O. Box 480, SE-751 06 Uppsala, Sweden

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