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Study programme

Mathematics (MSc)

This two-year Master's programme focuses on questions from all major branches of advanced modern mathematics, pure as well as applied. It allows you to specialise in the area of your interest, while broadening your knowledge in general. Specifically, you choose one of the four specialisations, each offering a large number of courses.


  •  Algebra and Geometry
  •  Analysis and Dynamical Systems
  •  Mathematical Physics
  • Stochastics


The curriculum is as follows:

  • Five courses from your specialisation (around 38 EC)
  • Master Seminar (6 EC)
  • Elective courses (40 EC)
  • Master's project (36 EC)

You may choose more courses from your specialisation but also courses from another specialisation, and even selected courses from related Master's programme's such as Physics, Econometrics, or Logic. These can be local UvA courses or also Mastermath courses. The offer is in constant flux in order to modernise mathematical content and also to meet the demands of the continually and rapidly changing world.

Master Seminars

During the first year of your programme you participate in one of the three Master Seminars related to your specialisation direction:

  • Algebra and Geometry (including Mathematical Physics),
  • Stochastics,              
  • Analysis and Dynamical Systems

The Master Seminars are led by active researchers, and form the link between your Master's programme and mathematical research in Amsterdam. The Master Seminars comprise presentations of local staff on their research interests, of graduating students on their thesis project, of the participating students on research literature studied in groups and of alumni and potential employers.


As part of your Master's programme you participate in the national Mastermath network. Students can choose courses from a broad offering of national Master's and PhD level courses,  taught at different centrally located Dutch universities. These joint courses offer students the highest quality of instruction and open up opportunities for tailoring your programme to your personal mathematical interest and interaction with students at other institutes of mathematics.

Local Master's courses

Staff members of the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics teach local Master's courses in all specialisation directions on topics touching on current research developments. The Master's programmes are offered in collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which allows you to also follow local Master's courses there.

Master's project

You will conclude your Master's programme with a research project. You conduct this project within a research group of the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics under personal guidance of a staff member. It is also possible to combine the Master's project with an internship in a company or at a governmental organisation. Halfway your project, you present your progress at one of the Master Seminars. Your work includes writing a Master's thesis, and giving a final presentation about your entire project in the presence of your supervisor, an independent second reviewer, and all interested.

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in the Mathematical master's programme are requested to bring their own laptop. More information on specific system requirements can be found here