Students may chose between three specialities; algebra, analysis/differential geometry or applied mathematics. Some of the special fields include cryptography, number theory, elliptic curves, algebra, differential geometry, complex analysis, non-linear waves and dynamical systems. In applied mathematics thesis topics may relate to plasma physics, optics, mathematical ecology and bioinformatics. The master's degree program comprises a master's thesis of 60 ECTS in addition to mandatory courses and a special curriculum amounting to 60 ECTS. These are dependent upon the speciality chosen.
The following diciplines are offered:
For each programme at the University of Tromsø there are set targets for knowledge, skills and competences that a student should have reached by the end of studies.
On completion of the program, graduates will have the following attributes:
The Master's of Science in Mathematics degree provides a solid foundation in mathematics and its applications. It provides an appropriate qualification for careers in industry, technology, finance and information technology. The degree also provides the mathematical knowledge necessary for teaching in secondary schools and further studies in mathematics.
Admission to the programme Mathematics - master, requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in Mathematics or equivalent qualification in Mathematics; or another degree following a programme of study of not less than three years' duration, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4.
In addition, specialization in mathematics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits is required.
More information on formal admission requirements:
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
Are you an international applicant? Read more here.
The Master's degree in Mathematics consists of lectures and coursework. A passing grade on the mandatory homework sets is normally required for permission to take the examination. An oral exam is most common for the Master's degree courses. See the course descriptions for more information. The Master's Thesis is assessed by a committee based on the Thesis itself, an oral presentation of the Thesis and an oral exam.
The language of instruction and syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.
The Master's Thesis may also be written either in English or a Scandinavian language.
On sucessfull completion of the degree program, studentes may be qualified for admission to a PhD-program in Mathematics at the University of Tromsø or elsewhere.
After an agreement with the department, a period of study abroad can be arranged in the first or second term of the program.
There are also possibilities through open Erasmusagreements and other open international exchange programmes at UiT.
For more information about international exchange programmes, see Utveksling for studenter ved NT-fak
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