Mathematics - master

Duration: 2 Years

Mathematics - master

Duration: 2 Years

Application deadline
Nordic applicants: 15 April/1 November
International applicants: 1 December
How to apply?

Nothing lasts forever. Except mathematics! Mathematics is the foundation for all the sciences as well as technology.

Questions about the study
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Trygve Johnsen

Professor in pure mathematics

Per Kristen Jakobsen


Hågensen, Tine Margrete

Head of Office

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:


  • have advanced knowledge within one of the mathematical areas algebra, analysis/differential geometry or applied mathematics.
  • have a solid knowledge about fields close to the chosen main area.
  • have sufficient knowledge of mathematics to teach in senior high school.


  • can enter complicated problem issues, uncover structures and formulate precise problems, find suitable analytical and/or numerical solution methods, and interpret the solutions.
  • have good practical skills in using relevant programming tools.
  • can cooperate, if necessary in a interdisciplinary way, with other specialists.
  • can find precise and scientific formulations, in oral and written language, in Norwegian as well as in English.
  • can use existing literature in an active way to understand the work of other scientists, and as support to solve own mathematical problems.

 General Competence

  • have a solid knowledge of a broad variety of methods and techniques for analysis and problem solving within the chosen area of specialization.
  • have acquired good theoretical insight and ability to apply the theory for development of methods and techniques to solve problems.
  • possesses the necessary qualifications for work within industry, technology, science, information technology, and schools.
  • can apply knowledge within mathematics and statistics on problem issues within social and natural sciences.
  • can do independent scientific work and formulate the contents of the work within the framework of the terminology of the field.
  • can make knowledge based judgments on general scientific issues and communicate these in public.

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.

  • Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement,
  • Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement.

More information on formal admission requirements:

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for self-financing applicants is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
  • Online application, study code 2003.

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.

The Department of mathematics and statistics recommends our exchange agreements with
University of Primorska, Slovenia and
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

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