### Info

Level | Master |
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Language | English |

Duration | 2 years |

Type | Fulltime and parttime |

Credits | 120 EC |

Faculty | Faculty of Science |

Mathematics is a vibrant and versatile field. In research and teaching, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on both pure and applied mathematics. We perform research in algebra, number theory, geometry, analysis, dynamical systems, probability, statistics, and operations research.

Abstract mathematical theory often finds its way to unexpected applications. For example, modern cryptography makes essential use of prime numbers, bacterial growth is governed by differential equations, and the spread of forest fires and infections can be predicted by stochastic models. At VU Amsterdam we apply mathematical theory in business analytics, big data, forensic statistics, systems biology, neuroscience, and complex systems.

During the entire first year, you will participate in the weekly Master Seminar. The seminar is led by active mathematicians who will introduce you to the local research groups in your field of specialisation. You will also learn about possible thesis projects, practice giving advanced mathematical presentations, and experience what it means to be part of an active research community.

The last semester is dedicated to the Master’s Project, which is either a research project under the supervision of a staff member, or an external internship at a company or research facility. In the latter case, you will have an on-location advisor and a supervisor from the Department of Mathematics. The Master's Project is completed by writing a thesis and presenting your results in a colloquium.

##### Description

• Master Project Mathematics (36 EC)

• Master Seminar in Analysis and Dynamical Systems (6 EC)

• Scientific Writing in English (3 EC)

For the remaining 75 EC:

Students in the Analysis and Dynamical Systems Track must choose 3 core

courses from the list below, and 2 advanced courses from the list below.

Besides these courses they may choose elective Mathematics courses from

the Mastermath program (excluding the Mastermath teacher courses) or

from the local VU and UvA programs (for these local courses, see the

lists below). Some (nonbinding) suggestions are made in the list below.

In addition they may choose 15 EC of electives outside of Mathematics.

Course Name | Period | Credits | Code |
---|---|---|---|

Master Project Mathematics | Ac. Year (sept) | 36EC | X_400355 |

Master Seminar in Analysis and Dynamical Systems | P1+2+3+4+5 | 6EC | XM_41013 |

Scientific Writing in English | P4 | 3EC | X_400512 |

##### Description

year of the Master. These courses may change from year to year. In

2017-2018 they are:

Course Name | Period | Credits | Code |
---|---|---|---|

Numerical Methods for Stationary PDEs | P1+2 | 6EC | XMU_0023 |

Calculus of Variations | P4+5 | 8EC | XMM_0035 |

Inverse Problems in Imaging | P4+5 | 8EC | XMM_0004 |

Symplectic Geometry | P4+5 | 8EC | X_418036 |

Course Name | Period | Credits | Code |
---|---|---|---|

Dynamical Systems | P1+2 | 8EC | X_400429 |

Functional Analysis | P1+2 | 8EC | X_400328 |

Numerical Linear Algebra | P1+2 | 8EC | X_400329 |

Partial Differential Equations | P1+2 | 8EC | X_400330 |

##### Description

• Master Project Mathematics (36 EC)

• Master Seminar in Algebra and Geometry (6 EC)

• Scientific Writing in English (3 EC)

For the remaining 75 EC:

Students in the Algebra and Geometry Track must choose 3 core courses

from the list below, and 2 advanced courses from the list below. Besides

these courses they may choose elective Mathematics courses from the

Mastermath program (excluding the Mastermath teacher courses) or from

the local VU and UvA programs (for these local courses, see the lists

below). Also some (nonbinding) suggestions are made in the list below.

In addition they may choose 15 EC of electives outside of Mathematics.

##### Description

of the Master. These courses may change from year to year. In 2017/18

these are

Course Name | Period | Credits | Code |
---|---|---|---|

Advanced Algebraic Geometry | P1+2 | 8EC | X_418083 |

Algebra Seminar | P1+2 | 6EC | XM_0058 |

Algebraic Geometry 2 | P4+5 | 8EC | XMM_40002 |

Algebraic Topology 2 | P4+5 | 8EC | XMM_0017 |

Modular Forms | P4+5 | 8EC | X_400599 |

Topology in Physics | P4+5 | 6EC | XMU_0017 |

Course Name | Period | Credits | Code |
---|---|---|---|

Algebraic Geometry 1 | P1+2 | 8EC | XMM_40001 |

Algebraic Topology 1 | P1+2 | 8EC | X_400600 |

Lie Groups | P1+2 | 8EC | X_400350 |

Quivers | P1+2 | 6EC | XMU_0003 |

Lie Algebras | P4+5 | 8EC | XMM_0037 |

Riemann Surfaces | P4+5 | 8EC | X_400325 |

##### Description

• Master Project Mathematics (36 EC)

• Compulsory choice one out of two:

- Master Seminar in Analysis and Dynamical Systems (6 EC)

- Master Seminar in Stochastics (6 EC)

• Scientific Writing in English (3 EC)

• Dynamical Systems (8 EC)

• Statistical Models (6 EC)

• Mathematical Biology (8 EC, 2017/18)

For the remaining 59 EC:

• At least 30 EC courses in Life Sciences.

• At least 20 EC courses in Mathematics, from the Mastermath program or

from the local VU or UvA programs.

• At most 9 EC of electives outside of Mathematics.

Course Name | Period | Credits | Code |
---|---|---|---|

Master Seminar in Analysis and Dynamical Systems | P1+2+3+4+5 | 6EC | XM_41013 |

Master Seminar in Stochastics | P1+2+3+4+5 | 6EC | XM_41011 |

Course Name | Period | Credits | Code |
---|---|---|---|

Master Project Mathematics | Ac. Year (sept) | 36EC | X_400355 |

Dynamical Systems | P1+2 | 8EC | X_400429 |

Mathematical Biology | P1+2 | 8EC | X_400504 |

Statistical Models | P1+2 | 6EC | X_400418 |

Scientific Writing in English | P4 | 3EC | X_400512 |

##### Description

courses of interest and optional courses within the education profile.

The greater part of the course consists of work experience or a student

placement at a secondary school. Furthermore, the programme contains

several didactical components and a practice-based research project. The

master's thesis consists of a literature survey on an aspect of

mathematical theory.

Content:

• Master Project Mathematics (T,E-track) (24 EC)

• Master Leraar VHO Wiskunde (60 EC)

• Compulsory choice mathematics (24 EC)

• Elective courses (12 EC)

Course Name | Period | Credits | Code |
---|---|---|---|

Master Project Mathematics (T,E track) | Ac. Year (sept) | 24EC | X_405037 |

##### Description

• Master Project Mathematics (36 EC)

• Asymptotic Statistics (8 EC)

• Measure Theoretic Probability (8 EC)

• Stochastic Processes (8 EC)

• Master Seminar in Stochastics (6 EC)

• Scientific Writing in English (3 EC)

For the remaining 51 EC:

Students in the Stochastics Track must choose 2 advanced courses from

the list below. Besides these courses they may choose elective

Mathematics courses from the Mastermath program (excluding the

Mastermath teacher courses) or from the local VU and UvA programs (for

these local courses, see the lists below). Some (nonbinding) suggestions

are made in the list below. In addition they may choose 15 EC of

electives outside of Mathematics.

##### Description

- 60 EC lerarenopleiding (in de regel wordt 30 EC vrijgesteld, tenzij de

2e graads bevoegdheid meer dan 6 jaar geleden behaald is en in de

tussentijd geen onderwijservaring is opgedaan)

- 24 EC uit lijst Wiskunde (XM_MAT_T_K)

- 24 EC masterscriptie

- 42 EC verplichte vakken, zie onderstaande tabel (XM_MAT_T_V1)