MATHEMATICS

Introduction

Mathematics is part of day-to-day life – of using your debit card and navigating with GPS, just as much as making calculations in physics or chemistry or working out the pot odds in an important hand of poker. The two-year MSc in Mathematics programme at Aarhus University is open to students from higher education institutions both in Denmark and abroad.

Research and specialisation

Teaching at the university is greatly influenced by the research conducted here, as the lecturers are active researchers. When students write the MSc thesis during the final year of the programme, they have excellent opportunities to be connected with a group of researchers, so as to be able to participate in the group’s research projects and scientific discussions. Students can specialise in a subject within a broad area, including one of the three areas of Mathematics in which Aarhus University is particularly strong: algebra, analysis, and geometry and topology.

Career profile

A mathematics degree is the key to a huge variety of careers. Aarhus University educates mathematicians for both Danish and international job markets. Graduates from the Department of Mathematics find work across a wide range of fields and institutions – in finance, communication or the wind-power industry in the private sector, as well as teaching in Danish high school. A high proportion of our MSc graduates stay on in academia as PhD students at Aarhus University, elsewhere in Denmark, or abroad.

My team comes into the picture when our customers have to comply with new European Union legal requirements, for example. A typical task could involve developing a new type of billing, i.e. a new invoice form. Here we look at what elements should be included – what is possible, and how do we ensure that the programmes work together? I use mathematics in my job when I use logical thinking, abstraction and in being structured. I hardly code at all, but I use my IT and domain knowledge. At the same time, this job demands both good collaboration skills and the ability to communicate with people in many different fields.

METTE STRUDSHOLM
Graduate, MSc in Mathematics
IT developer, Danske Bank

Admission requirements

The following Bachelor’s degrees qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Mathematics:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Aarhus University, the University of Southern Denmark or the University of Copenhagen.
  • Another Bachelor of Science degree from Aarhus University with subject components in Mathematics equalling 60 ECTS credits, including at least of two of the courses in Algebra, Geometry and Real Analysis (or equivalent), as well as an introductory course in Programming

The following other degrees can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme in Mathematics:

  • A Bachelor’s degree amounting to at least 60 ECTS credits in Mathematics can qualify the student for admission.

Language Requirements

Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. 
Please see the general admission requirements.

Documentation

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Programme structure

The Master’s degree in mathematics counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the mathematics field of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the Department of Mathematical Sciences by choosing courses from a course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelor’s degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.

For more information about the individual courses, go to:kursuskatalog.au.dk/en/

If you would like information about options regarding a Master’s thesis in mathematics working with research groups at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, go to their respective web sites

Forms of teaching

At the University of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professor’s office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.

The teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures in small groups, and this introduces new angles to the material compared with the textbooks. You also receive extensive guidance in how to work with examples and projects, and you are given a personal supervisor in connection with your thesis.

The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for. 

A year divided into four terms

The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 2–4 weeks. For an example of a course calendar, go to: nat.au.dk/kursuskalender 

PhD programme

If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and one year of your Master’s degree or when you have completed your Master’s degree. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher. For more information, click here or read examples of current research projects at the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Academic regulations

Programme structure

Student life

As a student on the programme, you are based at the Department of Mathematics, which has its own canteen, computer rooms, library, and study areas shared by students. As a Master’s student, you can get your own desk in an office that you share with other Master’s students. The department also has a number of student organisations such as Eulers Venner (Euler’s Friends) and the Kalkulerbar (Friday bar), through which academic activities, study trips and social functions are organised.

Campus - a unique place

Aarhus University campus is unique, with buildings closely grouped together and surrounded by nature. The campus is conveniently situated close to the city centre, and student accommodation is readily available as long as you apply on time. There are a range of activities, ranging from running to regatta on the lake, as well as guest lectures, film screenings, and university events taking place throughout the year. To ensure student well-being, counselling services are available for students, to offer support and guidance during their time at Aarhus.

Aarhus as a city

As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus is a young and dynamic place with plenty of opportunities. The 40,000 students at the university make up 17.5% of the city’s population, which leaves its mark on city life. An attractive feature of Aarhus is that there are beaches and woods a short bike-ride away, as well as cultural events taking place throughout the year, including the Aarhus Festival in September. The theatres in the city and the ARoS international art museum offer many events that enable you to experience the Danish culture.

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Career

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Graduates from the Department of Mathematics find work across a wide range of fields and institutions – in finance, communication or the wind-power industry in the private sector.

Graduates typically work at universities and research institutions, in the pharmaceutical industry, the telecommunications and finance sectors, or in insurance companies.
In universities, graduates are often engaged in interdisciplinary work with doctors, biologists or chemists, where they analyse large amounts of data; graduates also teach statistics to these professional groups. In the pharmaceutical industry, graduates plan clinical trials or design methods for examining whether new drugs have unwanted side effects. In the insurance industry, graduates typically work as actuaries and may contribute to working out tariffs. Common to all these jobs is the requirement for knowledge of a number of complicated mathematical models that the MSc in Mathematics equips students with.

A high proportion of our MSc graduates stay on for our PhD programme at Aarhus University. Find out more about doing a PhD in Mathematics at Aarhus.