# Algebra

- Years2 years
- ECTS credits120

## Introduction

### Objectives and content

The Master programme in Algebra gives a general background in mathematics, with special focus on algebra and algebraic geometry. Algebra is a classical field that is associated with the study of polynomials in several variables. The field arose to solve abstract problems originating from neighbouring disciplines such as physics, chemistry, and later computer science, and also from other fields of mathematics, such as number theory.

The programme provides training in abstract thinking and in analyzing mathematical problems where the method of solution is not known. During the programme, the students will develop skills needed for independent study of new fields and for communicating mathematics.

**Learning utcomes: **

A candidate who has completed his or her qualifications should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The candidate

- has a thorough knowledge of mathematics, particularly in algebra. The candidate can relate general and abstract concepts and methods to real calculations and applications.
- has extensive experience in problem solving and a knowledge of strategies for combining different methods.
- has insight into the most important structures in the discipline, such as groups, rings, modules, and homological algebra. The candidate can explain and discuss the basic theory of these structures.

Skills

The candidate

- can assess and explain the choice of methods for solving mathematical problems and analyze complex mathematical structures.
- can conduct a research project in an independent and systematic way, including the development of mathematical proofs and perform independent mathematical reasoning and calculations.
- can write and produce mathematics at professional standards, and in an understandable and readable manner.

General competence

The candidate

- can analyze mathematical texts and simplify mathematical reasoning by outlining the structure and the most important elements.
- can use the knowledge mentioned above as a basis for a critical approach to the application of the discipline.
- can solve complex problems, even in cases where the choice of method is not obvious or where several different methods must be combined

## What you Learn

### Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her qualifications should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The candidate

- has a thorough knowledge of mathematics, particularly in algebra. The candidate can relate general and abstract concepts and methods to real calculations and applications.
- has extensive experience in problem solving and a knowledge of strategies for combining different methods.
- has insight into the most important structures in the discipline, such as groups, rings, modules, and homological algebra. The candidate can explain and discuss the basic theory of these structures.

Skills

The candidate

- can assess and explain the choice of methods for solving mathematical problems and analyze complex mathematical structures.
- can conduct a research project in an independent and systematic way, including the development of mathematical proofs and perform independent mathematical reasoning and calculations.
- can write and produce mathematics at professional standards, and in an understandable and readable manner.

General competence

The candidate

- can analyze mathematical texts and simplify mathematical reasoning by outlining the structure and the most important elements.
- can use the knowledge mentioned above as a basis for a critical approach to the application of the discipline.
- can solve complex problems, even in cases where the choice of method is not obvious or where several different methods must be combined.
- demonstrates understanding and respect for scientific values such as openness, precision and reliability.

## How to Apply

### Admission Requirements

This programme is avalible for citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA.

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:

- Citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA (1 March)
- Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway (15 April)

### Semester

Autumn

### Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master Programme in Mathematics - Algebra you need a bachelor degree in

- Mathematics or the like.
- You must hold a minimum of 70 ECTS in relevant courses such as Calculus, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Functions of several Variables, Algebra and at least one of Commutative Algebra/Topology/Manifolds.
- Your last Mathematics course should not be older than 10 years.
- It is important to document the content and learning outcomes of the central mathematics subjects, either with attached course descriptions or with links to web pages where course descriptions can be found.

**Bachelor degrees that qualify **

- Usually, a Bachelor degree in Mathematics is required for admission
- Other bachelor degrees can qualify if you can document at least 70 ECTS relevant courses

**Bachelor degrees that do not qualify **

- Bachelor in Economics or in Administration or similar
- Engineering degrees

**You also need to document: **

- Average grade of minimum C (equivalent to Norwegian grade C)
- Proficiency in English

## More information

### About the programme

### Contact

Please contact the study adviser for the program if you have any questions: Advice@math.uib.noAdvice@math.uib.no