Study plan for MAMN-MAT Mathematics, Master's, 2 years, spring 2020

Name of qualification

The master´s programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Mathematics. It is a two year programme

(120 ECTS credits).


Autumn and spring.

Objectives and content

The programme is aimed at students with an interest in mathematics who intend to qualify for research, development or teaching and seek employment where education in mathematics is required or considered an advantage.

Within the Master's Programme in Mathematics, you can choose among the following specialisations, mirroring the four main research groups within pure Mathematics:

  • Algebra: The Master's 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. Mandatory courses: MAT224, MAT242 and MAT243.
  • Algebraic Geometry: The Master's programme in Algebraic geometry gives a general background in mathematics, with special focus on algebraic geometry. This is an area where one uses techniques from algebra and topology, and often also complex analysis or number theory, to study geometric objects as curves, surfaces and higher dimensional manifolds that can be defined through polynomial equations. Mandatory courses: MAT229, MAT242, MAT243.
  • Mathematical Analysis: The Master's programme in Mathematical Analysis provides a general background in mathematics, with a special focus on mathematical analysis. The original meaning of the word "mathematical analysis" is closely associated with functions of one or more real variables, but modern analysis involves several other topics, some of a more abstract nature, such as general topology, measure theory and functional analysis. Mandatory courses: MAT214, MAT215.
  • Topology: The Master's programme in Topology provides a general background in mathematics, with a special focus on topology and geometry. Topology is a branch of mathematics where geometrical shapes, such as curves, surfaces and higher dimensional spaces, are studied. Mandatory courses: MAT242, MAT243.

Please see each specialization for more details.

Admission Requirements

A first degree (bachelor´s degree) in Mathematics of three or four years´ duration from an approved institution of higher education, as well as proficiency in the English language.

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. 

For more information regarding admission look at the different specializations, as the admission requirement is different for each specialization.

For international self-financing applicants

The minimum requirement is grade C or better (in the Norwegian grading system) in the courses that are required. If there are more applicants to a program than there are vacant places, applicants will be ranked according to grades in their application for admission.

Please see each specialization for more information regarding admission requirement. In your letter of motivation, please indicate which specialization (or specializations in prioritized order) you are mostly interested in, as admission requirements differ for the different specializations.

How many places?

Up to 5 places in total, combined for all specializations, are reserved for qualified international applicants in the Master's Programme in Mathematics.

Compulsory units

A master´s programme in mathematics consists of an individual research project (master´s thesis) of 60 ECTS credits, and courses or special topics of 60 ECTS credits. Some of the courses are compulsory within the specialisations. You will choose the other courses in agreement with your academic supervisor.

Master thesis credits

In agreement with your academic supervisor, you will choose a master´s thesis (60 ECTS credits) and make a progression plan containing important milestones for your project. At this programme it is possible to have a 30 study point thesis, extending the course part of the programme to 90 study points.

Teaching methods

In the work with your master´s thesis you will, in an independent way, make use of methods and scientific working techniques from the subject field in the research of a relevant material. The method consists of completing courses, and in addition read research articles or research based books. With this research based literature as starting point, you will give an overview of a specific field, and/or find new angles and results within the field.

Administrative responsibility

Department of Mathematics, E-mail: advice@math.uib.no