|16 Jan 2024 passed
The Master's programme in Mathematics is a joint initiative by the Departments of Mathematics at Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). It is a two-year programme at the advanced level and leads to a joint master's degree in mathematics from Stockholm University and KTH.
Mathematics, together with astronomy, is one of the oldest sciences, and is more important now than ever before. New methods are developed continuously, and old problems are solved. Mathematics is a critical element in the development of society: with mathematics it is possible to calculate planetary orbits, to describe the growth of the world population, and to predict the melting pattern of the Arctic glaciers. Mathematical education is applicable in all fields where advanced mathematical methods are used. Examples include numerical calculations in technology and natural sciences, estimation of probability, price setting in the financial sector and the development of algorithms used to ensure secure transfer of data.
The programme is meant to provide a strong background in the mathematical sciences. It prepares you for PhD studies (e.g. at KTH or SU) in mathematics or related subjects, and for research and development in the industry and business sectors.
This two year programme is organized into three different course blocks and one master's thesis. Blocks are read in parallel and each block corresponds to one semester of studies.
The basic block gives a broad competence in mathematics at the advanced level, with courses in each of algebra and geometry, analysis, topology and discrete mathematics.
In the profile block, you choose 30 credit's worth of courses in mathematics on the advanced level. These courses are chosen freely, and this is where you specialise and prepare for the master's thesis.
The broadening block comprises mandatory courses in science theory, communication of mathematics and 15 credits of optional courses that can be chosen without condition on subject or level.
Master courses in mathematics are generally given at a 25% pace, stretching over the whole semester, with one lecture per week.