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ALGANT - Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #234 (QS) ,
The ALGANT - Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory programme at University of Padova was launched with the support of the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Commission. Throughout the years, the programme has distinguished itself in excellence and is known all over the world.


Since its launch, the ALGANT Master Programme admitted more than 200 students, from over 30 countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Main focus on ALgebra, Geometry And Number Theory

The  ALGANT - Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory programme at University of Padova is built on wider Master programs in mathematics and our course allows for the choice of optional courses in other areas of mathematics, physics, computer science, and the history and philosophy of science. Still the main focus is on Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory because:

  • these are subjects that have a much greater tradition in Europe than anywhere else in the world;
  • some of the most important recent advances in mathematics have taken place in our field and our staff is perfectly in synch with these advances: our departments have a worldwide reputation in these fields;
  • Number Theory is a "royal way" into higher, contemporary mathematics, thus permitting to attract good students who might not have had the necessary formal training at the bachelor level; starting with classical, "concrete" problems, such students will be quickly introduced to the more sophisticated algebraic and geometric techniques that lie at the foundations of so much current work;
  • as is well-known, but still unexpected few years ago, the most recent advances in Algebraic Geometry have led to important applications (cryptography, error correcting codes, etc.); we offer training towards employment in areas were expertise in these fields is necessary for the development of applications.

Acquired competencies and learning outcomes of the ALGANT Master Course.

The students having successfully completed the requirements of the ALGANT program will be well armed to pursue a career in research by preparing a Ph.D. or by directly applying for a job in the many companies that are looking for the know-how we teach. They will be awarded a double degree composed of two nationally recognized degrees issued by the two hosting institutions, completed by a diploma supplement.

The degree obtained is aimed at getting research skills founded on a firm theoretical basis, and the communicative skills necessary to function on the international scene and in teaching. The successful student will be able to apply to high-level Ph.D. programs, but he can also envisage a career as a mathematical researcher outside universities. In particular, an appropriate choice of courses will allow the students to contribute to the applications in fields using technology based on cryptography and coding theory (network security, electronic chips, multimedia and mobile communication industry, etc.). More generally the competencies and learning outcomes acquired with this Master Course are:

  • a good general culture in mathematics and computer science allowing to tackle very varied kinds of problems in different situations;
  • the competence to use a scientific approach to problem solving, be it in fundamental research or for applications;
  • the ability to gather and organize relevant information and to critically scrutinize the result of ones own work;
  • proficiency in English and acquaintance with at least two European languages and cultures; general communicative skills;
  • being able to work in a group as well as autonomously, assuming responsibilities of projects and (small) structures in industry, finance or administration.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Cryptography
  • Commutative Algebra
  • Ring Theory
  • Mechanics
  • Topology 
  • Complex Variables
  • Number Theory
  • Homology and Cohomology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The ideal candidate must possess an academic degree from a program in mathematics lasting a minimum of three years (Bachelor). A thorough proficiency in English is required. 

Applicants should:

  • have completed a Bachelor of science degree in Mathematics or equivalent with a special focus on Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory, with good results;
  • have a thorough proficiency in written and spoken English.
Other documents:
  • scanned copies of all academic records of all courses with a translation in English, French, German, Italian or Dutch;
  • a copy of the highest degree obtained, stating credits, grades and workload;
  • a detailed curriculum vitae;
  • a personal letter of motivation explaining the student's interest

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Padova

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Students that need help to cover the tuition fees, can apply for the ALGANT Excellence Scholarship programme (ALExS).The ALGANT Excellence Scholarship programme (ALExS) will be run according to the following principles:
  • every student applying for the ALGANT Master Programme is allowed to apply for ALExS
  • in his or her prior academic education, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enroll.
The ALGANT Excellence Scholarship programme has four types of awards: Gold covers the full tuition fee; Silver covers 75% of the tuition fee; Bronze covers 50% of the tuition fee; Ivory covers 25 % of the tuition fee.

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