24 months
17000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Mathematics Master's programme at Radboud University is built around one central idea: modern mathematics is interactive. Indeed, much of the progress and development in modern mathematics is driven by exciting new interactions between different subfields of mathematics, or between mathematics and other scientific disciplines.

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Programme overview

The Master's programme in Mathematics focuses on exchanging ideas between different fields in mathematics, and across other disciplines. Students in this programme can take part in the Mastermath programme, a country-wide exchange programme allowing you to take any mathematics course at any Dutch university. Students in this programme can also enroll in the Gravity+ track, focused on the role of gravity in the universe. 

This programme is closely connected with the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics, as well as the Institute for Computing Science.

Would you like to know if you are eligible to be admitted to this programme? Take our E-Check and instantly get an insight in your eligibility: echeck.ru.nl

What will you learn?

  • Gain a theoretical understanding in mathematics in one of four tracks

  • Work across disciplines such as physics, computer science or biology

  • Gain real-world experience in designing, conducting and presenting your research projects and results

Career prospects

The skills learned during your Master’s will help you find jobs even in areas where your specialised mathematical knowledge may initially not seem very relevant. This makes your job opportunities very broad indeed and is why many graduates of a Master’s in Mathematics find work very quickly.

Possible careers for mathematicians include:

  • Researcher (at research centres or within corporations)
  • Teacher (at all levels from middle school to university)
  • Risk model validator
  • Consultant
  • ICT developer / software developer
  • Policy maker
  • Analyst

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Philosophy of Mathematics or Philosophy of Mathematical Practice
  • Professional preparation
  • Master Seminar 
  • Category Theory and Homological Algebra 
  • Calculus of Variations 
  • Differential Geometry
  • Lie Groups
  • Lie Algebras
  • Algebraic Topology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or related area: Entering the Master’s programme in Mathematics requires a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics that is the equivalent to a Dutch university diploma (this does not include a Bachelor’s from a university of applied science, in Dutch hbo; in German Fachhochschule). 
  • The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required mathematical knowledge to be admitted. The Admission Office will also indicate if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.
  • A proficiency in English

Students must have passed (preliminary) examinations containing the following subject matter:

Irrespectively of the chosen Master's track:

  • Linear algebra: at least 9 EC. Knowledge of just matrix calculus is not sufficient.
  • Algebra: at least 12 EC
  • Calculus and analysis: at least 18 EC, of which 9 EC is rigorous analysis including proofs. This must cover the basics of metric spaces, including compactness and connectedness.
  • Differential equations: at least 3 EC.

Additional for the track 'Foundations':

  • Basic knowledge of topological spaces, including fundamental group
  • At least one introductory course on Logic and Set Theory

Additional for the track 'Applications':

  • Numerical mathematics: at least 3 EC
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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