About the education
Master's Programme in Mathematics is a joint programme between The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Stockholm University, and it leads to a joint Master's degree.
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 courses in the programme are organized in three different blocks, followed by a Master's thesis. Each block corresponds to 30 ECTS. The blocks are evenly distributed over the study period, and are not taken in sequential order.
In the first block one course is chosen from each of the following subjects: algebra and geometry, analysis, topology, discrete mathematics. The second block allows the student to specialize and get prepared for the Master's thesis. The third block includes compulsory courses in scientific methodology and in mathematical communication, and 15 ECTS courses of free choice.
As a mathematical theory always implies that certain conclusions hold under certain given conditions, it can in principle say nothing about the physical reality. None the less mathematics has become an indispensable tool for a large number of subjects like astronomy, physics, chemistry, statistics and the technical sciences and in later times also for economy, biology, various social sciences and computor science.
The role of mathematics in the applied sciences is both to supply notions for exact and adequate formulations of empirical laws but also from these laws to derive consequences, which can be used to find better models of the reality one has to describe. These tasks have lately become more important.
Mathematics is in continual progress by intensive international research, new theories are created and already existing theories are simplified and augmented.
Area of interest: Science and Mathematics
Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.
Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.
As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.