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Mathematics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
This broad and challenging Bachelor’s degree programme in Mathematics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam lasts 3 years and is aimed at students who love logical thinking, and are not afraid of abstraction or complex calculations.
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The Mathematics programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam provides unparalleled possibilities for specialising in both pure and applied mathematics, and gives you a head start for a career in research, industry, education or consultancy. 

Whether you’re driven by pure curiosity in mathematical structures or by modern applications of these, at Free University Amsterdam you will discover the beauty of mathematics. Mathematics is everywhere. You can learn for example about distribution of prime numbers and geometry of graphs, as well as applications of these in cryptography and big data.

The lecturers are world-leading researchers that use innovative teaching methods. Lectures are accompanied by tutorial classes, in which you receive personal feedback from your tutors. The study counsellors will make sure that you choose the study path that suits you best.

The VU campus is located in one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands and just a 10-minute train ride from the international airport Schiphol. The lively and multicultural city centre of Amsterdam, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands, is just a 15-minute bike ride from the campus.

Career Prospects

Joblessness is rare among mathematicians: they find jobs in technology companies, banks, ministries, hospitals, consultancy, IT, scientific research and education. Your knowledge of fundamental and applied mathematics as a VU mathematician will suit you for a range of jobs, and most companies and institutions are highly interested in the general analytical and problem-solving skills you will develop. As a consequence, mathematicians end up in an enormous diversity of jobs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Basic Concepts in Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Single Variable Calculus
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling, Latex and Mathematica
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Group Theory
  • Mathematical Analysis
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Probability Theory
  • Mathematical Modelling of Dynamical Systems

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12335 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12335 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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