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What will I learn?

Over the centuries, mathematics has made an important contribution to technological progress. It is crucial to research and solve current issues, such as the climate problem.

Obviously, parts of the Mathematics degree programme are similar to mathematics as it is studied at secondary school. But you will also discover new areas such as algebra (number theory and coding), dynamic systems (how predictable is the weather?) and systems theory. Over the centuries, mathematics has made an important contribution to technological progress. It is still crucial to researching and solving current issues such as the climate problem.

Mathematics is a multifaceted subject and an international bachelor. All courses are taught in English which gives Mathematics in Groningen an extra dimension as many of your fellow students and teachers will come from abroad. Some people choose to study Mathematics because its diversity appeals to them. Others perceive the social relevance of mathematics, and choose to do research. And there are students who enjoy Mathematics precisely because it involves solving abstract problems.

Within the Mathematics programme you can choose between General Mathematics and Probability & Statistics. In General Mathematics, the emphasis is on the theoretical aspects of mathematics. Probability & Statistics focuses, as the name already suggests, on probability and statistics and its applications.

The University of Groningen offers degree programmes in Mathematics as well as Applied Mathematics. Year 1 is largely the same for both degree programmes, and you can switch between them if you wish. You gradually work towards your specialisation.

Job prospects

Mathematics consists of a broad Bachelor's programme, after which you can specialize with a Master's degree programme. You can then pursue a career in business or continue in the academic world. Other possibilities are science journalism or teaching in a secondary school. Research, advising or teaching… there are many fields open to you, in the Netherlands or abroad!

Job examples

Positions in the financial world

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
€14,000.00 (11,30,856) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have qualifications that are considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO). TOEFL iBT: 90 (min. 21 every item); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (min. 6.0 every item)

For international students

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

Mathematics (no Chemistry or Physics): This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced) - B2; CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency) B2.

IELTS overall band: 6.5

TOEFL internet based: 90

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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