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What will I learn?

The master's specialisation Mathematics and Education prepares you for a career as a teacher in secondary schools. After completion you obtain the qualification (eerstegraadsbevoegdheid) to be a Mathematics teacher. Note that this specialisation is only open to students who speak Dutch.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The master's specialisation Mathematics and Education optimally prepares you to teach the subject of mathematics to secondary school students, based on a solid background of high quality research in mathematics. The programme comprises a one-year mathematics component, followed by an education component in the second year. This master’s specialisation uniquely enables you to make a relevant impact on society by educating today’s secondary school pupils for tomorrow’s challenges in the field of mathematics.

Why study Mathematics and Education at Leiden University?

  • The specialisation provides you with one year research training in Mathematics where you will study analysis or number theory and one year of theory and practical experience in teaching offered by the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching.
  • You can tailor your programme based on your ambitions and interests within the research areas analysis or number theory.
  • During your research project you will participate in a research group at the Mathematical Institute where you will work in a multinational environment.
  • During the education component, you receive one-on-one guidance, but you will also meet with colleagues from different disciplines, each with their own knowledge and experience, providing you with a broad view on education.

Programme overview

The curriculum of this master’s specialisation consists of a Mathematics component to be followed in the first year, and an Education component in the second year, offered by the Leiden Graduate School of Teaching. On top of the Education component, you can also participate in the World Teachers Programme.

Mathematics component (60 EC)

Research Project (30 EC)
Courses corresponding with research topic (30 EC)

Education component (60 EC, in Dutch)

Education Courses (30 EC, in Dutch)
Teaching and Practice (30 EC, in Dutch)

World Teaching Programme (60 EC, in Dutch and English)

Education Courses (30 EC, partly in Dutch)
International Teaching and Practice (30 EC, in English)

Career prospects

After graduation you have a lot of opportunities: academics are highly sought after in Dutch secondary education or mbo teaching. You can also aim for a management position or work as a researcher within the field of Mathematics.

Acquired skills and competence

The Master of Science programme guarantees thorough research training founded on a sound theoretical basis. After graduating you will have excellent knowledge of Mathematics and highly developed research skills. Moreover you have obtained the skills and knowledge to apply your Mathematics background to issues of classroom practice.

Career

The Mathematics Master’s programme is an ideal basis for a career in academia, starting for example with one of the PhD programmes at the Leiden Mathematical Institute. Alumni also work as researchers within an industrial environment, such as in Akzo-Nobel, Shell, Philips or TNO. There are also many possibilities in business. Graduates with a Mathematics degree find jobs in banks, insurance and option trading companies, communication and information technology, industry, and logistics.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (24 months)

Tuition fees
€18,016.00 (14,55,250) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

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

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