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What will I learn?

In the master’s specialisation Mathematics and Business Studies, you combine high quality research in Mathematics with training in management and entrepreneurship.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Business Studies bridges science and business by focusing on areas such as technology management, innovation, entrepreneurship, operations and decision making. In this master’s specialisation you combine research in mathematics with Business Studies. You will learn about analytical frameworks and skills for managerial decision making. The emphasis of the business specialisation is on the application of these frameworks and skills in the context of R&D-intensive organisations. After completion, you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to take on managerial responsibilities in your work.

Why study Mathematics and Business Studies at Leiden University?

  • The master's specialisation Mathematics and Business Studies provides you with a full year of research training in mathematics followed by a year of training in business theory.
  • You can tailor your programme based on your ambitions and interests.
  • You have the opportunity to gain hands-on business experience working as an intern for a company. The real-life experience of the Business Studies internship often provides students an edge in securing competitive job openings.

Mathematics and Business Studies: the right master’s programme for you?

Do you pursue a management career in industry from a Mathematics perspective? Do you want to learn all about technology commercialisation and business development? Then, Mathematics and Business Studies is the master’s specialisation of choice for you. It enables you to broaden your scope outside mathematical research. The Business Studies specialisation offers training that is analytically rigorous and connected to practice through class discussions based on real-life business cases, company visits, guest speakers, and an internship experience.

Career prospects

Many students receive their first job offer during or right after their Business Studies internship. After graduating you can also aim for a career in Mathematics research.

Acquired skills and competence

As a science student you have been trained to develop analytical skills, the attitude for problem solving and the ability to learn quickly as well as to apply creative thinking. This rather unique skill set is necessary to become a good researcher. At the same time, these qualifications are also valuable for industry and business. Many companies are looking for science graduates who will be able to fulfil challenging jobs requiring the above mentioned skills.

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 (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€18,016.00 (14,71,895) 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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