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Programme Structure

Programme Structure

The programme has two specialisations, mathematics and numerical analysis. Both specialisations have a simple structure that allows for great flexibility and many choices.

The mathematics specialisation comprises

  • 45 credits of alternative-compulsory (elective) courses in mathematics selected from a specified list
  • 45 credits of optional courses, of which at least 15 credits must be courses in mathematics, mathematical statistics and numerical analysis and a maximum of 30 credits can be courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Degree project in mathematics, 30 credits


The numerical analysis
specialisation comprises:

  • 15 credits compulsory courses in numerical analysis
  • 30 credits alternative-compulsory (elective) courses in mathematics and numerical analysis selected from a specified range.
  • 45 credits of optional courses, of which at least 15 credits must be courses in mathematics, mathematical statistics and numerical analysis and a maximum of 30 credits can be courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Degree project in numerical analysis, 30 credits

Course selection

Newly admitted students may select freely among all courses in mathematics, numerical analysis and mathematical statistics given at the department during their first semester within the programme, provided that they fulfill the specific course prerequisites.

The choice of courses within the programme is highly dependent on prior knowledge, subject of interest and career aspirations of each student.  A student already determined to pursue a doctoral degree in pure mathematics or numerical analysis should choose additional 45 credits of advanced courses in these disciplines to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subject as a basis for his future studies. Courses in applied mathematics and mathematical statistics available the Department of Mathematical Statistics and the Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Engineering are also highly recommended. 

A student planning to work with applied mathematics directly after graduation can choose up to 45 credits, including some on basic level, in a different subject relevant for the applications of mathematics, for example in physics or economics. Individual student counselling is available throughout the entire programme.

Note that due to the very flexible structure of the programme, students must apply for the courses that they choose to study during the following semesters. The application is submitted at antagning.se (the Swedish counterpart of universityadmissions.se). Students are welcome to contact the director of studies and the student counsellor for guidance regarding their choice of courses.