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Putting the puzzle together

Discover the beauty of mathematics

How do population dynamics work in a predator-prey system? How are the prime numbers distributed among the natural numbers? How do you model – and therefore prevent – the spread of infectious diseases? 

These questions can only be answered by using mathematics. During this Bachelor’s programme, you will have the chance to work on assignments about topics like these from your first year onwards.  Whether that's pure mathematical structures or their application in modern society, this programme has it covered.

Uniquely, at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you'll study all the core disciplines within both pure and applied mathematics, as well as having the option to specialise later on. With interactive lectures to learn the theories, tutorial groups to work on assignments in small groups, and study sessions to present challenges and solutions to your classmates, VU Amsterdam's varied teaching methods ensure plenty of personal contact between staff and students. Plus, many of your teachers are top researchers themselves, with their research relating not only to the mathematics department but also to other disciplines like computer science or econometrics. Our professors have an open-door policy, which means you have many opportunities to drop in and ask questions. VU Amsterdam's Mathematics programme is fully taught in English and attracts a wide variety of international students from different cultures all over the world.

You can also study Mathematics part time. You will follow the same classes as the full time students, but fewer classes per year. The lectures are not on fixed days and no lectures are given on weekends or evenings. If you assume 20 study hours per week, you will study for about 6 years. You can make a personal study plan with the study advisor. 

The start date of this programme is September 1st.

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Choose a specialization

Pure Mathematics

You're driven by pure curiosity in mathematical structures? Then take the Pure Mathematics major and dive into a track of your choice.

Applied Mathematics

You're passionate about putting mathematics into practice in the real world? Then take the Applied Mathematics major and dive into a track of your choice.

Change your future with the Mathematics programme

Change your future with the Mathematics programme

After the Bachelor’s programme, you can specialise by following a Master’s programme. When you graduate as mathematician, you could work as a data scientist, analyst, consultant, ICT specialist, teacher or researcher in banks, insurance firms, consultancies, R&D companies, academic institutions and more.

Discover your future prospects
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