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The language of science

Are you interested in pure mathematics or in how mathematics can be applied to real-world issues? Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or a closely related field? And do you want to discover how mathematics can help society understand and solve the challenges brought to light by science?

Then the Mathematics programme at the VU Amsterdam may well be for you. Check whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU pre-master's or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    Direct admission to the Master's programme in Mathematics is possible with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Technical Mathematics from a university in the Netherlands. 

    If you have a Bachelor's degree in another subject from a university or institute of higher education in The Netherlands or elsewhere, you require the approval of the Examination Board. The main admission criteria are:

    • A Bachelor of Science
    • 90 EC or equivalent of Mathematics courses at the BSc level including some advanced courses

    Students with a Bachelor's degree from an institution of academic higher education in a field that does not sufficiently correspond with the subject area covered by the Master's programme can request admission to the pre-master’s programme. Admission to this programme is only possible if the deficiency amounts to at most 30 EC Mathematics courses. Please contact the master’s coordinator Joost Hulshof: j.hulshof@vu.nl

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (pre-master's)

    Entrants from higher vocational education (HBO) who hold a teacher's degree in Mathematics (“tweedegraads bevoegdheid wiskunde”) will likely be admitted to a pre-master's programme, after which they can be admitted to the Teacher variant of the Master’s programme. For other HBO students admission to the pre-master’s programme is in general not possible. Please contact the master’s coordinator Joost Hulshof for more information: j.hulshof@vu.nl

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    The Mathematics programme is open to both Dutch and International Students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. You find all information about the general application procedure with a Dutch degree on the application page.

    The application deadlines are:

    To start in September:

    1 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality).

    To start in February:

    1 December for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality).

    Your application will be rejected in case you didn’t upload the required documents in ‘your dashboard’ within 6 weeks after your enrolment in Studielink, OR in case you’ve uploaded (one or more) of the required documents after June 1st or December 1st. Applications and documents submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

    Required documents (deadline June 1st or December 1st)

    This (pre)master’s programme requires students with a Dutch bachelor's degree to upload the following documents as soon as possible and in any case 6 weeks after your enrolment and before 1 June or December 1.

    • Bachelor's transcript, including your GPA (HBO: including propedeuse).
    • Curriculum Vitae.
    • Course descriptions of the mathematics courses you took.
    • Statement of Intent (motivation letter), containing your motivation for the chosen track. Max. 1 page.

    Your online dashboard gives you an overview of the submitted and eventual missing documents. Check your dashboard regularly.

  • I have an international degree

    The Mathematics programme is open to both Dutch and International Students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

    In order to gain admission to the Mathematics Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. 

    Specific admission requirements for the MSc Mathematics

    You are admissible to the Master’s programme in Mathematics with a Bachelor of Science that is equivalent to a Dutch academic (WO) bachelor and therefore must be completed at a research university. The Admission Board will assess whether you meet the admission requirements:

    • A Bachelor of Science (BSc) in mathematics or engineering mathematics;
    • 90 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics courses at the BSc level, including some advanced courses.

    English language requirements

    If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.  

    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. 

    You can find an overview of all accepted tests and scores that can be used to demonstrate your English language proficiency on the language requirement page.

  • Application with an international degree

    Application documents

    To apply you are required to provide the following documents:

    • Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
    • Master Application File please download the correct file from this page. In this file you can see which documents are required to apply for your programme.
    • Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results. Please find the English language requirements here.

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors 

    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Science for questions and practical information: toelating.beta@vu.nl

For questions about the programme, please send an e-mail to Master's coordinator Thomas Rot by sending an email to: t.o.rot@vu.nl. For more general questions, please send an e-mail to Studentdesk@vu.nl 

Call us on +31 20 5985020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00)

International diploma applicants

Do you have any questions about the application or admission procedure? International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fs@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl, stating your student number.

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.

Contact

  • Sara Vlasbloem
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Marija Bosnić
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Sandra van Daalen
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl