An Individual Study Programme consists of the following parts:

Common core courses (6EC)
Orientation course (6EC)
Specialisation courses (48 EC of which maximum 12 EC of non-mathematical courses)
Non-mathematical electives (15 EC)
Thesis project (45 EC)


You have the possibility to do an internship at a company as part of the non-mathematical electives. You can come with a proposal, but a one of the internship coordinators can also help you to find internship possibilities. You must speak to the internship coordinator to evaluate if the chosen internship fits your study programme. Before you start an internship, the project proposal needs to be approved by the relevant internship coordinator. The topic of the internship does not have to fall within your chosen specialisation.

For the Applied Mathematics students who did a Bachelor of (Applied) Mathematics it is mandatory to do either an internship or carry out their thesis at a company. Doing both is also possible.

Master's thesis

The master’s thesis is the final challenge. You’ll have to demonstrate your capacity to successfully carry out a research project. The projects can be completed at one of the research groups or at a company. The thesis projects stands for 45EC, which is equivalent to roughly 30 weeks of full-time work, excluding holidays. After that period of time, you can complete the entire project by successfully presenting the results during a public presentation.

Some examples of recent graduation projects are:

  • Analysis: Topological Extensions of Holomorphic Functional Calculus for Sectorial and Half-plane Type Operators.
  • Computational Science and Engineering: Modeling of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields in MRI.
  • Financial Engineering: Analysis of an affine version of the Heston-Hull-White option pricing partial differential equation.
  • Optimisation: An optimization model for a Train-Free-Period planning for ProRail based on the maintenance needs of the Dutch railway infrastructure.
  • Probability, Risk and Statistics: Combined evidential value of forensic DNA profiles.

International Opportunities

If you want to expand your horizon and experience more of the world, you can choose to study abroad during the second or third semester of the programme. Whether you want to experience the lively and exhilarating city of Brisbane or Sydney, learn from the Japanese approach of science or breathe the Swiss fresh air during an exchange programme, it is possible. In addition to international student exchanges for one semester, students may choose to write their master’s thesis with a foreign partner as a client.