Applied Mathematics

Master (2 years) of Science, 120 ECTS
Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4545 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Do you want to be a problem solver?  Would you like to learn to utilise advanced mathematical tools and computers to model, analyse and solve complex problems in business or research? Then study Applied Mathematics in Odense. 

Career Opportunities

Today, computer simulations have become an indispensable tool in research, to increase our understanding of nature, as well as in the design and development of industrial services and products. As an applied mathematician, you will work with computer simulations of challenging and complex phenomena, with job openings in many different kinds of private businesses, as well as universities and other research institutions.

As for mathematicians in general, unemployment among applied mathematicians is virtually unknown. The master’s degree in Applied Mathematics aims towards employment in the private business sector or at research institutions. It is common for applied mathematics projects to be completed on behalf of or in collaboration with companies.

If you want to work in research, a master’s degree from the University of Southern Denmark is an advantageous foundation to a PhD. 

About the programme

An applied mathematician is often motivated by a problem outside the realm of mathematics. An applied mathematician masters, and is capable of developing the mathematical tools that have helped create the modern society of industry and information.

An applied mathematician can:
-comprehend a complex problem
-make a credible model of the problem
-analyse and calculate the consequences of the model
-implement algorithms belonging to the model on a computer.  

This Master programme has a high level of flexibility meaning that the only mandatory part of the programme is 10 ECTS of constituent Master courses within the areas Mathematics and Statistics and Algorithms and Optimisation. In addition there are 20 ECTS of elective courses where you can choose between all Master courses within science.

The programme contains a perspectival module where it is possible to take an internship, go abroad on exchange or to specialise by following elective courses.

The 60 ECTS master thesis gives you plenty of time to specialise in a topic within applied mathematics. The thesis is carried out with a supervisor and it is concluded with an oral presentation.


The requirement for admission is a Bachelor's degree (or other degree based on at least three years of higher education after the high school level). You must have qualifications in mathematics, numerical analysis and statistics corresponding to at least 50 ECTS. 

It is not possible for students without a command of the Danish language to take supplementary courses to bring them up to the required level for graduate study.

Applicants will need to document English at B Level or equivalent to this level.
Read about the language requirements

Apply directly at The Southern University of Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact University of Southern Denmark directly.
A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

No tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss students.
There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland. 

SDU offers 75 scholarships yearly. For information regarding scholarships:

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in:Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section: 
The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Spring - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Sep 01
Start date
Feb 01

Spring - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Oct 15
Start date
Feb 01



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