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Major subject – Mathematics

Mathematics deals with understanding numerically measurable relationships in the world around us. By studying mathematics you will learn why and under what conditions different theorems and formulas are valid and how to apply mathematics in problem solving. You will not only learn to think and reason mathematically, but also develop your ability to draw logical conclusions. As a mathematician, you will be able to, for example, solve optimisation problems or perform statistical analyses, risk assessments and prognostic calculations. Your studies will include various areas of mathematics, including algebra, vector calculations, number theory, mathematical analysis, statistics, probability, financial mathematics and numerical mathematics.

The courses effectively combine mathematical theory and its applications in the form of lectures, practical assignments, demonstrations and classroom exercises. Majoring in Mathematics will give you plenty of opportunities. You can choose the line of general studies or teacher studies, which will provide you with a subject teacher qualification in mathematics. You can even choose to specialise in financial or insurance mathematics, applied mathematics or mathematical statistics. Your choice of specialisation will, to some extent, determine which minor subjects you can take. In teacher studies, you will study as long minor subjects both Education and another teaching subject, such as Physics or Chemistry. Computer Science, Statistics or Economics are excellent choices to support other specialisations. Chemical Engineering and Information Technology offer numerous interesting courses related to Mathematics. For students majoring in any other subject, Mathematics is a useful minor subject.

Within the research area of functional analysis and its applications, the primary aims are to develop the theory of analytic function spaces and their operators as well as to focus on important problem formulations within the approximation theory and control theory. Stochastics are concerned with development of the theory for Markov processes, especially diffusions, Lévy processes and Markov chains. Research also focuses on the control theory and the theory of optimal stopping of Markov processes, with special applications in financial mathematics and population processes.  In the field of number theory, research deals with modular forms and their applications in coding theory.



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