MATHEMATICS

 

Mathematics teaches you systematic, abstract and analytical approaches to complex mathematical problems.

 

 

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

In Mathematics you will work with the classical, theoretical mathematical disciplines, and you will learn how to apply mathematics in the modern world.

Studying on the mathematics programme

The course programme at Mathematics is divided between lectures and theoretical exercises, where you focus in smaller classes on solving assignments, exercises and discussion of examples. The degree programme starts with a number of compulsory courses on the basic concepts and methods of mathematics. These cover algebra, analysis, geometry and mathematical modelling, where you also work with computer-based methods and programming.

You can choose between two tracks

After the first year with compulsory subjects, you must choose one of two tracks. You can choose mathematical modelling, which is an application-oriented subject that includes a large amount of probability theory and statistics. You can also choose the mathematical track, which gives you the opportunity to combine pure mathematics with subjects such as computer science, physics, economics or humanities subjects.

Career opportunities

A Bachelor’s degree in mathematics makes you eligible for several Master’s degree programmes. For example Master's degree programmes in Mathematics or Statistics. You can find job opportunities in areas such as statistics and finance in banks and insurance companies, processing and analysis of data in the healthcare sector, or you can work as an upper secondary school teacher.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22140

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible)

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria. 

 

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A

 

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

If there are more qualified applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

• Score from admission test

• Average in Mathematics

• Average in the qualifying examination.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in mathematics, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the degree programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student.

Here you can also read about the types of exam and the exam requirements:

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in mathematics you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Studying as a mathematics student

At mathematics you will have approx. 24 hours of lessons a week and you should expect to spend around the same amount of time on independent work involving preparation, study group work and writing assignments. 

This is an example of a timetable for a week during the second quarter at mathematics:


Monday

10:00–12:00: Calculus 2 (theoretical exercises)

14:00–17:00: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (theoretical exercises) 

Tuesday

10:00–12:00: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (theoretical exercises)

14:00–16:00: Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (theoretical exercises) 

Wednesday

08:00–11:00: Calculus 2 (laboratory work)

12:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (lecture)

14:00–17:00: Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (theoretical exercises) 

Thursday

10:00–12:00: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (lecture)

14:00–16:00: Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (lecture) 

Friday

10:00–12:00: Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (laboratory work)

12:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (lecture) 

Meet your fellow students in the mathematics laboratory

At Mathematics it is important that the academic and social aspects are integrated with one another. For example, you can use the mathematics laboratory, where you can calculate assignments while the lecturers walk around and help with mathematical problems. This turns the mathematics laboratory into a sort of structured homework café, where there is also room to drink a cup of coffee, eat cake and hear one of the lecturers talk about his or her views of mathematics and the degree programme.

Students: We acquire the tools to develop theories

"The degree programme has a lot of focus on proof and you will be trained to prove mathematical sentences. So you are not going to be trained in theory. We are given the background for the theory, but also the tools to be able to develop theories. This means the workload can be heavy and that having a good study environment is therefore relevant."

Peter Skovlund Madsen, undergraduate student, Mathematics 

Associations get the students to meet

At the Department of Mathematics, social and academic student associations with names such as the Eulers Venner and the Kalkulerbar have festive traditions and events where you can meet your fellow students - also those from other subjects than your own. Every Friday afternoon you have the chance to spend a few hours in the Kalkulerbar, which is the Friday bar for mathematics and mathematics-economics. The Eulers Venner association organises a range of academic events, including lectures about various mathematical topics that you would not normally run into very often as a mathematics student. 

Mads Føk

The students at physics, mathematics, nanotechnology, computer science, IT, mathematics and mathematics-economics have a joint magazine, called Mads Føk. The magazine is published eight or nine times a year, containing a wide range of items and a calendar of events at the department. 

Tågekammeret

The social and lecture association for the students at physics and mathematics at Aarhus University is called Tågekammeret. In addition to organising parties and lectures, the association’s meeting room acts as a focal point for socialising for students from physics and mathematics.

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-experienced, photographed and filmed by the students themselves.

With thousands of pictures #yourniversity gives insight into the everyday life as a student at AU; the parties, procrastination, exams and all the other ways you’ll spend your time at university.

 

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Take a Master's

With a Bachelor of mathematics  you will be qualified to take a Master’s degree programme. This is what the majority of graduates choose to do and they typically go on to take a Master’s degree programme in mathematics. You are also eligible for the Master’s degree programme in statistics. However, this requires that you follow the principal field of study in Mathematics Modelling during the Bachelor's degree programme. Some people choose to take a Master's degree in mathematics-economics or computer science. This requires that you take a larger supplementary subject in the specific courses during your Bachelor’s degree programme.

Many different job opportunities

With your Master’s degree you can e.g. find work in banks, mortgage credit companies, insurance companies, IT companies, telecommunications companies and other high-tech companies.  You can also work with processing and analysis of experimental data within the healthcare sector, biotech and the IT sector. If you plan to find work in these areas, you can choose mathematical modelling as your principal field of study, or supplement mathematics with relevant elective subjects in computer science, economics or biotechnology.  As a graduate you can also teach mathematics at secondary schools, technical colleges and other educational institutions.