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Studies in this Master’s program will lead you into the fascinating world of modern science, giving you a solid basis for mathematics and statistics applications. Graduates from this Master’s program find employment as researchers, teachers, and in demanding expert posts in the public and private sector in Finland and abroad. The Master’s program in mathematics and statistics is based on top research and it consists of mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. The program is part of the Analysis and dynamics and the Inverse problems centres of excellence.
Goal of the program
When you study mathematics and statistics at the University of Helsinki, some of the best mathematicians and statisticians in the world will be your instructors. Studies in this Master’s program will give you a solid basis for maths and statistics applications. Graduates of this Master’s program find employment as researchers, teachers, and in demanding expert posts in the public and private sectors in Finland and abroad.
The Master’s program in mathematics and statistics is based on top research. The teaching within the study track at the University of Helsinki follows a high standard and is highly valued, not just within Finnish academia but in global university rankings. Upon graduating from this Master’s program, you will:
- Be an expert in the methods of mathematics or statistics.
- Have mastered the basics of another scientific discipline.
- Be able to apply scientific knowledge and methods.
- Be able to follow developments in mathematics and statistics.
- Know how to think critically, argue a point, and solve problems.
- Have excellent interaction skills and be assertive and creative.
- Understand the principles of ethical and sustainable development.
- Be well prepared to work as an expert and developer in your field.
- Be prepared for scientific postgraduate studies.
Information on the languages of instruction
All teaching is given in English. Exams can also be taken in Finnish or Swedish, and the Master’s thesis can be written in Finnish, Swedish or English.
The Master’s program consists of courses in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and social statistics. The courses include group and lecture instruction, exercises, literature, and workshops. Most courses also include exams or project assignments. In addition, you can complete some courses independently, by taking literature-based exams. The instructors in this program have received prizes for their high standard of teaching. The teaching methods used in the subjects in this Master's program have been widely recognized in the media.
Selection of the study track
The study branches within this program are Mathematics, Applied mathematics, Statistics and Social statistics and the specialization subjects are:
- Mathematical physics
- Applied analysis
- Probabilistic modelling
- Mathematical logic
- Mathematical modelling
- Insurance and financial mathematics
- Algebra and topology
- Social statistics (Students can specialize in official statistics and receive the European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) certificate.)
You will select your specialization subject during your first year.
The Master’s program comprises 120 credits, which you can complete in two years. The degree in mathematics includes:
- 85 - 120 credits of advanced courses, including the Master’s thesis (30 credits).
- 0 - 35 credits of other courses from your own or other programs.
- Working-life orientation and career planning.
- Personal study plan.
The Master’s thesis (30 credits) is based on a topic selected from your own subject. The purpose of the thesis is to advance your knowledge of your chosen topic. Further, it develops your aptitude for working independently and requires you to understand the scientific literature in your field. The topics will often be related to on-going research projects. If you are interested in research, your thesis work can often be the first stage towards your doctoral dissertation.
In mathematics, the MSc thesis is usually written under the supervision of a professor or instructor of the department, but sometimes it can be written outside the department. In statistics, the MSc thesis is usually written outside the department, for example in a government research institute or within research groups on the university campuses. You can acquaint yourself with the range of thesis topics through the thesis database. The supervision of a thesis written outside the department is usually done in cooperation between experts in the research group and a professor or teacher from the department.
Graduates of the Master’s program can find employment outside the university or continue with one of the doctoral programs in mathematics and statistics. The Master’s program will give you excellent capabilities for work in the public or private sector as an expert in mathematics and statistics, skills that are very sought after in the job market both in Finland and abroad. The banking, investment, and insurance fields, for instance, value mathematicians and statisticians very highly internationally. Many of our graduates work in research and development or as teachers in various educational institutions. Graduates from this program have excellent chances to find employment corresponding to their education.
The program does not give formal qualifications. In actuarial mathematics, you can take additional courses elsewhere to gain an SHV degree (an actuary degree approved by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health). By combining the Master’s program with courses in pedagogy, you can gain competence to work as a teacher.
The international nature of the program is implemented in many ways:
- Research within the disciplines of the degree program is of high international standard and is highly regarded.
- Teaching staff and research collaboration within the program are international.
- The atmosphere of the program is international, several international students are admitted each year.
- Theses and projects may be completed within international projects.
- There are opportunities for a student exchange period in many foreign universities.
The program works in close collaboration with other programs at the University of Helsinki relating to mathematics and statistics, such as:
- The Bachelor's program in mathematical sciences.
- The Life Science Informatics Master’s program.
- The Master's program in Data Sciences.
- The Master’s program in theoretical and computational methods.
- The Master’s program in economics.
- The Bachelor’s and Master’s programs for teachers in mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
Within the JOO program, it is possible to take courses at e.g. Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics, as well as other Finnish universities. There is also a collaboration with many corporate partners for various projects.
The research focus within the disciplines in the degree program are e.g.
- Geometric analysis and measurement theory
- Analysis of metric spaces
- Partial differential equations
- Functional analysis
- Harmonic analysis
- Mathematical physics
- Inversion problems
- Mathematical logic and set theory
- Time series analysis
- Social statistics
After graduating from the Master’s program, you can apply for a doctoral program, either at the University of Helsinki or other international universities. Suitable doctoral programs at the University of Helsinki are, for example:
- A doctoral program in mathematics and statistics.
Other doctoral programs where mathematics and statistics are used, such as:
- A doctoral program in computer science.
- A doctoral program in biomedicine.
- A doctoral program in population health.
Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.
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