Degree structure

Director of degree programme: Professor Nuutti Hyvönen
Degree: Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS

Description of the programme

The objective of the Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research is to train experts who have broad knowledge of mathematical methods and tools as well as strong problem solving skills so that they can successfully tackle challenging scientific, industrial, economic, and environmental problems.

The students learn to think mathematically. They also learn to build mathematical models and to analyze them by developing and deploying state-of-the-art methods and algorithms. Through their choice of major, the students can focus on mathematical theory, computational methods, or modelling and problem solving skills that are needed in practice.

Graduates from the Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research are in growing demand in many industries and in the public sector. This growth is partly driven by the ability to collect more data about a great variety of phenomena, which together with advances in mathematical methods and greater computational power makes it possible to apply mathematical skills ever more extensively.

All three majors provide an excellent basis for building a career in scientific research. Thus, a large share of the students will continue their studies and obtain a doctoral degree.

Degree structure

The student’s curriculum consists of a major (40-65 ECTS), an option for a minor (20-25 ECTS), elective studies (25-30 ECTS) and a Master’s thesis (30 ECTS), 120 ECTS as total.

Following the degree requirements the Master’s student has two possibilities to structure his/her studies:

1) Long major (55-65 ECTS) plus elective studies (25-35 ECTS) and Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS) (not possible in Systems and Operations Research major)Mathematics and Operations Research Long Major

2) Compact major (40-45 ECTS), minor (20-25 ECTS) plus elective studies (25-35 ECTS) and Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)

Mathematics and Operations Research Long Major

The extent of a major may not exceed 65 ECTS. Thus, the students will always have a choice of completely elective studies at minimum 25 ECTS.

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