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Mathematisch Instituut


The Mathematical Institute offers a bachelor programme in Mathematics and master programmes in Mathematics and in Statistical Science. The institute also teaches many mathematics and statistics courses in other academic programmes of the university. About 50 PhD students work on a thesis in a small team or closely supervised by one of the professors.

The Mathematical Institute is committed to provide meaningful, rigorous and quality education in a friendly environment, at all academic levels.  Its programs in mathematics and statistics span the widths of these fields, from applied to fundamental, and from algebra to data science. To offer its students still additional choices the Mathematical Institute cooperates with several other institutes and consortia.

External evaluation

The mathematics programs are very positively evaluated, for contents, quality of professors, general training, and organisation, both by national review committees and by students. The bachelor program was awarded the predicate "topopleiding" in 2016.


The bachelor's programme in Mathematics is set up as a joint program with Delft University, while the master's programme is linked to mastermath, a cooperation of all Dutch universities. For the master's specialisation in Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory the Mathematical Institute has a unique cooperation with several European universities through  the Algant consortium. Finally the master in Statistical Science is a joint program of the Mathematical Institute, the Department of Medical Statistics and Bioinformatics, and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Leiden University.

International environment

The main language for the bachelor's programme in Mathematics is Dutch, although switches to communication in English are common. The master's programmes are taught in English, and attended by students from all over the world. Within the specialisation offered by the Algant consortium parttime study at a foreign university is mandatory, while exchange study is possible in all programs.  More than half of the PhD students in the Mathematical Institute are from abroad.


Both bachelor's and master's programmes are concluded with a thesis. A full list of theses with linked full texts can be found here:

Information on the programmes

If you are considering to enroll in one of our programmes, follow the links at the top of this page to the information pages for prospective students. Current students should consult blackboard or the student portal. Details of the programmes can be found in the study guides: