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Master of Science in Mathematics and Physics

Modern technology and our understanding of the World we live in is based on the scientific description of natural phenomena and advanced mathematical modelling. Scientists and engineers are trained to uncover and investigate these phenomena, and in return apply our knowledge to develop new technology.

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About the programme

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction


ECTS credits


Start of studies

August every year

Matte og fysikk

Ben David Normann og Sigbjørn Hervik skriver formler på tavlen

A Master degree in Mathematics and Physics will equip you with skills in mathematics, physic and statistics, at a level far beyond most Master degrees in engineering. You will be able to solve highly advanced mathematical problems, analytically and numerically. You will be able to apply fundamental physics to complex systems both at the macroscopic and the microscopic level. You will have a large toolbox of computational, experimental and data analysis methods, and be able to address problems throughout natural sciences, but also in the context of finance, health science, social sciences and management.

As a consequence, Mathematics and Physics graduates readily find employment as specialists in industry, filling roles in technical design and innovation, data analysis, mathematical modelling and management. In both the public and private sector, Mathematicians and Physicists are sought after for research and development teams, in particular for tasks that require very advanced mathematics, deductive and problem-solving skills, high precision and deep understanding.

Some Mathematicians and Physicists choose to further specialize through a Ph.D. degree, others establish themselves with a career in education, at high-school level, in higher education or in public dissemination.

From semester 1, the student must choose to specialize in either Mathematics or Physics, and in semester 2 select a set of advanced elective courses.

The Master project in semester 3-4 offers the opportunity to apply the acquired skills to a specific, often very challenging problem in contemporary mathematics or physics. This will expose the student to some of the most advanced methods and ideas in mathematics (algebraic and differential geometry, topology and functional analysis), to modern methods in data analysis (statistical simulations, signal processing, machine learning, AI), and to ongoing efforts to probe the fundamental properties of the Universe, using some of the most complex technology in the world (CERN, ESRF, Gravitational waves, supercomputing).

The students specialize in mathematics or physics. Choice of specialization depends on the background and which bachelor’s degree the student has previously completed. One apply on studentweb before 1. September in the 1. Semester.

The study programme is affiliated to the Department of Mathematics and Physics.

Help solve the world's climate challenges

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world's joint work plan to eradicate poverty, combat inequality and stop climate change by 2030. With mathematics and physics, you can contribute to several of the goals.

  • UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth. Increase economic productivity through diversification, technological progress and innovation.
  • UN Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure. We need to find ways to increase different countries' potential for development and growth, and see how they can make the most efficient use of their resources and industry.

Career prospects

Mathematicians and Physicists find employment in:

  • Research and development in industry, for example the energy sector, renewable energy, space technology, climate, bio- and geophysics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
  • Research, development and teaching in Academia, for example theoretical physics, analysis and development of materials, cosmology, algebraic geometry, mathematical analysis, medical statistics and econometry.
  • Other jobs in the private and public sector, requiring analytical and mathematical skills, as well as the use of digital tools. Data analyst, health sector, media, finance, insurance sector, logistics, programming.
  • Teaching in high school, Høgskole (with PPU).

A candidate is eligible for doctoral (Ph.D.) programmes at most universities in Norway and abroad, in Mathematics or Physics, depending on the specialization chosen.

Learning outcomes

All study programmes at the UiS have a set of defined learning targets. Read more about the learning outcome for this study programme.

After having completed the master’s programme in Mathematics and Physics, the student shall have acquired the following learning outcomes, in terms of knowledge, skills and general competences:


K1: The Candidate has advanced knowledge within the subject areas mathematics and physics

K2: The Candidate has broad knowledge of the scientific theories and methods of the subject areas.

K3: The Candidate has knowledge of the relevant numerical/computational tools and methods that are used in mathematics and physics, as well as experimental methods.

K4: The Candidate has knowledge of how the subject areas mathematics and physics are related to other natural and technological sciences.

K5: The Candidate has specialist knowledge within a smaller area of either mathematics or physics, in connection with the specialization course work and the Master project.


F1: The Candidate is able to analyse scientific problems on the basis of the history, traditions and social position specific to the subject areas.

F2: The Candidate is able to apply his/her knowlegde to carry out concrete computations and reasonings, and thereby derive results within central parts of the subject areas mathematics and physics, both for familiar and new problems.

F3: The Candidate is able to use relevant computational tools to analyse problems in mathematics and physics.

F4: The Candidate is able to apply relevant research methods and the subject matter in an independent and critical way, and to formulate and structure scientific reasoning.

F5: The Candidate is able to carry out a scientific investigation under supervision and in line with the ethical and scientific standards of the subject areas.

F6: The Candidate is able to communicate independent scientifc work, including own work, and master the terminology of the subject areas, orally and in writing.

General Competences

G1: The Candidateis able to analyse numerical data also outside his/her own subject areas.

G2: The Candidate is able to analyse and present complex problems in a logical and structured way.

G3: The Candidate is able to work independently, and to find and acquire advanced knowledge independently.

Academic requirements

A bachelor´s degree within one of the following disciplines is required:
- Mathematics
- Physics

Applicants with another bachelor’s degree may also be considered if they document at least 120 ECTS credits in mathematics and physics.

Admission to this master's programme requires a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C (according to ECTS Standards) in your bachelor's degree. Applicants with a result Second-class lower Division or lower are not qualified for admission.

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Student exchange

By going on exchange to one of our partner institutions abroad as part of your studies, you will have an opportunity to get a unique education. In addition to improving your career opportunities, you grow as a person and gain the ability to greater reflect on the topics you study as part of your degree. All about exchange

Exchange semester
Semester 2

Exchange scheme
In semester 2 of the Master program in Mathematics and Physics, you have the possibility to study abroad at tne of UiS partner universities. This semester has 30 ECTS elective courses.

When going abroad, you must choose courses that provide equivalent specialization within your field, and these must be pre-approved before you leave. It is also important that the courses you are going to take abroad do not overlap in content with the courses you have taken or will take later in the study program. A good tip is to think about your specialization and your field of interest.

More possibilities
In addition to the recommended universities listed below, UiS has a number of agreements with universities outside Europe that are applicable to all students at UiS, provided that they find a relevant subject offering. 

Within the Nordic region, all students can use the Nordlys and Nordtek networks. Find out more.  

Contact person
Guidance and pre-approval of courses:
Stine Thu Johannessen

General information about exchange: Exchange guide in Digital student service desk

Student exchange
  • All countries

Frequently asked questions

What topics are covered? Is there a good student environment at the department?

What topics are covered in the study?

The bachelor's program provides thorough knowledge of mathematical analysis, geometry, algebra and statistics. Plus mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics.

What areas can I immerse myself in at master's level?

At UiS, at master's level you can immerse yourself in various areas within mathematics and physics. We have strong academic environments in algebraic geometry, mathematical analysis, mathematical statistics, materials physics, cosmology and particle physics and mathematical physics. Read more about our professional environments.

Can I take a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics?

If you have been admitted to a 5-year master's degree in mathematics and physics, you can choose (in the 5th semester) to complete your studies with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics by writing a bachelor's thesis in the 6th semester. This bachelor's degree qualifies, among other things, master's in applied data science and master's in computational engineering at UiS, as well as MSc studies in physics or mathematics at other universities. Bachelors in mathematics and physics from UiS have previously also taken a master's degree in risk management and a master's degree in petroleum technology.

Is there a good student environment at the department?

Sure! As a mathematics and physics student, we recommend that you join Theta: the line association for mathematics and physics students at UiS. The association arranges internal lectures and extracurricular gatherings with a focus on the social, and allows you to take part in a professional environment from which the university itself recruits doctoral fellows. The membership is a diverse assembly with a good gender balance, but has the main emphasis on realists in their twenties.

What do mathematicians and physicists work on after they have finished their studies?

Research, development and teaching in academia, for example theoretical physics, analysis and development of materials, cosmology, algebraic geometry, mathematical analysis, medical statistics and econometrics.
Research and development in industry, such as the oil industry, renewable energy, space technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Others work in business and the municipality / state that requires analytical skills and numbers / mathematical understanding and the use of computers. We are collecting more and more data, and understanding numbers is important in order to be able to utilize these in a good way. (Analyst positions, finance and insurance industry, sports, health and medicine and more)
Teaching at upper secondary level.

Do the business community and the public sector in the region employ mathematicians and physicists?

Of course! Many local companies and public institutions employ mathematicians and physicists, including: Equinor, Lyse, SR Bank, Schlumberger, Laerdal Medical, NORCE, ConocoPhilips, Safetec, Veritas, SUS, Upper Secondary Schools, UiS and more.

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