ECTS points
Education type
Bachelor program
Three years
Bachelor of Science

Whether it is your cell phone, the security details for your bank card, the supply of products to shops, image processing in the medical field or a digital prototype for a car: none of these would exist without mathematics. You might not often even give it a thought, but mathematics is an essential part of our modern world. That is why there is also constant demand for versatile and widely deployable mathematicians, people who enjoy the challenge of solving problems and designing new products. Is being involved in creating the world of today and tomorrow something that appeals to you? Do you enjoy getting your teeth into a problem and do keep on searching for a solution until something has been solved? If so, our program in Applied Mathematics is the one for you. 

What is Applied Mathematics?

Applied mathematics is a specific form of mathematics. It involves applying mathematical models in order to map out the mathematical core of a practical problem. With applied mathematics, you can solve problems that at first may not even appear to be mathematical in nature. This might be, for example, a practical problem that exists in industry or in (governmental) institutions.
As a mathematical problem sometimes requires the investigation and researching of mathematics at a more fundamental level, you may well have to undertake in-depth study as an applied mathematician. And as you often collaborate with specialists from other fields, you will also need the ability to look beyond your own specialization. That is what makes applied mathematics so fascinating.


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Mathematical model

Applied mathematicians produce a model of a problem and then use that model to carry out calculations in order to arrive at a solution. Solving a problem using a mathematical model involves 3 elements:

  • Modeling: you produce a mathematical model for a practical problem. To do this, you need knowledge of mathematics and of the field from which the problem arises. It is therefore often the case that you as the mathematician work together with a specialist from the field in which the problem arises.
  • Solving: if the mathematical problem is simple, the field specialist will solve the problem alone. If it is more complex, you as an applied mathematician work together with the field specialist. 
  • Retranslation of the solution to the original problem: you convert the solution of the mathematical problem according to the practical problem, so that specialists from the other field are able to use it.

Combined bachelor program

Looking for an extra challenge? Or can't you choose between the bachelor's programs Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics and Computer Science and Engineering? Then you can choose to follow a combined program at the TU/e. The following combination is possible:

  •     Double bachelor program Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics or
  •     Double bachelor program Computer Science and Engineering and Apllied Mathematics

In a combined program, the most important subjects of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and Engineering, or Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, are retained. There is a considerable overlap between the programs. You can therefore obtain 2 diplomas with extra credits (about 25% heavier program).

If you opt for a combined bachelor you have to apply for both studies in Studielink!

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    Student satisfaction

  • 118

    Number of first-year students

  • 18-24

    Contact hours in first year

  • 60%

    Advancement to second year

  • 45%

    Degree obtained within 4 years

  • 97%

    Follow-up education

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Study association GEWIS

The study association represent the interests of the students at the department of Mathematics & Computer Science. It tries to let the students view their field of study from a different angle. It achieves this by means of excursions, lectures and symposia and by organizing a study trip. On the other hand, the association also organises sports tournaments, parties, a weekly drink, weekends and other forms of leisure activities to stimulate the relation between the members themselves.

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  • How do I enroll myself for a program?

    First of all, check whether you satisfy the conditions for your chosen program. You can enroll yourself on the site of studielink.

    Some programs will have a selection procedure for the 2019-2020 study year. Check whether your program is having a selection procedure. The enrollment will close on January 15th 2019. More information about selection is given on this page.

  • How is the study load divided during the bachelor Applied Mathematics?

    Every year is divided in 2 semesters (September - January and February - July). Every semester is split into two quartiles of 10 weeks. In those 10 weeks you will follow colleges, go to instructions and practicals. During the last two weeks of every quartile the exams will be held. Normaly, in the beginning of your study you will follow colleges in the morning. Instructions and and practicals will be in the afternoon. The study load during the entire study year is 42 weeks of 40 hours. Gradually during your study, there will be more work in the form of projects. You will study at least 15...

  • Which courses will be taught during the bachelor Applies Mathematics?