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Do you want to gain knowledge and skills in mathematics? Then this programme is for you.

The master’s degree programme in mathematics has two specializations: one in mathematics education and the other in pure mathematics. Mathematics education covers issues related to the teaching of mathematics and prepares students to become mathematics teachers; pure mathematics delves deeper into advanced concepts and methods. Both specializations qualify students for lectureships after completing practical pedagogical education (PPU), as well as for PhD studies.

The University of Agder has a strong team of experts in mathematics and mathematics education, and in 2013 was awarded the status of National Centre of Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (MatRIC) from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, NOKUT.

What do you learn?

The specialization in Mathematics gives you a deep and advanced understanding of mathematical problems and methods. You learn to apply theoretical and practical knowledge in mathematics and gain in-depth knowledge in research on mathematics.

Job opportunities

The master's specialisation in pure mathematics will prepare you for a career in mathematics and mathematical research. There is significant demand for qualified mathematicians in modern society, and employment opportunities are found in information technology, engineering, finance, economics, and insurance. Employers in a society characterised by constant change value mathematicians with the ability to quickly understand new issues.

The programme in combination with PPU (Practical Pedagogical Education) qualifies for teaching at upper secondary level.

Course structure

Admission requirements

The Master programme is based on the four-year Teacher Training programme or a Bachelor programme in Mathematics. For the Teacher Training programme students there is a requirement of 90 ECTS in mathematics, and for bachelor-students 80ECTS where at least 20ECTS is in level 2.

Admission requirements state that students must have a mark of C or better before entering the programmme.

Admission takes place in accordance with regulations on admission to studies and courses at the University of Agder

Application period

  • Non-EU/EEA international applicants: From 1 November - 1 December (subject to change)
  • EU/EEA applicants: From 1 February - 1 March.
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: From 1 February - 15 April.

Tuition fees

The Norwegian government has introduced tuition fees for students from countries outside of the EU/EEA and Switzerland.

Please read more about the tuition fees here.

Student exchange

In an increasingly globalised world, the workplace puts more and more demands on global insight and experience. UiA seeks to integrate exchange programs in all studies.

All you need to know about exchange studies

What students say

Besjona Shkurti from Albania
Master in Mathematics - Mathemathics Education


Application deadline

1 Dec (subject to change)/1 Mar


120 ECTS Credits

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Questions regarding admission

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Meet the lecturer, Martin Carlsen