Director of degree programme: Professor Lasse Leskelä
Degree: Master of Science (Technology)
Extent: 120 ECTS
Abbreviation: MathOR

Description of the programme

The degree of Master of Science (Technology) consists of a major, an optional minor, master's thesis, and elective studies. The Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research offers the following majors:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Systems and Operations Research

The majors in Applied Mathematics and Mathematics offer long and compact options. The major in Systems and Operations Research is compact. Students taking a compact major take also a minor. Students taking a long major may include an optional minor in their elective studies. The extent of a major may not exceed 65 ECTS. Thus the students always have a choice of a minimum of 25 ECTS completely elective studies.

Long major

Compact major

Each student is assigned a personal academic advisor who guides the student through the programme. The advisor helps the student in writing a personal study plan, and can be consulted in various types of study-related matters, such as selecting a master's thesis supervisor.


The objective of the Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research is to train experts who have a broad knowledge of mathematical methods and strong problem solving skills so that they can successfully tackle challenging problems in science, industry, and society.

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 and statistical 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.