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Mathematics and Physics form the basis for all technical and scientific research. These two subjects are an indispensable prerequisite for technological developments in modern society. The University of Stavanger offers a Master’s programme primarily focusing on mathematical and physical modelling.

The Master of Science in Mathematics and Physics is based on a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and/or physics, or other degrees with corresponding documented in-depth content of mathematics and physics courses. The principal aim of the program is to teach students advanced mathematical and physical modelling.

This 2-year program consists of course part and research part. The course part is structured in a common core of mathematics, physics and statistics courses, totalling 30 credit points. This secures a common basic foundation in mathematical, physical and statistical modelling. Additionally, specialized courses comprising 30 credit points are offered in each of these three fields. The research part with 60 credit points results in a master thesis. The student is conducting original scientific research under supervision. The student shall acquire knowledge in how to report and present scientific results.

The course descriptions on the website give details about:

  • Curriculum and course literature
  • Methods of work and teaching
  • Methods of evaluation

Information regarding advanced courses

The advanced courses chosen in the second term (spring term) is the basis for further work on the master thesis. All courses may not be taught each year. If there are only a few students in a course, it may be taught as a supervised self-study course.

Other advanced courses than those listed may be approved on application.

Academic requirements for MSc in Mathematics and Physics

In order to be eligible for master’s programmes in Norway, you need to document a bachelor’s degree of minimum three years. Depending on where you completed upper secondary education, you may be required to have more than three years of university education. Please check the GSU-list for detailed information and requirements for each country.

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.


The minimum GPA (grade point average) for admission to this Master’s programme is 60% or 3 on the ECTS grading scale. However, admission to this programme is highly competitive and applicants must demonstrate good academic standards and top grades.

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