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Master's degree in Mathematics

InformationCourse/CS accredited by the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES).

Providing advanced mathematical training either to prepare students to initiate an international career in scientific investigation or to explore professional activities that require mathematical expertise.

In addition to preparing students for research, the course also opens the following optional paths: attending a third cycle (doctoral) degree in mathematics; entering in the job market with a highly appropriate level of specialisation. The degree covers both fundamental and specialised topics, providing preparation of both the theoretical and applied natures. The wide range of modules to choose from allows learners to cover both fundamental and specialised topics. Students may also enrol in curricular modules from other FCUP master’s programmes as a complement to their training.

This is a highly international degree due to the existence of protocols with other universities and the participation of this programme in a European network. This experience is essential nowadays, due to the ever-increasing globalisation of the labour market, compounded by the high levels of competition in both the academic and business sectors.

This second cycle degree is intended primarily for those who have graduated from first cycle mathematics degrees, or those from other fields with a thorough grounding in maths. It is a constant concern of the department to maintain a course structure which offers the possibility of success to those candidates coming from other first cycle degrees.

Schedule and teaching language

All materials will be distributed in English, including exams, class notes, and other statements. Oral communication will be in English, unless that is not justified.

Admissions Requirements

  1. To hold a degree in mathematics or another scientific area with a strong background in mathematics.
  2. To hold a foreign higher education degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the graduate degree in Mathematics.
  3. To hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as certifying the ability to carry out this cycle of studies by the statutory competent scientific body (according to the regulation of the second cycles of the UP).

Remark: The applicants who do not prove to have completed their bachelor degree (or equivalent) by the end of the registration period will be excluded.

Criteria for Selection and Ranking

The following applicants will be admited to selection process:

  1. Applicants who have completed a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics.
  2. Applicants who, having not yet completed their Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, have completed a minimum of 90 ECTS in units of Mathematics of their Bachelor, and have the possibility of completing it by the end of the deadline for enrollment.
  3. Applicants with a Degree in another scientific area with a strong background in Mathematics, meaning the equivalent to a minimum of 90 ECTS in the curricular units of the area of Mathematics.

Ranking Criteria

  1. Criterion 1 : Academic Curriculum Vitae: (95%)
    1. Subcriterion 1: Training area and adjusted grade of the curricular units (UCs) in the area of Mathematics in the Bachelor's Degree (85%)
      The adjusted grade is obtained by normalising the average grade to the 0-20 scale, adding the value of ln(R/r), and rounding to the nearest integer in the 0-20 scale, with ln expressing the natural logarithm and R and r being, respectively for the University of Porto and the university issuing the degree, the positions in the world ranking published in http://www.webometrics.info.
      For the Applicants who do not yet have completed a Bachelor's Degree and/or have an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the statutory competent scientific body, instead of the average grade of their Degree, will be used the average of the grades in the curricular units (UCs) carried out that are mentioned in the student's application process.
    2. Subcriterion 2: Relevant scientific papers published in the area of Mathematics (5%)
    3. Subcriterion 3: Merit awards related to the area of Mathematics (5%)
  2. Criterion 2 : Professional experience in teaching mathematics courses (5%).

Tiebreaker : The first tiebreaker will be the adjusted grade of the Bachelor's degree and the second tiebraker will be the number of ECTS in the curricular units (UCs) in the area of Mathematics.
In cases where the scientific Committee for the Master in Mathematics believes that a better assessment of the candidate's competences would be necessary, the candidate may be called for an interview. In this case, the maximum weight to be given will be: 85% for the Academic Curriculum Vitae (CVA) assessed by Criterion 1 and for the professional experience assessed in Criterion 2, and 15% for the interview. In the evaluation of the CVA, the rules that are explicit in Criterion 1 apply.



Course Director: m.mat.diretor@fc.up.pt
Postgraduate Section: pos.graduacao@fc.up.pt
Students: m.mat@fc.up.pt

This information is provided strictly for informational purposes
and does not preclude consultation of the Official Gazette.

General information

Official Code: 9315
Director: Carlos Menezes
Acronym: M:M
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Master's degree in Mathematics (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization in Mathematics (75 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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