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Presentation of the Second Level Degree in Mathematics

By attending the Second Level Degree program in Mathematics, students can specialize in various areas of Mathematics, including both theory and applications. Students choose among different curricula, focusing on one or more fields of Mathematics, and at the end of their study program they prove their independence by working on their thesis (this amounts to roughly 30% of the total workload).

Students of the Second Level Degree in Mathematics have the opportunity to join the ALGANT program, which is an Erasmus Mundus project of the European Union focused on Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory. For more information, please visit the ALGANT webpage of this site and the ALGANT-Padova website.

Many courses of the Second Level Degree program in Mathematics are taught in English, especially (but not only) those that are included in the ALGANT program. However, these courses can be also part of the study program of students not participating in the ALGANT project.

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Entrance requirements

In order to enrol on the Second Level Degree in Mathematics, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • they must have a First Level Degree in the class of Mathematical Sciences with a final grade of at least 85/110, or an equivalent degree (in this case the equivalence is decided by a committee);
  • they must have obtained overall at least 50 ECTS credits in the fields of Algebra (MAT/02), Geometry (MAT/03), Mathematical Analysis (MAT/05), Probability and Mathematical Statistics (MAT/06), Mathematical Physics (MAT/07), and Numerical Analysis (MAT/08).

More details and exceptions can be found here [pdf, in Italian]. In particular, a different entrance procedure and/or admission tests can be arranged for highly prepared students not fulfilling the above requirements.

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Job opportunities

Job opportunities after obtaining a Second Level Degree in Mathematics are quite flexible and can be roughly grouped as follows:

  • Many of our former students find an occupation in several different areas of the job market, such as counseling, finance, industry, informatics. Maths graduates are often preferred to other graduates because of their abstraction skills, mental flexibility, and ability to develop original ideas not necessarily belonging to the "toolbox" usually adopted in that specific job.
  • A number of our former students choose to become high-school teachers.
  • Another option is to attend a PhD program in the theory or applications of Mathematics (or some other scientific fields). In this case, the natural outlook would be to work in academia or in non-academic research centers.

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