Applied Mathematics is the research specialisation aimed at students who wish to become thoroughly acquainted with mathematics as it is applied in various aspects of the life sciences.
The Applied Mathematics specialisation focuses on both computational and fundamental aspects of analysis and probability. The specialisation offers courses dealing with such diverse topics as dynamical systems, interacting particle systems, network theory, stochastic differential equations, time series, asymptotic statistics and population genetics. Much of the material is driven by applications in physics and especially the life sciences. In view of this, there are intensive collaborations with Physics, Earth Sciences and Biology departments and the Leiden University Medical Centre. The analysis component of this specialisation focuses on topics such as C *-algebras, percolation, and stochastic dynamics.
“I treat my students as PhD candidates.”
“Our classroom is international; at least half our students come from outside the Netherlands. As professor of Arithmetical Geometry, I want to challenge students with tailor-made training: they can agree reading courses with me, separate from the curriculum. We talk about a particular issue in a one-to-one situation.
I treat my students as PhD candidates. Everything which we offer this last category, we also offer these students. For example, they can take part in workshops at the Lorentz Center. They are expected to take courses in the national masters program Mastermath (currently coordinated in Leiden) as well as 2nd year courses in the WONDER program. Via the ALGANT program we have a close co-operation with the Universities of Bordeaux, Essen, Milano, Padova, Regensburg and Paris-Sud in Orsay. The latter has, in my field, the most prestigious mathematical institute in the world, which has produced a number of Fields Medallists – the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Mathematics. If they wish, students can study a year in Leiden, then in Orsay, or in Bordeaux, Essen, Milano, Padova, Regensburg or vice versa.
We are an ambitious team which also organises seminars, such as the Intercity Number Theory Seminar at which researchers present their latest findings. We want to prepare our students to participate in this seminar.”