This combination of science and business will both train you as a researcher in Mathematics and prepare you for going into industry and business.
In close co-operation with senior research staff, you will do your own research project. Courses on theory on the frontier of science will further enhance your knowledge. In a networked and case-based programme on management, business and entrepreneurship you will learn about running science-driven companies and exploiting business opportunities created in research. Your newly acquired knowledge and skills you will apply and enhance further in a company internship or business assignment.
“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.”