There is a long tradition of mathematics at Linnaeus University. You can study for a bachelor or a master degree and we also carry out research in mathematics that is of a high international level.

Mathematics is one of the oldest sciences. It is also an important basis for a number of other subject fields. Perhaps in particular for physics, chemistry and astronomy, but also for subject fields like statistics, business and economics, and technology.

As opposed to the natural sciences, mathematics is abstract. It is not tied to concrete and specific observations and problems, but can be applied generally. This makes it a tool for both formulating and solving problems within a number of different fields. Therefore, courses in analysis and algebra form the basis for all education within the natural sciences and engineering all over the world, and are an important part of the basis also when studying business and economics.

At Linnaeus University you can study mathematics and didactics of mathematics as well as mathematical statistics. You can deepen your knowledge and study for a master degree in mathematics or applied mathematics. All in all, we are about 50 people who work within the field of mathematics, primarily in Växjö.

What does a mathematician do?

The society we live in today is to an ever increasing extent based on mathematical models and calculations. As a mathematician, you learn how to construct, use and analyse models and methods to solve different types of problems. However, not only the solutions themselves are of interest, but also the development of the methods used to solve the problems. In this work, the computer is an indispensable tool.

Mathematicians can work as systems designers or programmers, with teaching, carry out statistical analyses, solve optimisation problems, prognosticate and so on. Their analytical skills and experience of computers make them interesting for many different lines of business – in addition to the computer sector and the school sector also for the telecom, automotive, finance and insurance sectors.

"The skills of mathematicians are in demand today and it is easy to get a job. The same is true för statisticians. The development within the IT sector has also been of great significance, both for the possibilities to describe and model reality and for the demand for competence. Mathematicians with specialisation in statistics, the bank sector, the insurance sector or the IT sector have particularly good prospects", Saco, Framtidsutsikter, November 2016 (in Swedish).


Courses in mathematics


Our research in mathematics is of a high international level and has both theoretical and practical focus. We offer third-cycle education in mathematics, didactics of mathematics and applied mathematics.



Staff within mathematics and mathematics education

Staff mathematics