Objectives and competences

The Master in Advanced Mathematics is intended for graduate students with certificates or bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics. It is also open to holders of other diplomas requiring a strong background in Mathematics.

The master  provides students with advanced knowledge, skills and methodological tools to pursue scientific or professional activities in the field of Mathematics and its applications. In particular, it introduces students to the world of research, in preparation for PhD studies.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Branch of knowledge
  • Mathematics and statistics
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available30
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionEnglish
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main universityUniversitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Bridging coursesYes

Objectives and competences


The primary objective of the master's degree in Advanced Mathematics is to provide specialized, high-quality education in different areas of knowledge in mathematics and its applications. The master's degree program has also been designed to provide students with the tools they will need to perform high-level scientific or professional tasks, such as expertise in and the application of advanced computing methods, the capacity to work in multidisciplinary environments and the capacity to transmit advanced mathematical knowledge, among others.


Participants in the program will acquire a set of general skills, including the ability to apply the knowledge and abilities gained throughout the course, effective time and resource management, utilization of new technologies for accessing specialized bibliographic databases, gathering information essential for problem-solving and synthesis, and the capacity to collaborate efficiently within a team.

The specific skills that participants will acquire include the ability to understand the concepts and rigorous proofs of fundamental theorems of both general and specific areas of mathematics, the capacity to apply the results and techniques learned to solve complex problems in academic or professional contexts, the capacity to choose and use the most suitable computer tools to approach math-related problems, and the capacity to design, develop and implement efficient computer programs to approach problems related to mathematics.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants should also have an interest in pursuing a career in mathematical research, either at the university or in an affiliated research center, or a career in the private sector requiring a high training in mathematics (finance, biomedicine, information and communication technologies, etc.).

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university degree.

  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.

  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements
This course is open to all those in possession of a bachelor's degree in mathematics or an equivalent official degree qualification.
Applicants with a degree in physics, engineering, economics or other similar disciplines, or an officially recognized equivalent degree, granted by an EHEA university, or students with a bachelor's degree in mathematics or any of the other abovementioned disciplines, or with an equivalent degree, granted by a university not belonging to the EHEA may be admitted with approval from the Coordination Committee. The committee will evaluate the students' potential to assimilate the content of the master's program based on their previous studies and will decide, if deemed necessary, to require these students to take bridging courses up to a maximum of 30 credits within the subjects offered in the bachelor's degree in Mathematics as taught by the UB's Faculty of Mathematics.



First Period (25 places): February 5th to March 1st, 2024
Publication of the list of eligible students (the eligible applicants will be in the acceptance committee desk): March 15th, 2024
Official decision on Masters' accepted students: April 5th, 2024

Second Period (5 places): May 13th to June 13th, 2024
Publication of the list of eligible students (the eligible applicants will be in the acceptance committee desk): June 25th 2024
Official decision on Masters' accepted students: July 11th, 2024


  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

  • Pre-enrolment application
  • Photocopy of degree certificate or equivalent qualification. In case of admission, foreign degrees that require so should be translated and authenticated through diplomatic channels before completing the enrolment.
  • Other specific documentation related to the selection criteria
    1. A copy of your Transcript of Records in either Catalan, English, or Spanish.
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. A motivation letter (statement of purpose) is also recommended.


Selection criteria

The Master's Coordinating Committee will assess students based on:
- Academic excellence. A strong academic background in mathematics, typically evidenced by a high undergraduate score. This ensures that candidates have a solid foundation in mathematical principles and the capability to succeed in an advanced mathematics program.
- Research potential. Demonstrated research experience or the potential to engage in advanced mathematical research is a valuable criterion. This could include a relevant undergraduate thesis, participation in mathematical competitions, or other experiences showcasing the candidate's ability to contribute to the field.



As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 9
Optional 36
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 15

List of subjects

Bridging courses

Previous years


Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

The Master in Advanced Mathematics equips students for scientific and professional roles within the field of Mathematics and its applications. The program provides specialized training, preparing students for positions of expertise in university research (as a precursor to PhD studies), government, industry, banking, finance, insurance, consultancy, information and communication technologies, and other relevant domains.