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Master of Mathematical Engineering (Leuven)

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

Without mathematical tools, there would be no internet search engines, no weather forecast, no security in banking. Mathematical models and techniques play an important role in automatic pilot technologies, the analysis of complex data, the design of quieter cars, the optimisation of wind farms and medical scanners. In the contemporary world, mathematics is a critical component of many applications because of the increasing levels of complexity and higher demands from customers and socio-economic conditions.

What is the Master of Mathematical Engineering all about?

Just how does an auto-pilot work? How do you determine the value of financial products such as options? How can one find abnormalities in brain images caused by epileptic seizures? Mathematical techniques have proven crucial for the efficient treatment of the underpinning data that answers these questions, providing fast and accurate simulation and optimisation. The Master in Mathematical Engineering will equip you to with the fundamental expertise necessary to handle, optimise and control data for the application of solutions to contemporary problems.

The emphasis is not on abstract mathematical theory, but on the application, the design, analysis, implementation and use of mathematical models and algorithms in order to solve mathematical problems from industry.


The programme’s primary component is the core technical education, covering a variety of advanced topics in mathematics, process control, system identification, numerical optimisation, numerical simulation of differential equations, scientific software, cryptography, and project-based learning, where students solve a problem that requires a combination of the knowledge and skills taught during the core education.

Secondarily, the students choose from a suite of elective courses to complement the core education. Selecting courses from multiple tracks provide a broad overview of the mathematical techniques and applications in engineering science. The elective courses include technical courses on mathematical approaches, as well as courses that are taught on other master’s programmes that focus on modelling and the application of these mathematical techniques.


  • A broad range of elective courses allows the freedom to develop an individual study programme that’s tuned to your interest.
  • The master is supported by high-quality research that has led to several spin-off companies, fulfilling a variety of applications in the real world.
  • The programme is organised by the Departments Of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and students are able to use the computer infrastructure of both departments.
  • Students will become familiar with different fields of research which broadens their outlook and skill set.

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Career paths

Many small, dynamic, young companies are active in the field of mathematical engineering, but even big players in materials, chemistry, automotive, aerospace, biomedical industries, as well as finance, are increasingly interested in mathematical engineering thanks to the ever-increasing complexity of mathematical models and ever more stringent environmental standards and comfort expectations.

Many of our young graduates start their careers in the R&D departments of high-tech companies or matriculate into one of the university’s PhD programmes. Whichever option they choose, our graduates find themselves at the centre of an in-demand industry with sought after skills and abilities.

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KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding

KU Leuven is Europe’s most innovative university. Located in Belgium, it is dedicated to research, education, and service to society. KU Leuven is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and has a strong European and...

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Why study at KU Leuven

A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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