Studies at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics



Mathematics has been one of the core fields of study since the beginnings of the University. The first Rector of the Academy of Mining, as the University was then called, was Professor Antoni Hoborski, a mathematician. In 1969, out of the several Chairs of Mathematics and Descriptive Geometry existing at the University, the Institute of Mathematics was founded and its employees conducted mathematics courses at all the Faculties of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy. In 1997, following the decision of the Senate of the AGH University of Science and Technology, the former Institute of Mathematics was converted into the Faculty of Applied Mathematics. The Faculty offers first-cycle (bachelor’s degree), second-cycle (master’s degree) and postgraduate studies in the field of mathematics. The study programmes are focused on contemporary applications of mathematics in other fields of knowledge, in particular, in banking and finance, computer science, management, biology, materials engineering, electronics, automation, mechanics and telecommunications. This enables graduates to work with specialists in other fields and facilitates employment in industry, banks, the insurance sector, the IT industry, administration, science and education. Among other branches of mathematics and its applications around which the scientific activities of the Faculty staff revolves and which should be mentioned, there are : discrete mathematics with special emphasis on graph theory, functional analysis, computational mathematics, statistics, differential equations, geometry, stochastic analysis and its applications in financial mathematics. The Faculty has the right to confer the doctor's degree.

The Faculty of Applied Mathematics at AGH offers the following degree programmes:

-1st cycle

- 2nd cycle

in the field of mathematics. Second-cycle studies can be taken within the framework of six specializations (majors) or without choosing any. The Faculty of Applied Mathematics also offers postgraduate study programmes.

Detailed rules for admission to study programmes (including studies in the field of mathematics) can be found at: kandydaci.agh.edu.pl.

Why is mathematics worth studying?

Mathematics is a beautiful, universal and useful science. It allows to construct models of physical, chemical, technical, economic and social phenomena, at the same time providing tools for carrying out simulations (now mostly computerized) based on these models. As a result, we are able to predict the behavior of structures and devices before they are actually built, to efficiently manage companies and entire countries, and also to describe both space phenomena and ionic channels or nanostructures. Once a mathematical theorem is proven, it never gets outdated, therefore the knowledge gained during studies will never depend on changing technologies, place or time, and will not be subject to various trends and fashions. On the contrary, it will always be possible to use it in numerous situations, limited only by one’s own creativity and imagination. Over the last decades, we have witnessed tremendous progress in computer technology. The first quantum computers may soon appear and they will be many times more efficient devices than the contemporary classical computers. While looking forward to this, intensive research into quantum computing algorithms is already being carried out. Based on mathematical knowledge, we are also trying to find answers to questions like: “Can computers think?” or “Do philosophers need quantum theory?”.

Why is mathematics at the AGH UST worth studying?

·         you will be studying at the very centre of Krakow, at the AGH University of Science and Technology, i.e. a university which is ranked at the very top in annual rankings of higher education institutions

·         our studies are oriented at emphasizing potential applications of mathematics

·         a generous scholarship offer is available

·         analyses carried out by the AGH UST Career Centre indicate that 100 per cent of our graduates find employment, and most of them get employed within one month after the defense of their thesis.

·         our students can study mathematics in parallel with studying one of the technical disciplines at another AGH UST Faculty

·         within the framework of the MOSTECH and ERASMUS exchange programmes, our students can pursue part of their studies at another university in Poland or Europe, whereas students from other universities can study at the Faculty.

What to do after studies…

Students and graduates can not only count on finding an interesting job in the computer industry, finance or insurance but also participate in important research projects in the field of computational methods, discrete mathematics, mathematical and computer modelling in technology, as well as probabilistic and statistical methods. As experience shows, mathematics graduates, regardless of the specialization studied, are very well prepared for learning new issues specific to a given discipline or company in the workplace. The range of careers available for our graduates is extremely wide in the conditions of intensively developing economy in Poland: from large industrial facilities, through design and construction offices, financial institutions, insurance companies and research institutes, to education at all levels at home and abroad. Finally, there is also the possibility of scientific work in: economic sciences, computer sciences, engineering sciences and mathematics itself.