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Academic Programme

Applied Mathematics Master's Degree

Diplôme national de master contrôlé par l'État


The Master's Degree in Fundamental Mathematics is the second year specialty of Nantes Université's Master's degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics. Read more

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Language requirements

The programme is taught in English. A good command of the English language is required (B2 score as defined by the Council of Europe).

Career Opportunities

Whether you want to work in the public or private sector, this programme is for you.
With this diploma, you can apply for positions as an engineer, a data scientist or a lecturer-researcher (after a PhD).


MFA Mathematics


This programme provides you with in-depth and specialised training by developing the reflexes of a future researcher in mathematics: a deep understanding of how theories and proofs are articulated, and the ability to understand, present and appraise mathematical texts.
During the second year, you can choose to specialise in various fields at the crossroads of algebra, analysis, geometry and probability.
Afterwards, you will be able to prepare a doctoral thesis in Mathematics.


A strategic discipline
Smartphones, computers, bank cards, artificial intelligence, aircraft, cars... mathematics is everywhere. It is used to meet major technological and environmental challenges, and to measure the economic stakes facing the planet.
Research in fundamental and applied mathematics, for example, is helping to solve problems relating to the environment, sustainable development, energy and climatology. There is an increasingly pressing demand from society for risk prevention and management. To meet this demand, we need to develop tools for obtaining reliable short- and medium-term forecasts, so that we can accurately anticipate extreme events (cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.). Mathematicians play a central role here.
They are also called upon by doctors to optimise the treatment of serious illnesses or surgical procedures, and by geneticists for genome sequencing, etc.

A field that's recruiting
The latest study on the socio-economic impact of mathematics in France estimates that 9% of all jobs in France are affected by mathematics.
Mathematics graduates have an excellent record of professional integration: according to national figures, confirmed by our local surveys, over 95% of Master's graduates have a job. We are proud of their high job satisfaction rate (85%), as well as the fact that they are well suited to the training they have received.



In Nantes, the University is organised into four major campuses along the Erdre River, crossing the city from north to south to the Ile de Nantes on the Loire River.
The programme courses are located on the Lombarderie Campus which is a wooded area well served by public transportation.
Nantes (600,000 inhab.) is located close to the Atlantic Ocean and is regularly rated as one of the most pleasant French cities to live in. Thanks to its beautiful parks, efficient public transport and other policies for sustainable development, Nantes has been awared the
status of European Green Capital.

Programme Leader(s)

Our partners

Research center

Henri Lebesgue Center

In agreement with

Ambition Lebesgue Loire project - Financed by the Pays De la Loire region


Entry requirement

Target audience

  • To enter this Master's degree in 2nd year (3rd semester), applicants should hold a degree equivalent to the first year of a master (i.e. a 3-year Bachelor is not acceptable), for example a 1st year of MSc. You will need to have validated the corresponding courses (or their equivalent) of the 1st year.
    Applicants should be able to demonstrate their knowledge from transcripts of their degrees.


Application procedure

For French students or international students already studying in France.
Selective access to Master 2:

Additional procedure


General information on the programme

Third Semester (30 ECTS)
(i.e. first semester of this second year of master)
  • Analysis - common course
  • Geometry common course
  • Students seminars in Mathematics
  • Conferences and interventions of external guests (optional)
    Algebra and Geometry Basic Course I OR Analysis and probability Basic course
  • Algebra and Geometry Basic Course I OR Analysis and probability Basic course II
Fourth Semester (30 ECTS)
(i.e. second semester of this second year of master)
  • Supervised Advanced Study Project in Mathematics
    Algebra and Geometry Advanced Course I OR Analysis and probability Advanced course I
  • Algebra and Geometry Advanced Course II OR Analysis and probability Advanced course II

What's next?

Level of education obtained after completion


Competencies acquired

  • Advanced expertise in fields related to algebra, analysis, geometry or probability
  • Constructive and critical scientific approach
  • Ability to make a scientific presentation both at the written and oral
  • Analysis of a scientific production in advanced mathematics

Career opportunities

Business sectors

  • Teacher
  • Research engineer
  • Teacher-researcher (after a PhD)
  • Computing engineer
  • Design Engineer and Research and Development Engineer
  • Industrial Project Manager
  • Data Scientist


To find out more about what happens to our graduates, consult the professional integration surveys carried out by the SUIO.


Tuition fee

The cost refers to education and training costs that includes additional services such as French language classes.
A provisional budget is available on Nantes Université's website.
Mis à jour le 03 June 2024.