The two existing Master’s programmes in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Stockholm University will be suspended, and the new programme will integrate both of these branches of mathematics. The entry requirements will be higher, and the content will be more internationally viable than before.

Yishao Zhou, who is the programme director at Stockholm University, says that the old, lower entry requirements have been a deterrent for many international students. “If you are paying for your education, you would rather go to England or the United States, to universities with strong brands and high requirements”, she says. With the new programme, she is hoping that Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology will be able to benefit from each other’s names and attract good students. The fact that there will now be a strong programme in Sweden will also benefit mathematics as a subject.