Exact Sciences Master Guide2005/2006



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Research variant

  1. Programme


This variant is for students aiming at continuing after the Master's degree for a PhD degree. The emphasis will be less on a broad education and more on specialization, compared with the society oriented variant. The external master's project which concludes the master's programme may, in special cases, be replaced by an internal research project in this variant. There is a possibility of applying for a pre-aio scholarship for those students who will continue as an aio (PhD student). More information can be obtained from the student advisor.

For a description of possible specializations see above under the Society oriented variant.


      1. Compulsory courses





Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

400392

Applied Stochastic Modeling

6

1 and 2

400076

Applied Analysis: Financial Mathematics

6

1 and 2

400107

Computers in de samenleving

4

1 and 2

400213

Project Optimization of Business Processes

6

3

400108

Data Mining Techniques

6

4 and 5



      1. Optional courses Mathematics





BMI optional courses Mathematics

2 out of 6

Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

400352

Stochastic Processes for Finance

6

1 and 2

400336

Caput Stochastic Optimization

6

1 and 2

400171

Statistical Models

4

1 and 2

400260

Optimization of Business Processes

6

4 and 5

400180

Mathematical System Theory

6

4 and 5

400019

Discrete wiskunde

5

4 en 5



      1. Optional courses BMI





BMI optional courses BMI

At least 6 cp has to be chosen out of this list or the list of optional courses Mathematics.

Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

61312020

Business Intelligence

6

1

400111

Evolutionary Computing

6

1

400165

Performance Analysis of Communication Networks

6

1 and 2

400132

Neural Networks

6

1 and 2

60332090

Investments

6

4

61322010

Financial Risk Management

6

4

61332060

Logistics

6

4



    1. Communication variant


If the non-compulsory part of the program is filled in the following way, then one can study in the communication variant. The scriptie replaces the BWI-werkstuk.
      1. Programme


This variant is intended for students with an interest in the communication on science towards the public (e.g. through science journalism or science museums). In this variant the study points that are in other variants intended for a specialization are now used to follow two courses: 'Wetenschapsjournalistiek' (6 cp) and 'Communicatiewetenschap' (6 cp), do a 'scriptie' (9 cp) and a short 'stage' (18 cp). The 'scriptie' replaces the 'BWI werkstuk'. The differentiation is coordinated by prof. dr. Jaap Willems. Adress: Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Dept. of Science Communication, De Boelelaan 1087, B0.29. E-mail jaap.willems@falw.vu.nl.

 

It should be stressed that the short 'stage' can in no way be done as (part of) the requirement to do a final term project.




Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

471014

Wetenschapsjournalistiek

6

03.10.05 - 28.10.05

471006

Communicatiewetenschappen

6

05.09.2005 - 30.09.2005



    1. The Dual Master's Programme

      1. Programme


The dual Master's programme combines work and study. During this programme the student is employed part time, and studies part time. The work has to be relevant for the study. The external master's project is incorporated in the work, although supervision of the external master's project has to involve at least one university staffmember. In addition the student gets some credit points for the work time. Moreover, it is possible to do the BMI paper (6 cp) on a case-study that is work related, provided the case-study is combined with a sound theoretical basis. This makes the total of work related credit points, including the external master's project, 60, being the equivalent of one year of study. Typically, a student participating in the dual master's programme should expect to obtain the Master's diplom after two and a half year.

 

Admission to the dual master's programme is granted to those who have a BMI Bachelor's degree. For those with another univerisity Bachelor's degree, such as Mathematics, Econometrics, Computer Science, or a Bachelor's degree from an institute of higher education, admission may be granted on an individual basis.



Those seeking admission to the dual master's programme should realise that admission also depends on obtaining suitable employment. The VU has contacts with a number of companies that are interested in participating in this programme.

 

For more information concerning the dual master's programme, contact the coordinator for the external master's project, or the student advisor, dr. R.F. Swarttouw (e-mail: rf.swarttouw@few.vu.nl, tel. (020) 59 87787).



 

The total of non-work related credit points should be at least 60.



 

Master's programme (Dual variant) work related: 17 cp, possibly 6 cp for the 'BWI werkstuk' and 37 for the external master project. The 'BWI werkstuk' can be a case study taken from the work environment, provided there is enough theoretical foundation added.




Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

400392

Applied Stochastic Modeling

6

1 and 2

400076

Applied Analysis: Financial Mathematics

6

1 and 2

400107

Computers in de samenleving

4

1 and 2

400108

Data Mining Techniques

6

4 and 5

400206

BWI werkstuk

6

variabel

      1. Optional courses Mathematics





BMI optional courses Mathematics

2 out of 6

Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

400352

Stochastic Processes for Finance

6

1 and 2

400336

Caput Stochastic Optimization

6

1 and 2

400171

Statistical Models

4

1 and 2

400260

Optimization of Business Processes

6

4 and 5

400180

Mathematical System Theory

6

4 and 5

400019

Discrete wiskunde

5

4 en 5



    1. Educational possibilities after the Master

      1. Programme


Each year the faculty offers a number of Ph.D. student positions. Graduate students with excellent grades are invited to apply for one of these positions. A Ph.D. student position is normally awarded for 4 years, during which time the Ph.D. student is expected to finish his Ph.D. thesis. Ph.D. Students are supervised by a full professor, whereas daily supervision is sometimes performed by another member of the scientific staff. Aside from his/her research task (which includes following specialised courses and seminars), the Ph.D. student is also expected to contribute to the education of others.
      1. Training as a researcher in BMI


Within the research groups in Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence there are several possibilities to do a Ph.D. project on BMI related topics. We mention here in particular optimization, queuing theory, statistics, systems and control theory, computational intelligence and topics from business informatics. Any BMI masters student interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree is requested to contact the student advisor, dr. R.F. Swarttouw, rf.swarttouw@few.vu.nl.
      1. Training as a researcher in Mathematics


The department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Sciences offers Ph.D. student positions in one of the following areas:

  • Statistics

  • Probability Theory

  • Operations Research

  • Partial Differential Equations

  • Operator Theory

  • Mathematical Systems Theory

  • Geometry

  • Topology

 

Students interested in a Ph.D. student position can contact the student advisor dr. F. van Schagen, f.van.schagen@few.vu.nl.

All training as a researcher at the Department of Mathematics is carried out under the auspices of the Thomas Stieltjes Institute for Mathematics http://www.math.leidenduniv.nl/~stieltjes

      1. Training as a researcher in Computer Science


The department of Computer Science of the Faculty of Sciences offers Ph.D. student positions in one of the following areas:

  • Information Systems

  • Computer Systems

  • Software Engineering

  • Theoretical Computer Science

  • Bioinformatics

 

Students interested in a Ph.D. student position can contact the student advisor.


      1. Training as a researcher in Artificial Intelligence


The Department of Artificial Intelligence of the Faculty of Sciences offers Ph.D. student positions in one of the following areas:

  • Knowledge technology and knowledge representation; (prof. dr. F. van Harmelen, fah.van.harmelen@few.vu.nl).

  • Agent systems and their dynamics, also offering interesting cooperation opportunities on cognitive science, biology and organisation theory; (prof. dr. J. Treur, j.treur@few.vu.nl).

  • Computational intelligence; (prof. dr. G. Eiben, ae.eiben@few.vu.nl).

 

Students interested in a Ph.D. student position can contact either the persons mentioned or one of the study advisors.

All training as a researcher at the Department of Artificial Intelligence is carried out under the auspices of SIKS, the Dutch research school for Information and Knowledge Systems, http://www.siks.nl.

    1. Optional courses


Although the Master's programmes consist partly of compulsary courses, there is still a lot of freedom to design a programme according to the students interest.

This freedom can be used to pursue a specialization, of which three have already been described shortly, but it can also be used to widen the horizon a bit.

Apart from this there is a national Master's programme in Mathematics. Some of the courses offered there are suitable for BMI students. In additon the 'Landelijk Netwerk Mathematische Besliskunde' offers master-level courses in operations research. See htttp://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~lnmb.

 

The choice of courses needs the approval of the Examination Board. One is advised to consult with the student advisor first.


    1. External master project


Each Master's programme is concluded by an external master project. This is in principle a project to be carried out within a business, industry or research facility other than the departments of Mathematics and Computer Science. Only in special cases can this be replaced by an internal research project. Although the master's project will mostly be an individual project, group projects are possible. Internships proposed by the student him/herself need approval in advance from a member of the staff who will also be involved in the supervision of the project.

More information can be obtained from the webpage of the 'stagebureau'

http://www.few.vu.nl/onderwijs/stage/index-nl.html

 

Concerning masters projects the following rules are important:



  • The size of the project is such that with adequate foreknowledge and no other work to do in parallel, the project can be concluded in half a year.

  • Students can in principle only start their external masters project if they have completed all other courses. In case one course is still to be completed approval of  the project leader is required to start the project. In case more than one course is still to be completed, explicit approval of the examination board is required.

  • Before starting the project it has to be approved by the BMI stage committee. In order to get this approval a short description (1 or 2 pages) should be handed in at the 'stagebureau'. This description should consist of the following items:

- name of the company and the department

- name of the supervisor(s) within the company

- name of the student

- starting date and length of the project

- short problem formulation
- clear formulation of the role the student has to play in the project and what his/her contribution shoul be

- indication of the goals of the project and what the deliverables are (e.g., a mathematical model, a set of programs, a comparitive investigation, experimental data etc.)



  • Upon completion of the project, a meeting will be held with all involved in the project, in which a short evaluation will be made and a final judgement will be given under responsibility of the first advisor from within the staff of FEW. When the final judgement is that the work is unsatisfactory, a supplement will be required from the student(s).
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