International Double MSc Degree

Mathematics for Real World Applications

2 years (120 ECTS)
Full time
Degree type
Double MSc
8 (Canada, Czechia, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden)
Partner universities
Specialisation tracks
ECTS credits
MSc Degrees Awarded
Medium of Instruction: English
RealMaths – Mathematics for Real World Applications is a set of 2-year Double MSc programmes with focus on scientific computing and applications. Students spend one year at the University of L’Aquila and one year in one of the partner institutions.

Our specialisations include modern applications in material science or socio-economical sciences, as well as innovative methodologies in high performance computing and data analysis.

Programme Overview

Join RealMaths and gain a double MSc Degree in Applied Mathematics from two of our partner universities.
The programme starts every September and is structured in 2 academic years, each of which is studied in a different country, as sketched below.
The current programme structure involves spending Year 1 in L'Aquila (Italy) and Year 2 in one of the other partner universities.
For the second year our scientific committee will decide who goes where. The committee will do their best to reach a compromise between the choices made by each student in their application and the need for allocating a balanced number of students to each partner university.
The RealMaths programme assures the smooth credit transfer between partner universities and the awarding of a double MSc degree after earning 120 ECTS credits from a given list of courses all taught in English.
Year 1 in L'Aquila

Year 1 in L'Aquila

You will spend your first year in L'Aquila
Learn More about Year 1 in L'Aquila

Programme Details

Double MSc Degrees in Mathematics for Real World Applications Awarded by the InterMaths Consortium

In the second year of the RealMaths Double Degree programme students will be working on their Master thesis, co-tutored by two researchers, one for each of the two institutions involved in their degree programme. Both thesis and defence will be conducted in English. The thesis defence will be conducted according to the teaching regulations of both the academic institutions involved.

Though candidates will receive a double degree, they will have to defend their thesis only once. This will take place in front of a board of examiners including one professor/researcher, at least, for each of the two institutions awarding the master's degree. It will be run starting from June (and no later than September) of your Year 2, but the candidate will have to have completed all their exams first.

The RealMaths Programme is designed for completion in two academic years of full-time study and is taught in English. Upon successful completion of the Degree Programme,students are awarded two master of science degrees, one for each of the two Consortium Institutions involved in their curriculum.

Below you can find a list of the local Master's degrees awarded by the RealMaths consortium.

MSc Mathematical Engineering issued by the University of L’Aquila

MSc Mathematics and Applications issued by the University of Aveiro

MSc Mathematical Engineering issued by the Brno University of Technology

MSc Nanotechnology issued by the Gdansk University of Technology;

MSc Mathematics issued by the University of Karlstad

MSc Mathematics issued by the University of Silesia in Katowice

MSc Mathematics issued by Silesian University of Technology

MSc Applied and Industrial Mathematics issued by York University

Language Policy

Any activity (lectures, seminars, exams, laboratories, thesis) of the InterMaths Double Degree programmes (for both first and second year) will be conducted in English. To this purpose all enrolled students are required to prove an advanced level of English (CEFR B2/C1 level), certified by any of the following tests:
  • IELTS Academic: overall band score of 6.0 or above;
  • TOEFL iBT: overall score of 80 or above;
  • PTE Academic: 56 or above overall;
  • C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge Advanced English): overall score of 169 or above;
  • or equivalent to the above.
If you are an international student, every semester (except for the fourth one) you'll be required to attend (and earn the related ECTS credits of) a course of the language and culture spoken in the country where you'll be spending such a study period. Upon successfully completing each language course, students will be awarded 3 ECTS credits, which will be recorded as extra credits in the student's curriculum. That is to say that all international students will have to attend:
  • a beginner's (A1) course of Italian language during the first semester
  • an elementary (A2) course of Italian language during the second semester.
When moving to one of our partners for their second year, you'll also have to achieve a beginner's (A1) level in the local language spoken there by the end of the third semester. So, for instance, if you're going to spend your second year in Katowice, you'll have to attend: a beginner's (A1) course of Polish language during the third semester.

Credit Transfer Policy

The InterMaths students are required to earn 120 ETCS credits (30 per semester, i.e. 60 per year) to graduate.

Student's performance is documented through the national grading system in force at each partner institution. The transfer and recognition of grades from one institution to another follows the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and is based on the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area.

Below you can view a chart showing the different grading scales in use at each partner institution and the corresponding grades (A, B, C...) and GPA.


While applied mathematics has a longstanding history and tradition in classically related fields such as physics and engineering, it was only in recent years that research scientists started to rely on applied mathematicians to develop more refined and adequate models and techniques to be used in real-world applications. In actual fact, the past 20 years have seen an explosion of new mathematical tools used in biology, medicine, social sciences, material sciences, manufacturing, artificial intelligence, big data.

Higher education has started only recently to formulate such recent developments in the framework of well-structured study programmes encompassing both mathematics and real-world applications. This is partly due to academic research being still structured, to some extent, in separate compartments, with the likely consequence that a very useful “applied” mathematical result may have poor chancesto be published
in a renowned mathematical journal (unless it features truly innovative maths, no matter what the application is).

The International Double MSc Degree RealMaths aims at being a forerunner in this sense. We are an academic programme providing both advanced modern mathematics and a strong focus on real-world applications. The programme takes advantage of the very diverse skills and competencies shared by the “InterMaths Network” partners. Such a diversity defines the programme’s aims and objectives, in that it allows to provide complementary skills combining mathematics and other applied disciplines. To perform this task, the RealMaths Programme is structured into two years spent in two different universities in two different countries at least, in which the student is enrolled at the same time.

Our set of curricula covers a broad range of topics, mostly depending on the partners involved. After having gained an adequate and modern methodological preparation for the study and development of mathematical models in the first part of the programme, candidates will then have the opportunity to choose their second-year destination depending on the specialisation offered by the institutions involved.

Our graduates will possess the proper mindset of an applied mathematician combined with the capability to dialogue with experts from other sectors. Depending on the study path they will follow, students will be ready to undertake a PhD in Applied Mathematics as well as to start a career in businesses, industries, and governments.


Scholarships by the University of L'Aquila

If you submit your appication to us before March 2, 2023 (1 pm Italy time), you will automatically be considered for a few scholarships provided by the University of L'Aquila worth EUR 8,500 to finance your Year 1 on the "RealMaths Double MSc Degree". 

The number of scholarships allocated to our programme has not been defined yet. However, you may consider that for the 2021 intake 3 scholarships have been provided to our students.

How to apply? No additional application is required. The University overall ranking (which will involve all the other international students enrolling in other UAQ international programmes) will be based on our own ranking. If you're selected, you will receive an award notification via email from the office in charge (International Relations Office of the University of L'Aquila) typically in June-July.

Travel contribution

All the students enrolling in the RealMaths or MathMods programme might also obtain travel contributions from the University of L'Aquila, which will be paid (depending on the amount of budget available for the current year) to candidates arriving in time for the beginning of the programme activities.

How to apply? If the contribution is available, you will receive instructions via email at some point in Semester1 from the International Relations Office of the University of L'Aquila. Save your flight ticket, boarding pass etc. just in case such a contribution might be available for the current year.

Erasmus+ scholarships: Students Mobility for Study (KA131)

Not to be confused with Erasmus Mundus (EMJMD) scholarships!

All our international students can benefit from Erasmus+ scholarships KA131 (Mobility for Study), provided by the EU via the University of L'Aquila, to finance up to 12 months spent on a mobility abroad ("abroad" from the viewpoint of a L'Aquila student). This means that such a scholarship will help you cover your Year 2 expenses in our partner universities if you are on the RealMaths programme.

Please consider that for your mobility you might also benefit from an additional special fund by the Italian Ministry of Education usually referred to as "Fondo Giovani" and which is addressed to low-income students.

All in all such scholarships, i.e. Erasmus+ for Mobility (~300 EUR/month) and Fondo Giovani (max. 500 EUR/month depending on your family income) are expected to award our students up to EUR 800 per month for 12 months at most.

How to apply? Detailed information about how to apply and what such funding may cover, will be provided during the first year (applications usually open before/after Christmas).

Other funding opportunities and benefits

2023-intake students may also obtain other funding opportunies and benefits even from our partner universities (some of our partner universities, for instance, have offered accommodation at reduced fares to our students in Year2). Detailed information about how to apply and what such funding may cover, will be emailed to applicants later on.

To give an idea, you may find below details about the funding opportunities available to students of the 2021 cohort.

In their Year1 & Year2 they have all been receiving from the Abruzzo Region Agency for Education (A.D.S.U.):

  • An average of 2,000 EUR per year as allowance 
  • Up to 1,500 EUR per year as rent reimbursement
  • Free meals at UAQ canteens.
Note, such a grant is usually paid in 2 instalments: 1) a very small part at the end of December; 2) at some poin in the summer.

How to apply? Application usually opens in August. Scholarships are addressed to students from low-income families. A few more details will be provided via email by us. For a more direct support, you may refer to our Alumni Association.


Participation costs

EUR 2,250 per semester (i.e. 4 installments for a total of EUR 9,000), which include the tuition fees, and any other mandatory costs related to student participation in the programme. Participation costs do not include insurance, accommodation costs, living costs, travelling costs, the cost of equipment or books or the sports centres.

Partial fee waiver

The RealMaths Consortium will grant the 2023-cohort students partial waiver of the participations costs. Based on that, the student will only have to pay the RealMaths Consortium:

- a total of 2,000 EUR, to be paid in four installments (500 EUR/semester) at the beginning of each term.

With regard to the first semester, a 300-EUR non-refundable deposit will be required within 30 days after notification of selection, whereas the remainder is to be cleared before Semester 1 begins.

Student support

Support via email is available to our students and applicants throughout the year (responses are usually given in no more than 48 hours) in order to handle as many practical matters as possible, for example:

  • applicants are assisted in pre-enrolement matters (how to apply, details on scholarships, documents required, queries about the study programme, etc.);
  • selected students receive all the support they may need before actually joining our programme: invitation letters, visa, embassies, health insurance;
  • enrolled students keep being assisted on many occasions, as when documents for various purposes need to be produced (registration certificates, transcripts of records...).

Direct support is offered by our teams, Alumni Association and international offices at each node to handle matters related to students' accommodation, arrival, health care and the like. Our dedicated Team and Alumni Association are made up of experienced welfare advisers, who can give help and advice on a variety of subjects, including general and personal matters. We also organise a couple of social events for international students, which include trips to the surrounding areas and dinners. Some examples of the support services available to our students are given below:

  • general welfare issues;
  • advice on academic policies and procedures;
  • issues relating to our program, academic progress, failure or exclusion;
  • information about the university and local community;
  • welcome and orientation meetings;
  • enrolment at university and related support (e.g. exam registration).

Student agreement

The RealMaths Programme is designed for completion in two academic years of full-time study.

At the beginning of their studies, students shall sign an agreement with the Consortium Coordinator, which contains important information about the obligations and responsibilities they assume when they are accepted to programme.

More specifically, the agreement regulates the duration of the whole Degree Programme; the structure of the joint study path, mobility, and study plan; attendance and responsibility for health and social insurance; circumstances that can lead to automatic exclusion from the Degree Programme, Consortium administrative fees and contribution to participation costs.

Students who are unable to complete their studies before the deadlines set in the student agreement may make a request to the Management Board for an extension of up to a maximum of one additional academic year.

InterMaths Network
A network of 12 European Universities, coordinated by Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics (DISIM) at University of L'Aquila in Italy (UAQ)