Double MSc Degree

Mathematics for Real World Applications

2 years (120 ECTS)
Full time
Degree type
Double MSc
7 (Czechia, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Ukraine)
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.

Upon successfully completing all the activities of the RealMaths programme including successful defence of their thesis, students will be awarded a double degree issued by the two universities where the student has completed one academic year (having earned 60 credits minimum in each year).

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 Mathematical Engineering issued by the Brno University of Technology

MSc in Nanotechnology issued by the Gdansk University of Technology;

MSc in Mathematics issued by the University of Karlstad

MSc in Mathematics issued by the University of Silesia in Katowice

MSc in Applied Mathematics issued by the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

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.


Scholarships by the University of L'Aquila

By submitting your appication before March 2, 2022 (1 pm Italy time), you will automatically be considered for scholarships provided by the University of L'Aquila worth EUR 8,500 to finance your Year 1 on "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 Double MSc Degree students.

Erasmus+ scholarships

All "RealMaths Double MSc Degree" students can benefit from Erasmus+ scholarships (augmented by a special fund by the Italian Ministry of Education known as Fondo Giovani) managed by the University of L'Aquila, to finance up to 12 months spent on a mobility abroad. This means that such a scholarship will fully cover your Year 2 in our partner universities.

Detailed information about how to apply and what such funding may cover, will be provided during the first year of studies.

All in all such scholarships (Erasmus+ and Fondo Giovani) are expected to award our students up to EUR 800 per month for 12 months at most.

Other funding opportunities and benefits

For the 2022 intake students may also benefit from several funding opportunies and benefits. Detailed information about how to apply and what such funding may cover, will be emailed to applicants when the selection is completed.

To give an idea, you may find below details about the funding opportunities available to students of the 2020 cohort.

In their Year1 & Year2 they have all been receiving by the Abruzzo Region:

  • 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.

Additionally, some of our partner universities have offered accommodation at reduced fares to our students.

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

For the 2022 intake the InterMaths Consortium will grant the students partial waiver of the participations costs. Based on that, the student will only have to pay the InterMaths Consortium:

- a total of 1,400 EUR, to be paid in four installments (350 EUR/semester) at the beginning of each term.

With regard to the first semester, a 200-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.

RealMaths Double Degree Consortium

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)