Applying for RealMaths - Double MSc Degree Programme in Mathematics for Real World Applications

Deadline for RealMaths Double MSc Degree was1 pm 29 February 2024Ranking lists are available here

Our 2-year Double MSc Degree programme "RealMaths" - Mathematics for Real World Applications begins every September. If you are interested to join the forthcoming intake, all you have to do is read the information below and submit your application via our online tool (note that applications submitted via email or post won't be taken into account).

Your application has to be accompanied by some required documents, which are listed below for your convenience.

Funding opportunities and reduction on administrative/tuition fees are also available, as you can read in the dedicated sections that follow.

Entry requirements

Are you eligible?

Application is open to students of any nationality. But before deciding about your eligibility, we need to look through all the required documents. So, if you want to be taken into consideration for our next intake, first check if you meet the minimum academic requirements, then fill in our on-line application form to submit all the required documents. Within a month after the deadline, your application will be evaluated along with all the others received, and a selection list will be published on this page - see below for detail.

Academic Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or other similar field with a very strong mathematical background (BS, BSc, SB, etc. or a degree at the same level of an academic Bachelor's Degree, e.g. its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of high standing, or 180 ECTS credits in the European system)

Language requirements

All applicants are required to prove an advanced level of English (CEFR B2/C1 level), certified by any of the following tests. The list below shows just a few examples, we accept most certificates as long as they verify the required level.

  • 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.

Note also that:

  • Language certificates must not be dated more than 4 years.

  • Language certificates can be uploaded through our online application tool (saved as .pdf) or sent via ETS (our ETS score recipient code is 3676, institution name: University of L'Aquila).

  • Applicants who have conducted their university or secondary-school studies in an English-speaking institution will only have to verify that English is the medium of instruction in such institutions (to this purpose, you will find a dedicated section in the application form - no certificate submission is required).

Documents required

ID-size photograph: around 300x400 pixel, taken in front of a plain white or off-white background and directly facing the camera, with a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
Other additional documents might be submitted only if closely related to the proposed field of study.

For all the above documents, in case they are not written in English, please upload an official English translation, or a translation provided and signed by the Institution awarding your previous degree.

Important Dates


Online application form opens

Deadline for Scholarships by the University of L'Aquila

Deadline for referees

Candidates receive notification of results


Funding opportunities

All the information below is yet to be confirmed for the 2024 edition

Pre Master Bonus

We're proud to confirm that all our 2023-cohort students who attended our PreMaster Program obtained a special bonus worth 100 EUR for each gained ECTS credit (credits are awarded after successfully passing a course examination). That means they obtained up to 1,200 EUR for the first part of the PreMaster Program (consisting of 12 ECTS credits). 

All amounts and conditions are yet to be defined for the 2024 editions. Note that:

  • Contributions are paid at some point after the beginning of the academic year, there is no specific date

  • Students who are EMJMD scholarship holders cannot benefit from such a contribution.

Contribution to travel and installation costs from the University of L'Aquila

Sponsor. University of L'Aquila. Office in charge: International Relations Office

Details. By submitting your application before February 29, 2024 (1 pm Italy time), you will automatically be considered for a contribution to travel and installation costs provided by the University of L'Aquila worth EUR 3,000 (EUR 2,500 for students residing in a Programme country). This type of contribution is not available to InterMaths EMJMD students.

Number of scholarships. The number of scholarships allocated to our programme has not been defined yet. However, consider that in 2023 our network has assigned 32 scholarships.

How to apply? No additional application is required on your side. The University's overall ranking (which will involve all the other UAQ international students) will be based on our ranking. If selected, you will receive an award notification via email from the office in charge ( typically in June-July. Contributions are expected to be paid by the end of December 2024.

Erasmus+ Grant support for Students Mobility for Study (KA131)

Not to be confused with Erasmus Mundus (EMJMD) scholarships!
In the paragraph below with the word "mobility" we refer to a student enrolled at the University of L'Aquila who studies at a partner university abroad for some time. As you'll be enrolled at the University of L'Aquila too for the whole duration of our programme, you're eligible to apply for extra funding when you study abroad ("abroad" from the viewpoint of a L'Aquila student, then).

Sponsor. University of L'Aquila (Erasmus+ funding). Responsible Office: International Relations Office

Details. All our international students can benefit from Erasmus+ grants KA131 (Mobility for Study)provided by the EU via the University of L'Aquila, to finance up to 12 months spent on mobility abroad (for the RealMaths programme, it means the whole Year 2; for MathMods/InterMaths students, that means 6 months for Semester 2 and 6 more months for Semester 3 - if spent away from L'Aquila).

Please consider that for your mobility you might also benefit from an additional special fund (referred to as the Disantavenged fund) addressed to students from families that have generated a low income in Italy.

All in all such grants, i.e. Erasmus+ for Mobility (~300 EUR/month) and Disadvantage Fund (~250 EUR/month depending on your family income in Italy) are expected to award our students up to EUR 550 per month for 12 months at most.

How to apply? Applications for Year2-mobility open in Jan-Feb 2025. There will be a selection mostly based on your previous and current academic achievements. Anyway, note that so far the allocated funding has always been enough to cover all our students going on mobility no matter the final ranking.

Other funding opportunities and benefits

2024-intake students may also obtain other funding opportunities 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 2023 cohort. In their Year1 & Year2 they have all been receiving from the Abruzzo Region Agency for Education (A.D.S.U.) - Abruzzo is the region where L'Aquila is located:

  • Up to 3,000 EUR per year as allowance 

  • Up to 1,500 EUR per year as rent reimbursement

  • Up to 600 EUR max. per 10 months on mobility abroad (not awarded if you have already received an amount that is greater or equal by the University).

  • Free meals at UAQ canteens as of January 2025.

Note, such a grant is usually paid in 2 instalments: 1) a very small part (less than 1,000 EUR) at the end of December; 2) at some point in the following summer.

How to apply? The 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 more direct support, you may refer to our Alumni Association starting in August.

Grants by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI)

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) offers grants to foreign citizens and Italian citizens living abroad to foster international cooperation in cultural, scientific and technological fields, to promote the Italian language and culture and to support Italy’s economic system in the world (According to Law 288/55 and its subsequent changes and additions). 

Note that we don't offer any kind of support with this specific grant, but you may retrieve all the information required from the Ministry's official website.

Also, note that such type of grant might be incompatible with other grants you might be awarded for the same academic year (like the ones listed above by ADSU, Regional Agency). That doesn't mean that you cannot apply for the MAECI grant or for any of the others mentioned on this page. You're free to apply for any of them, but if you're selected, before accepting a specific grant, you'll have to check the related terms & conditions and ensure that they are not incompatible with any other grant you might have accepted in the meantime. If they are incompatible, you'll then have to forgo either before accepting.

Find out more about MAECI grant




Participation costs

EUR 2,250 per semester (i.e. 4 installments for a total of EUR 9,000), which include  registration and tuition fees as well as any other mandatory "academic" costs related to student participation in the programme (i.e. exams, labs and such). 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 2024-cohort students a partial waiver of the participation 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 instalments (500 EUR/semester) at the beginning of each term.

With regard to the first semester, a 344-EUR non-refundable deposit will be required within 30 days after notification of selection, whereas the remainder (156 EUR) is to be cleared before Semester 1 begins.


Selection procedure

Please note that you won't be charged any fee to take part in the whole application and selection process.

In the period 1 March – 14 April 2024 the Evaluation Committee will evaluate all the applications successfully submitted by 1 pm 29 February 2024, and draw up an Absolute Ranking List. Please note that this is the only ranking list that will be used for the awarding scholarships provided by the University of L'Aquila.

Selected students will receive notification nd will be provided information via email about how to confirm their position and start the pre-enrolment phase.

After the publication of the Absolute Ranking List, the Evaluation Committee will periodically evaluate all the applications submitted after 1 pm 29 February 2024, and will periodically publish lists of candidates eligible for admission to the Programme.

The Evaluation Committee will then meet again in mid-August to finalize the pre-enrollments and to remove from the list the students who will not have certified the accomplishment of their bachelor's degree (or equivalent).

Selection criteria


CV, academic records and recognition of the institution awarding the bachelor's degree


Level of English skills



Professional experience

Professional experience, awards of honour with regard to age

In case of an equal score reached by two candidates, the Committee agrees to try and maintain gender balance firstly, and geographical balance secondly.
Selection lists will be available on this page (see the deadlines above).

Application procedure



Register at to get your username and password.



Fill in your application

Go to and log in using the username and password previously created. Then fill in your application form and upload the required documents.


Review your data

When you're 100% sure you've completed your application, review your data by clicking on the Verify button.



Sign and Submit

Click on the Sign and submit button to get a receipt of your submitted data. Note, you won't be enabled to make any more changes at this stage! Once signed, you'll have to upload the signed document back via the online tool to finally SUBMIT your application to us.


Get 2 reference letters

Appoint 2 referees and send them an invitation link from our application tool:
Reference system.



What happens next

Our selection is a comparative one. So, we need to wait until the deadline has passed to start the selection process of all the submitted applications. Within around a month you'll find the selection list on this page

Applications will only be considered for scholarships if they are submitted by 1 pm Italy time 29 February 2024, complete with all required documents - reference letters might be submitted even later on, instead, as explained above.

So, make sure you complete the Sign and Submit process before such deadlines. Your application won't be taken into account unless you generate a PDF receipt, sign it and upload it back using the "Sign and Submit" function. 

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