Mathematics is a multifaceted subject. Applied Mathematics focuses on using mathematics to model and simulate practical practical situations. If you are interested in calculations that are placed in a technical context, this is the degree programme for you.
Whereas the Mathematics degree is concerned with abstract matters, the emphasis in the Applied Mathematics programme is on the mathematics behind practical applications. One example is computing the flows of water, air or blood. Other examples are operating systems for robots, aeroplanes and satellites. The ability to think in an abstract way is still important – when you study Applied Mathematics, you also learn how to structure your reasoning and draw conclusions.
The University of Groningen offers degree programmes in Mathematics as well as Applied Mathematics. Year 1 is largely the same for both Bachelor’s programmes. You gradually work towards your specialisation.