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Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics

This four-year degree course is composed of 240 ECTS credits, including a final-year project. The degree programme has been approved by ANECA (Spanish National Quality Evaluation and Accreditation Agency) for implementation as of September 2010.

This programme condenses studies of mathematics and informatics into one degree, placing special emphasis on the mathematical foundations of computer science and computer-based tools for mathematics. This programme targets students with an interest and ability in mathematics, a talent for problem solving and assimilating new ideas and technologies, combined with an interest in computers and their use as tools for programing algorithms to solve scientific and engineering problems.

Mathematics and informatics in a single degree course

This four-year degree course is a single not a joint degree programme, with an annual workload of 60 ECTS like any other undergraduate degree. It combines mathematics and informatics subjects, focusing on fields where the two are most relevant to each other and stressing the interrelationships between the two disciplines to shape a degree course that is being successfully taught at leading world universities like Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, the University of Oxford in the UK or Université Pierre et Marie Curie - París VI in France.

The focus and goals of the degree course have been defined in conformance with guidelines drafted by information technologies companies like IBM that have noted the growing need for professionals with a sound knowledge of informatics and mathematics to liaise between experts in the two disciplines. On the one hand, jobs for mathematicians these days require increasing computer proficiency, and, on the other, the key domains where computers are applied, like finance, engineering or life sciences, require a thorough knowledge of mathematics for efficient computerization.

Graduates of this degree will be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies in either mathematics or computer science and specialize in whichever most appeals to them. The benefit for students of taking a single 240-credit degree course like this instead of a joint degree is that if, upon graduation, they complete another one-year course (five years in all), they will have earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and informatics and a 60-credit official master's degree in their chosen field of specialization.


Graduates of this degree programme will be familiar with the key qualities, methods and purposes of mathematics and have a broad-based knowledge of computer science and the interrelationship between the two disciplines. They will be qualified to take jobs of responsibility in the labour market or independently pursue postgraduate studies in scientific and technological disciplines requiring a sound grounding in mathematics and informatics.

The general aims of the degree course are for students to:

  1. Be acquainted with the qualities, methods and purposes of the different fields of mathematics and computer science and be able to identify the mathematics underlying nature, science and technology
  2. Develop abilities of analysis and abstraction, intuition and logical and methodical reasoning through the study of mathematics
  3. Be acquainted with and understand the growing need for the use of computer-based techniques and tools to develop and apply mathematics and be proficient users
  4. Be acquainted with and have a thorough understanding of the mathematical foundations of computer science and help to develop and apply mathematical principles and methodologies in different informatics disciplines
  5. Pick up an extensive baggage of mathematical knowledge and techniques that together are able to model and solve problems in multiple scientific, technological and business fields
  6. Understand the scientific foundations required to interpret and assess new technological concepts, theories, uses and developments related to mathematics and informatics
  7. Work on mathematically complex informatics projects
  8. Independently learn new knowledge and techniques of both mathematics, computer science and other disciplines that are potentially applicable in the practice of their profession
  9. Effectively convey, both in writing and verbally, knowledge, procedures, results and ideas related to scientific and technological disciplines and, specifically, mathematics and informatics
  10. Understand the social, ethical and professional, and possibly civil, responsibilities of practising computer scientists and the role that they play in the field of ICT and the Information and Knowledge Society.

Student support

The degree programme was designed around students. The curriculum should help students to develop as individuals and acquire, with the support of the Facultad de Informática through its professors, the competences taught as part of the degree course. This support is realized as follows:


During their fourth year, and before they complete their degree course, students will be able to choose to spend at least one semester (30 ECTS) rounding out their training either abroad at any of the 115 international partner universities or at one of the 550 companies that offer internships through our Career Guidance Centre.

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