Well into the second decade of its operation, the Department of Mathematics follows the aims and educational principles originally established in 1987. The Department aims at producing high-quality graduates with such a scientific grounding that will enable them both to process the knowledge they have gained and to detect ways this knowledge can be applied. During the four years of their studies, students gain an overall view of Mathematics and the appropriate means in order to be able to discern the use and application of Mathematics in the Physical and Social Sciences as well as in Economics.
The Department of Mathematics is part of the School of Sciences and is made up of two divisions:
The Division of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics
The Division of Mathematics Education
During the first two years of the undergraduate degree the Department offers basic courses (core courses) that cover a wide range of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics. Some courses on Information Technology are also offered in order to help students familiarize themselves both theoretically and practically with new technologies. Many of the courses offered during the first two years of studies are compulsory and must thus be taken by all students. During the last two years of their studies students can choose from a wide range of courses those that interest them most. During the final year of their studies they can chose to write a dissertation. They can also choose to spend time in field practice in workplaces outside the University as an integral part of their degree course.
Studying at the School of Mathematics is intellectually demanding and presupposes a considerable amount of effort on the part of the student. However these demands in combination with the excellent academic facilities offered are proved to be particularly fruitful for the students. The University library is considered to be one of the largest and most modern ones in the country at departmental level. The modern Multimedia Centre that the School possesses, the excellent services offered to the students by the administrative staff as well as the neat building facilities, contribute to the creation of the appropriate environment for the students to feel at ease and enjoy their stay during their four years at the university. All these parameters lead to the creation of the right conditions so that the students can, with continuous effort, successfully respond to the high standard requirements set by the Rules and Regulations of Studies and required by the Programme of Studies.
Since 2001 the Department of Mathematics has organized and run a Postgraduate Degree Programme entitled "Mathematical Modelling in the Physical Sciences and New Technologies". The content of this Postgraduate Programme is related to the construction, foundation, mathematical analysis, numerical approach and the study of the effectiveness of Mathematical Models which are used in different scientific fields and have as their aim to solve any theoretical and technological problems that appear in those fields. The course has a double aim: a) the promotion of knowledge and the development of high-quality research in mathematical fields that have to do with the applications of other scientific fields and the modern technological trends that appear in them, these fields being those of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Economics, Sociology, the Environment and b) the instruction, at both a high and competitive level, of scientists whose presence is proved to be essential in the area of research as well as in the educational system but also in the general development of our country in an era where extended and multifarious knowledge with mathematics at its center marks scientific and technological advances. The Postgraduate Degree Programme awards the following titles:
a) Master of Science (MSc) in "Mathematical Modelling in the Physical Sciences and New Technologies" (Taught Degree)
b) PhD (Research Degree)