Apart from the long-known applications of variation principles in Physics, during and after the World War II, Optimization has become a major tool in making solutions and resource management in the military, engineering, management, finance, etc. Of course, the application value of Optimization is largely due to the fact that it is an autonomous mathematical discipline with a specific and well-developed methodology. As a mathematical area, Optimization creates a close relationship between strictly theoretical disciplines and those with narrow practical implications. The Bulgarian scientific school in this field has been known for their great achievements and traditions. Scientists of interests and contributions in the field will lecture the programme.

Professional area: 
4.5. Mathematics
Master of Science
MIA252113 Applied Mathematics
Master's programme: 
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Duration of full-time training (in semesters): 
Professional qualification: 
MSC in Applied mathematics - Optimization
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Master's programme director: 
Prof. Nadejda Ribarska, DSc

Focus, educational goals

This Master's Programme in Optimization will prepare highly qualified specialists capable of both theoretical research (with the help of classical mathematical apparatus) and the application of the acquired knowledge and IT skills to solve practical problems. The programme is available for Bachelors who have completed a Mathematics or Computer Science degree in one of the higher education institutions in the country. It is particularly suitable for students who graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (all majors) and major Applied Mathematics at the Technical University of Sofia.

Training (knowledge and skills)

The Master’s Programme includes both fundamental courses (with emphasis on functional analysis) and a wide variety of applied courses in all major areas of dynamically developing modern optimization (discrete, continuous, convex optimization, optimal management, games, etc.). In most of the applied courses, algorithms are considered to solve individual classes of optimization tasks. The aim of the program is also to stimulate self-study skills and students' creative thinking. Each magistrate is advised by a member of the programme team on the choice of courses and the topic of the thesis.

Professional competence

Graduates of this Master's programme will be able to actively engage in research in the field, teach relevant disciplines at schools, apply their knowledge and skills to solve specific optimization tasks arising in the energy, transport, finance, business, administration and etc.

Professional realization

Graduates of this Master’s programme will be able to work in higher education institutions; in scientific institutes and technology centers; in financial institutions and companies optimizing their activities; in industrial enterprises and others. The Master's programme is an excellent basis for continuing the training of magistrates in Doctoral studies in the same or similar subjects.

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