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# Mathematics: Linear Algebra

Course · 7.5 credits

## Description

The course is a compulsory course for first-cycle studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and in physics. The course can also be given as a stand-alone course or as part of a course package. The overarching goal of the course is for the students to acquire basic knowledge of linear algebra which is necessary for further studies in mathematics and natural sciences. Special emphasis is placed on developing the mathematical theory for vector spaces in a systematic way that contributes to strengthening the students' ability to absorb mathematical text, to conduct mathematical reasoning, to solve problems of both theoretical and applied nature and to communicate mathematics.

The course treats

• Matrices: matrix operations, matrix inverse, matrix rank
• Determinants: definition and properties
• Linear spaces: subspace, span, linear dependence/independence, basis, dimension
• Euclidean spaces: scalar product, Cauchy-Schwarz inequality, orthogonality, orthonormal bases, orthogonalisation, orthogonal matrices, orthogonal projection, orthogonal complement, least squares method, isometries.
• Linear mappings: matrices of linear mappings, kernel and image, composition and inverse, change of basis, rank-nullity theorem
• Spectral theory: eigenvalues, eigenvectors, eigenspace, characteristic polynomial, diagonalisability, the spectral theorem
• Systems of linear ordinary differential equations

## Course documents

Syllabus (PDF - new window)

## Contact

Mathematics (Faculty of Sciences)

Sölvegatan 18A, 223 62 Lund

Box 118, 221 00 Lund

## Requirements and selection

### Entry requirements

To be eligible for the course, 30 credits in science studies including knowledge corresponding to the courses MATA31 Analysis in One Variable 15 credits, MATA32 Algebra and Vector Geometry 7.5 credits, as well as one of the courses NUMA01 Computational Programming with Python, 7.5 credits, or an introductory course in university physics, 7.5 credits, are required.

### Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to the following: The general average (GPA) of your higher secondary school leaving certificate: 34 %, The Swedish national university aptitude test: 34 %, number of previous ECTS at the application deadline (up to 165): 32 %.

### English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

### Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:

Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se

Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se

## Apply

### Start Spring Semester 2025

Day-time Lund, part time 50%

In English

Study period

20 January 2025 - 21 March 2025

Application

You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply

Day-time Lund, part time 50%

In English

Study period

20 January 2025 - 21 March 2025

Application

You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply

### How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

### Step 1: Apply online

• Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
• Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
• Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

### Step 2: Submit documents

Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se

- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).

• Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
• Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.

## Tuition fees

### Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 21 250

First payment: SEK 21 250

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

### EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

### Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

## Scholarships & funding

### Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

### Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

### Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

### External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations