Application of mathematics in industry has such a wide range that the program is divided into three specializations. The program offers an orientation towards Technical Applications (T-orientation), an orientation towards Communication and Information (C/I-orientation) and an orientation towards Business Applications (B-orientation).
The first part of the MI program consists of courses on applying mathematical techniques, training in handling industrial problems and writing technical reports. The courses are divided into broadening courses and specializing courses, the latter depending on the chosen orientation. All courses bridge the gap between mathematical techniques and application.
For a mathematician in industry a problem-solving attitude supported by modeling skills as well as individual core competences is a condition sine qua non. MI is the only SAI program that has integrated training and coaching i.e. troaching, in both technical and non-technical skills into its educational program.
Learning by doing is the motto. In the first year, three modeling projects are completed. In each project two trainees work together on a real-life problem introduced by a representative from industry. The results are presented to the other trainees in the weekly modeling seminar. The projects are supervised and evaluated by selected members from staff and guided by the program coach.
The second year of the program is for the greater part devoted to the so-called final project. Such a project is carried out within an industrial environment on the basis of a contract. In this contract the trainee is mentioned explicitly to be the main responsible for the progress of the project. Apart from the usual formalities, the contract contains a carefully composed problem description and time planning. Each final project is supervised both by a staff member of the department and by a representative of the company. After a successful execution of the final project, the trainees receive their diploma.