The Department of Mathematics offers online distance courses that are suitable for complete beginners in the subject (only in Swedish), but also advanced courses.

You can contact us on distans@math.su.se should you have questions about our distance courses.

Our online courses

Pre-university and first level courses are only given in Swedish. If you are interested in them, consult the Swedish homepage.

At the moment, we offer four different online courses in English. All courses require previous knowledge equivalent to 60 credits in mathematics on university level (for details, see the page Entry Requirements). These courses are:

  • MM5020 Mathematics III - Abstract algebra, 7.5 credits
  • MM5021 Mathematics III - Foundations of Analysis, 7.5 credits
  • MM5022 Mathematics III - Complex Analysis, 7.5 credits
  • MM5023 Mathematics III - Combinatorics, 7.5 credits

These online courses tend to have study pace 25 %, which means that they are taken over a whole semester.

If you are interested to know whether these courses are given in the upcoming semesters, or if you wish to find out more about course content and the examination form, go to the page

To study online – how does it work in practice?

Taking a distance course will allow you to control your own study schedule. Most of the time, there are some deadlines that need to be considered, but otherwise it makes no difference whether you prefer to study on a Wednesday morning or a Sunday afternoon.

Plan your studies

At course start, you will receive information about the material you will work with (course literature, extra material, video lectures). Based on reading instructions, exam dates and deadlines for homework assignments, you will lay out your own study plan. Notice that it requires a high level of self-discipline to finish an online course – it is very important that you make a realistic study plan and make sure to keep it.

Get advice

As a student you can always receive tutoring from the teacher should you get stuck with a mathematical problem or need help to understand the material. Most course pages also have a discussion forum where you can talk about mathematical problems with other students that are taking the course.

Course literature and video lectures

Most online courses we offer have video lectures.
Most online courses we offer have video lectures.

Generally speaking, course literature is the main material used on our distance courses. There are also reading instructions and video lectures that help the student to work through the material.

Our video lectures have received good critique from our students. We are continuously working on the material in order to improve their quality. Our video lectures are available online – if you are interested in seeing how they are, follow the links to old (or current) course webpages on the page Courses in Mathematics.

Online math problems and hand-in assignments

Many of our distance courses include math problems that are corrected automatically. These problems are either used as a form of examination, or as exercises.

It is also common that a course has homework assignments. The student gets to solve and to present a solution to a more complicated mathematical problem. This form of examination not only improves one's ability to solve problems, but also trains written (and oral) skills.

Which things cannot be done online?

The answer to this question varies from one course to another; detailed information can be found on the homepage of each course. But generally speaking, almost all courses include a written or an oral exam that cannot be replaced by homework assignments or similar.