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In the international arena, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers mathematics with computer science studies, arguing that “Mathematics and computer science are closely related fields. Problems in computer science are often formalized and solved with mathematical methods. It is likely that many important problems currently facing computer scientists will be solved by researchers skilled in algebra, analysis, combinatorics, logic and/or probability theory, as well as computer science. The purpose of this program is to allow students to study a combination of these mathematical areas and potential application areas in computer science."

Imperial College London offers a highly rated joint honours course in mathematics and computer science, which it justifies as follows. "With the spread of computing procedures and mathematical ideas into many diverse areas, there is a growing need for professionals who are well versed in computing and mathematics and who can provide a link between experts in the two disciplines. The programme is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in both mathematics and computer science."

The University of Oxford teaches a similar degree programme that "offers the opportunity to combine an appreciation of mathematical reasoning with an understanding of computing and its capability to solve large-scale problems. Mathematics is a fundamental intellectual tool in computing, but computing is increasingly used as a key component in mathematical problem-solving. The course concentrates on areas where mathematics and computing are most relevant to each other, emphasising the bridges between theory and practice. It offers opportunities for potential computer scientists both to develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical foundations of their subject, and to acquire a familiarity with the mathematics of application areas where computers can solve otherwise intractable problems. It also gives mathematicians access to both a practical understanding of the use of computers and a deeper understanding of the limits on the use of computers in their own subject.

In France, the Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI and  the Université Denis Diderot - Paris VII also offer joint degree programmes in mathematics and computing. The Université Denis Diderot - Paris VII justifies its joint degree course stating that "careers for mathematicians require increasing computer proficiency, whereas a thorough knowledge of mathematics is required to assimilate and understand the many domains where computers are applied, like finance, engineering or life sciences."

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