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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Elliptic Curves

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 4
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Fabien Mehdi Pazuki (7-6c7667807b716f4673677a6e34717b346a71)
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
Course number: NMAK16007U

Course content

The aim of this course is to discover the beautiful theory of elliptic curves. Elliptic curves are objects at the crossroads between geometry, analysis, algebra and number theory. They constitute one of the key ingredient in the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem for instance, and famous open conjectures -for example the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture- focus on these special curves. Studying compact Riemann surfaces, lattice theory and periodic functions, rational points and diophantine problems, projective and affine geometry of curves, schemes, higher Galois theory, modular forms and L functions, abelian varieties, local fields, global fields, finite fields, modern cryptography, each time these curves show up at a central place. 

As these objects really appear as a corner stone in the modern mathematical landscape, we offer a course presenting in details their various definitions and basic properties and focus on some modern applications.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student should be familiar with the main results of the topics of the course. 

Skills: At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to follow and reproduce arguments at a high level corresponding to the contents of the course. 

Competences: The student should be able to apply the theory to solve problems of moderate difficulty within the topics of the course. 


Elliptic Curves definitely fits in the circle of ideas presented in these other courses: Algebra 3, Algebraic Number Theory, Analytic Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry. Nevertheless, these courses are not requirements, the course will be self-contained.

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MSc Programme in Mathematics


Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

6 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials each week for 7 weeks.


No restrictions/ no limitations




The Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves, GTM 106, Springer, by Joseph Silverman.


Rational points on elliptic curves, UTM, Springer, by Joseph Silverman and John Tate.


Category Hours
Lectures 42
Exercises 14
Exam 3
Preparation 147
English 206


Type of assessment

Continuous assessment
Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation
Two written assignments count each 20%. A final written exam counts the remaining 60% of the grade.


Written aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.

Censorship form

No external censorship


30 minutes oral exam without preparation time, several internal examiners, all written aids allowed, counting for 100% of the grade.

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