Partial Differential Equations (PDE)

Course content

A selection from the following list of subjects:

  • The classical PDEs:
    • Laplace's equation
    • The heat equation
    • The wave equation


  • Second order linear elliptic PDEs:
    • Existence of weak solutions
    • Regularity
    • Maximum principles


  • Second order linear parabolic PDEs:
    • Existence of weak solutions
    • Regularity
    • Maximum principles


  • Second order linear hyperbolic PDEs:
    • Existence of weak solutions
    • Regularity
    • Propagation of singularities


  • Nonlinear PDEs:
    • The Calculus of Variations
    • Fixed point methods
    • Method of sub-/supersolutions
    • Non-existence of solutions

MSc Programme in Mathematics
MSc Programme in Mathematics with a minor subject

Learning outcome

The properties of the PDEs covered in the course



  • Solve classical PDEs
  • Establish existence, uniqueness and regularity of solutions to certain PDEs



  • Understand the characteristic properties of the different types of PDEs
  • Understand concepts such as existence, uniqueness and regularity of solutions to PDEs
  • Determine when a certain solution method applies

5 hours of lectures and 2 hours of exercises each week for 8 weeks

See Absalon for a list of course literature

A knowledge of real analysis, Lebesgue measure theory, L^p spaces and basic theory of Banach/Hilbert spaces, corresponding to at least the contents of the following courses:

- Analyse 0 (An0), and
- Analyse 1 (An1), and
- Lebesgueintegralet og målteori (LIM)
- Advanced Vector Spaces (AdVec), which may be taken simultaneously with (PDEs), or alternatively Functional Analysis (FunkAn).

Having academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

After taking this course, "PDE", in Block 1, note that one may naturally continue with the next course in the string, "PDE2", which is offered in the subsequent Block 2.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
On-site written exam, 4 hours under invigilation
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner

Same as ordinary exam.

If ten or fewer students have signed up for re-exam, the type of assessment will be changed to a 30 minutes oral exam with 30 minutes preparation time. All aids allowed during preparation time, none for the examination. Several internal examiners.

Criteria for exam assessment

The student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Intended learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 40
  • Preparation
  • 146
  • Exercises
  • 16
  • Exam
  • 4
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
No limitation – unless you register in the late-registration period (BSc and MSc) or as a credit or single subject student.
Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Niels Martin Møller   (7-54537572726b784673677a6e34717b346a71)
Saved on the 14-02-2024

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