Master of Mathematical Sciences (MMaSc)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Master of Mathematical Sciences allows students with a bachelor degree in the mathematical sciences or a related field to expand their knowledge in the mathematical sciences to an advanced level. Students may choose courses across the disciplines of applied mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics. These courses provide deep discipline-specific knowledge, as well as valuable training in academic literacy and research skills. In addition, students complete a substantial research project.

Applied mathematics uses mathematical techniques to answer questions about the world around us; such answers may be in the form of insights, explanations, solutions or predictions. Pure mathematics, mathematics for its own sake, studies abstract theories built by logical deduction that underpin modern science and technology. Statistics solves real-world problems by appropriately collecting, analysing and modelling data.

The program enables students to build skills across all three areas, while providing sufficient flexibility for interested students to study a particular area in more depth.

The Master of Mathematical Sciences is an AQF Level 9 Masters qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse and solve complex problems as independent self-directed learners.
  2. Demonstrate deep knowledge of advanced concepts in the mathematical sciences.
  3. Demonstrate skills in the use of technology to solve complex mathematical and statistical problems.
  4. Apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills to complete a research project in the mathematical sciences.
  5. Apply written and oral communication skills and teamwork skills.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in professional practice.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Master of Mathematical Sciences

There shall be a Master of Mathematical Sciences.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Mathematical Sciences, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  1. Research equivalent courses to the value of 12 units in the form of a research project from one of the following disciplines:
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Pure Mathematics
    • Statistics
  2. Elective courses to the value of 36 units

Core Courses