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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely during 2022 if they are unable to undertake face-to-face study. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page.

About this course

In our increasingly technological world the study of mathematics is vital to future developments and discoveries. A foundation in this area will enable you to apply logic and quantitative reasoning to a vast array of situations, changing the way you think about your surroundings and how things work.

The new Master of Mathematical Sciences degree was designed to give you thorough internationally competitive training in mathematics. It will also assist you if you wish to transition from undergraduate studies to research in mathematical sciences in the future.

The skills you will acquire while studying mathematics are highly transferable making you a desirable graduate with a plethora of career options. With your high-level cognition, you could work in areas like science, finance, engineering, medicine or technology.

Undergraduate students from the University of Sydney wishing to undertake the Master of Mathematical Sciences are expected to have studied a major in either mathematics, statistics, financial mathematics and statistics, or data science as part of their undergraduate degree.

Become a leader in the field of mathematics and statistics with the Master of Mathematical Sciences. 

The degree will provide thorough training in the mathematical sciences for students who wish to transition from undergraduate studies to research in the mathematical sciences and provide a solid foundation for PhD studies.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students.  This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year.  CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The focus of this course can be in Mathematics, Statistics, Financial Mathematics and Statistics or Data Science.

To qualify for the Master of Mathematical Sciences you must complete 96 credit points of study comprising:

  • up to 24 credit points of 3000 level electives 
  • up to 48 credit points of 4000 level electives 
  • 12 credit points of 5000 electives 
  • 24 credit points of research core project

Sample course progression

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
Mathematical Computing Financial Mathematics
Analysis A Analysis B
Applied Statistics A Applied Statistics B
Measure Theory A Measure Theory B
Year 2
Geometry A Geometry B
Probability A Probability B
Mathematics Research Project Mathematics Research Project

Units of Study

Admission requirement

Admission to the Master of Mathematical Sciences requires:

  • a bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent qualification, including completion of at least 24 credit points of mathematical sciences units at 3000-level with at least a distinction average over these mathematical sciences units, and
  • satisfaction of English language requirements.
Career pathways & prospects

Career Pathways

Upon completion of the Master of Mathematical Sciences, a wide range of career options are available to you. You may wish to pursue a career in business as:

  • financial analyst
  • intelligence analyst
  • market analyst
  • quantitative analyst in banking.

You could also pursue a career as a:

  • game designer
  • energy forecaster
  • data scientist
  • meteorologist
  • economic modeller
  • web analyst
  • teacher.

Master of Mathematical Sciences is a good stepping stone towards pursuing a PhD in mathematics or related disciplines.

Domestic students

International students

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