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Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Science

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Mathematical Sciences
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Mathematical Sciences
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences requires completion of 96 units which must consist of:

A minimum of 24 units from completion of 8000-level courses.

The 96 units must include:

24 units from completion of courses listed below:

MATH6102 Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment.

MATH6109 Probability Theory with Applications

MATH6112 Matrix Computations

MATH6115 Mathematical Finance

MATH6116 Fractal Geometry and Chaotic Dynamics

MATH6119 Numerical Optimisation

MATH6202 Theory of Partial Differential Equations

MATH6203 Foundations of Mathematics

MATH6204 Algebraic Topology

MATH6205 Differential Geometry

MATH6212 Analysis 2: Lebesgue Integration and Hilbert Spaces

MATH6213 Complex Analysis

MATH6214 Analysis 3: Functional Analysis, Spectral theory and Applications

MATH6215 Algebra 2: Field extensions and Galois Theory

MATH6216 Advanced Topics in Algebra

48 units from completion of courses from the following lists:

12 units from completion of Science and Society Courses from the following list:

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

SCOM6007 Science Communication Project Delivery and Design

SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web

SCOM6015 Speaking of Science

SCOM6016 Science in the Media

SCOM6027 Science Politics

SCOM6029 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication

SCOM6030 Science Dialogue Theory & Practice

SCOM6031 Science, Risk and Ethics

SCOM6032 Making Modern Science

SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public

SCNC8000 Science Internship

A minimum of 12 units from completion of Integrative courses from the following list:

MATH6201 Topics in Computational Mathematics

MATH6206 Topics in Stochastic Analysis

MATH6209 Special Topic in Mathematical Sciences

MATH6211 Topics in Mathematical Physics

MATH6216 Advanced Topics in Algebra

MATH8702 Mathematics Reading Course

MATH8705 Mathematics Special Topic

Further courses from completion of 6000-8000 level MATH- Mathematics courses not already taken.

24 units from elective courses offered by ANU

Capstone Courses

[MATH6201, MATH6206, MATH6211, MATH6216, MATH8702, MATH8705]

Hurdle Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the first 96 units attempted to commence the 24 units of Masters courses in their Bachelor degree. Students who do not achieve this GPA will be able to complete and graduate from their Bachelor degree but will not be able to undertake Masters courses.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 96 in the same teaching period in which the 96th unit is attempted, all courses attempted will be used in the calculation of the GPA.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  with a grade point average of at least 5.0/7.0

  with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline (minimum grade point average of 5.0/7.0 in the 8 cognate discipline courses)

Cognate Disciplines

Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematical Finance, Actuarial Studies, Computer Science, Bioinformatics

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Credit Granted

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate Disciplines

Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematical Finance, Actuarial Studies, Computer Science, Bioinformatics

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Upgrade your expertise in mathematical sciences with a Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences from ANU. In this program you can study a variety of courses tailored to your own interests and needs, ranging from pure mathematics to mathematical modelling, computational mathematics and applications of mathematics to many research areas (such as biology, astronomy, physics and environmental sciences), to related disciplines such as statistics, computer science, and econometrics.

Find out more about mathematical studies, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website. Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2021

Employment Opportunities

Roles our graduates hold include Associate, Quantitative Applications Division at Macquarie Group; Lecturer, Sanata Dharma University (Indonesia); and Visiting Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management (USA).

Areas such as biological sciences and computational science are also becoming increasingly reliant on advanced techniques from the mathematical sciences. The Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences will equip you with quantitative skills applicable to these areas and more.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate high level knowledge in mathematical sciences;

  2. apply acquired knowledge in mathematical sciences to new problems;

  3. interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to mathematical sciences;

  4. demonstrate theoretical and/or practical skills relevant to techniques and research methodology in mathematical sciences;

  5. critically analyse data within applications of mathematical sciences to reach independent conclusions;

  6. demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;

  7. clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:


Phone: 02 6125 3876

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email

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