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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.
  • Academic plan NSCMS
  • Post Nominal MSc(MathSc)
  • CRICOS code 102929B
  • 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.
  • Academic plan NSCMS
  • Post Nominal MSc(MathSc)
  • CRICOS code 102929B
  • 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:

72 units from completion of the coursework component

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

The 96 units must include:

A minimum of 36 units from completion of courses from the following list:

MATH6100 Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling (6 units)

MATH6102 Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment (6 units)

MATH6103 Scientific and Industrial Modelling (6 units)

MATH6109 Probability Theory with Applications (6 units)

MATH6110 Analysis 1: Metric spaces and Applications (6 units)

MATH6111 Scientific Computing (6 units)

MATH6112 Matrix Computations (6 units)

MATH6114 Number Theory and Cryptography (6 units)

MATH6115 Stochastic Analysis with Financial Applications (6 units)

MATH6116 Fractal Geometry Chaotic Dynamics (6 units)

MATH6118 Algebra 1: Groups, Rings and Advanced Linear Algebra (6 units)

MATH6119 Numerical Optimisation (6 units)

MATH6205 Differential Geometry (6 units)

MATH6208 Advanced Mathematical Bioinformatics (6 units)

MATH6212 Analysis 2: Lebesgue Integration and Hilbert Spaces (6 units)

MATH6213 Complex Analysis (6 units)

MATH6214 Advanced Functional Analysis, Spectral Theory and Applications (6 units)

MATH6215 Algebra 2: Field extensions and Galois Theory (6 units)

MATH6222 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: Problem Solving and Proofs (6 units)

MATH6405 Ordinary Differential Equations and Advanced Vector Calculus (6 units)

MATH6406 Partial Differential Equations, Fourier Analysis and Complex Analysis (6 units)

MATH8202 Theory of Partial Differential Equations (6 units)

MATH8204 Algebraic Topology (6 units)

MATH8343 Foundations of Mathematics (6 units)

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

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change (6 units)

SCOM6007 Science Communication Project Delivery and Design (6 units)

SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web (6 units)

SCOM6015 Speaking of Science (6 units)

SCOM6016 Science in the Media (6 units)

SCOM6027 Science Politics (6 units)

SCOM6029 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication (6 units)

SCOM6031 Science, Risk and Ethics (6 units)

SCOM6032 Making Modern Science (6 units)

SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication (6 units)

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public (6 units)

SCNC8000 Science Internship (6 units)

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

MATH6209 Special Topic in Mathematical Sciences (6 units)

MATH6211 Topics in Mathematical Physics (6 units)

MATH6216 Advanced Topics in Algebra (6 units)

MATH8201 Topics in Computational Mathematics (6 units)

MATH8702 Mathematics Reading Course (6-24 units, which may be completed more than once under different topics)

MATH8705 Mathematics Special Topic (6 units, which may be completed more than once under different topics)

A maximum of 24 units from elective courses offered by ANU

Capstone Courses

[MATH6211, MATH6209, MATH6216, MATH8702, MATH8705, ]

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with a minimum GPA of at least 5.0/7.0
  • with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline, which must also have a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

The GPA requirement for this program must be met by both the program as a whole, as well as by the 8 courses in a cognate discipline. Where more than 8 cognate courses have been completed by the applicant, ANU will take the best 8 courses when assessing the cognate GPA.

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Cognate Disciplines: Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematical Finance, Actuarial Studies, Computer Science, Bioinformatics

Ranking and English language proficiency: 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. 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. 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.

Further information: English language admission requirements and post-admission support

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:

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.

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:

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.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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.

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.

Further Information

Program advice:

Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Mathematical Sciences (Adv) and undertaking a 24 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • have met the published admission requirements of the Master of Mathematical Sciences (Adv)
  • achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework
  • have the approval of an identified supervisor, and 
  • have completed compulsory courses in the Master Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) 


Students considering a transfer to the Masters of Mathematical Sciences (Adv) should read the program requirements early on to ensure they focus on courses most relevant to their potential areas of research.

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.

Course offered by the College of Science and College of Health and Medicine:

An indicative list of courses offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine can be found under current students page on the College website via this link.

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 email:

Detailed enrolment information and instructions can be found at

Please follow each step carefully, and do not hesitate to reach out to the College Student Services Team if you need help.

There is additional information available from

An indicative list of courses offered by the College of Science and College of Health & Medicine can be found here:

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us by emailing 

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