Information about Studying Applied Mathematics

Are you interested in using mathematics to understand real world phenomena?

Then study Applied Mathematics at UNSW.

How to study Applied Mathematics at UNSW

Major in Mathematics within the Science or Advanced Science Degree Program or choose the Applied Mathematics study plan in the Advanced Mathematics Degree Program. Administered by the School of Mathematics and Statistics, these Mathematics degrees are designed to provide basic mathematical and computational skills needed for a wide range of applications.

The Science Degree Program is a three-year course with an opportunity for students with excellent results to enrol in the BSc Honours Program (an additional year) and obtain an Honours degree. The Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Science Degree Programs are four-year programs where the final Honours year is compulsory.

What kind of jobs can I obtain when I graduate?

Mathematicians are trained to think logically and to approach problems in analytical and creative ways. Studying mathematics prepares you for a wide variety of careers because it provides you with the problem-solving, computing and communication skills that employers want. You will be sought after in areas as diverse as banking, insurance and investment, environmental modelling, oceanography, meteorology, computing, information technology, government, education or research. For example, did you know that the mathematics of fractals is being used to diagnose breast cancers? See Careers for more information.

Studying Applied Mathematics enables you to study a broad range of mathematical techniques while keeping your options open as to how you will use them in your future career. Ideal if you wish to see which area of mathematics appeals to you before embarking on a career.

You might also like to look at the Applied Mathematics web page.

What will I study?

In first year you will study the core mathematical topics that any student at UNSW needs if their degree involves mathematics. You may choose your elective courses from several other Schools so that you can follow or cultivate other interests.

In later years you have the opportunity to sharpen your mathematical skills in a particular area such as Computational Mathematics, Optimization, Nonlinear Phenomena or Environmental Modelling. These areas are all concerned with the construction, analysis and interpretation of mathematical models that describe the ocean, the atmosphere, the futures market, cell growth, DNA replication or how to maximise returns in a car factory for example.

To find out the formal requirements (in terms of courses that you have to study), see Mathematics and Statistics Majors in Science for the Mathematics Major in the Science degree program and Mathematics and Statistics Plans in Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Science for the Applied Mathematics study plan in the Advanced Mathematics program and the Mathematics plan in Advanced Science.

For more details of individual courses, see Mathematics and Statistics courses.

Mathematics can be studied at the Ordinary level or at the Higher level depending on your interests and abilities, but study at the Higher level is is generally required if you are enrolled in the Advanced Mathematics or Advanced Science programs, and may be necessary for certain courses in later years.

In the final year of the Advanced Mathematics or Science Program, or if you do the Honours Science program (an extra year), you will do some course work but will also spend time writing a thesis. The aim of the thesis is for you to become involved in an active area of research of your choice. You could even discover something new, which is not as uncommon as you might think!

What are the entry and continuation requirements?

You must meet the appropriate ATAR cut-off. Please see the UAC website where ATAR cut-offs are listed for each program.

  • The Applied Mathematics study plan within the Advanced Mathematics Degree is listed under UAC code 429300 (BSc (Adv Maths) (Hons)).
  • The Mathematics major within the Advanced Science Degree is listed under UAC code 429350 (B Adv Science (Hons)).
  • The Mathematics major within the Science Degree is listed under UAC code 429000 (BSc - Science). 

In addition, you will need to have a certain level of prior knowledge of Mathematics. To find out the level of knowledge required for first year Mathematics courses, see Assumed Knowledge.

To remain within the Advanced Mathematics Program, you are required to maintain an average of 70 in each year.

Which program should I choose?

It is harder to be accepted into the Advanced Mathematics or Advanced Science Programs, but this is highly recommended where possible. Why not achieve your highest potential while at university? It may be possible to transfer to the Science Program further into your studies. On the other hand, transfering from the Science Program to the Advanced Mathematics Program requires you to re-apply for admission.

How do I get further information about studying Applied Mathematics?

School of Mathematics and Statistics

phone: (02) 9385 7111

fax: (02) 9385 7123

email: ug.MathsStats followed by @unsw.edu.au