Programs

  • Master of Science (Program 2920)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Program 1880)

Master of Science (MSc)

The MSc degree provides a basic training in research. Each candidate is given an individual research topic, and carries out research under the personal supervision of a member of staff of the School of Mathematics and Statistics. On completion of the research the results are incorporated into a thesis which is submitted for examination by international experts in the field. For information about the research fields available at present in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, please consult Research. You can also browse a list of past research students and see their thesis topic.

The MSc degree can be undertaken either full-time or part-time (or, in some cases, externally). For a full-time candidate the degree normally requires two years of study but a candidate with a first-class honours degree or with previous research experience can apply to have the period reduced by up to one year.

An applicant whose academic qualifications are satisfactory, but whose background is not fully appropriate to the proposed research topic, may be required to attend formal lecture courses in relevant subjects.

Please see the entry requirements for a MSc degree. The formal conditions for the award of the MSc degree are set out in the Sciences Faculty Handbook. You can also consult the UNSW Handbook for further details.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD degree provides a training in research up to the level necessary for initiating and carrying out unsupervised original research. Like the MSc degree, the PhD degree requires the candidate to carry out research on an approved topic, under the supervision of a member of staff. The PhD degree, however, is of a far higher standard, and demands a much greater capacity for independent and original research.

The PhD degree usually requires at least three years of full-time study. Part-time PhD candidature is encouraged but only for candidates who can spend at least 20 hours per week on their research and are able to maintain regular contact with the University.

For information about the research fields available at present in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, together with the members of staff interested in each field, please consult Research. Please see the entry requirements for a PhD degree. The formal conditions for the award of the PhD degree are set out in the Calendar and in the Sciences Faculty Handbook. You can consult the UNSW Handbook for more information.