Master of Mathematics 8719

Entry Requirements

To enter the Master of Mathematics program, students must have:
  • Completed a Bachelor of Mathematics or a Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics or statistics; and
  • Have sufficient mathematical and/or statistical background, as indicated by an average of 65 or above in level III mathematics and/or statisitics university courses.

A formal application must be made by applying online. A flyer with further details is available (PDF).

Prospective international students should note that they will need to meet the University's English language requirements.
Entry to this program is available in March (Semester 1) or July (Semester 2).


All coursework masters programs at UNSW are fee-paying. For sources of postgraduate course funding for local students please go to Commonwealth Supported Assistance.
For international students please refer to International Fees.

Program Description

The program is intended for students who have completed a Mathematics or Statistics degree in a Science and/or Mathematics program, or a degree in a related area, and who wish to further their knowledge of mathematical sciences. The Master of Mathematics program offers intensive, high level training in principles of mathematical sciences. In particular, the program will develop students' research and analytic skills, and substantially broaden the knowledge gained from prior studies. This program will equip you with a range of skills demanded by today's employers, and will provide a means of obtaining necessary preparation for further research in Mathematics.

Program Structure

The program consists of 72 units of credit (UoC) comprised of 10 coursework courses worth 60 (UoC) and a compulsory supervised research project worth 12 (UoC).

Structure of Enrolment

Semester 1
  • 24 (UoC) of courses selected from the list of courses provided by the School of Mathematics and Statistics
Semester 2
  • 18 (UoC) of courses selected from the list of courses provided by the School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • MATH5005 Advanced Mathematics Project A (6 UoC)
Semester 3 
  • 18 (UoC) of courses selected from the list of courses provided by the School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • MATH5006 Advanced Mathematics Project B (6 UoC)
The courses that are offered can be viewed at the following web page.
Students seeking to enrol into a project after completing four courses 24 (UoC) are required to have the approval of the PG Coordinator and normally will be required to have attained a WAM of 70 or higher.
Students who do not attain a WAM of 70 or higher in the first four courses of their program will be awarded with the Graduate Certificate Mathematics (7659) or transferred to the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics (5659) to complete the remaining courses.


Up to 18 (UoC) may be taken in graduate courses offered by other departments or schools within the University. Each candidate's proposed program of study requires the approval of the Postgraduate Coordinator.
External Courses: With the permission of the Postgraduate Coordinator, a student may take courses from other disciplines at UNSW, other mathematics schools (for example, at University of Sydney), and external courses such as those taught at the AMSI Summer School.

Course Timetables

Timetables for Postgraduate Coursework courses can be found on our Timetables page, under the heading "Honours and Postgraduate Timetables".
For the convenience of part-time and full-time students, classes are typically taught from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on weekdays during semester.

The Masters Project

The 12 (UoC) project is compulsory. Progression to the project is subject to academic performance.
Students seeking to enrol in a project are required to have the approval of the Postgraduate Coordinator and normally will be required to have attained a WAM of 70 or higher in the first four master courses.
The Project is taken over two consecutive semesters commencing in the second semester of study or after completing 24 (UoC) courses. 
Students should also seek the guidance from the School at an early stage of study to ensure that the study plan being followed is best suited to lead to the project.
In addition, admission to a particular project is subject to appropriate research and supervision resources being available.
The project involves writing a thesis on the chosen topic. The project could include a literature survey and a critical analysis of the topic area; or could be a small research project. This should prepare you for the problem-solving and report-writing aspects of future employment, or for progression to a research degree. Each student works under the supervision of one or more members of the School. Members of the School are flexible about the range of areas in which they will supervise students. Prospective students should start talking to staff members about possible topics well before they start on the project. An early decision about a topic will facilitate an early start with the project. Supervision by individual staff members is dependent on staff agreement and availability.
The project will be assessed for quality in four major areas (see below), each of which is important. The written thesis will be assessed by two or three markers, one of which may be the supervisor, and each marker will provide a written assessment and grade(s) based on the following:
  • Exposition: Clarity of the presentation. Sufficient introductory and summary material. Organisation and style of the presentation.
  • Literature coverage: Adequate coverage of related material in the field. Placing the topic in a wider context.
  • Critical analysis and insight: Understanding of the problem and/or model. Quality of the discussion. Discussion of the advantages and limitations of the problem/method.
  • Originality: E.g. by modifying or extending earlier theory or methods, or by developing new examples, or by an application to a new area.
The project provides an opportunity to specialise in a particular area of Mathematics to develop research capability and to understand, interpret and use in practice results published in scientific journals. The candidate presents a typed project report, in the layout of an article along with an oral presentation summarising the main points.

Further Assistance

Dr Gery Geenens
Director of Postgraduate Studies (Coursework)
School of Mathematics and Statistics
UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales)
UNSW  Sydney NSW 2052 Australia

Phone: (02) 9385 7032
Fax: (02) 9385 7123
Enquiries via email must be sent to: