If you are mathematically-minded, there are many ways to choose a degree program (or a combined degree) at UNSW which will allow you to follow your mathematical interests. This section gives you an overview of all the possible ways and provides the UAC code. The ATAR cut-off can be found via UAC.
Refer to the left-hand menu for specific programs on offer.
To find out about required mathematical knowledge for studying Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW, see the Assumed Knowledge statement.
Students at UNSW can take courses in applied mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics. If you are not sure about the difference between these areas (or you are not sure about which of them you would prefer), don't worry. The first year requirements for all three are the same and, if necessary, you can easily change your study plan or major at the end of your first year, by which time you should be in a better position make an informed choice.
PROGRAMS IN MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
Mathematics and Statistics can be studied as a major in a variety of ways, is compulsory in many programs and can be taken as an elective in many programs.
Note that it is not possible to swap between degree programs once you have been offered a place at UNSW without re-applying, so it is important that you choose the correct program initially.
Follow the appropriate links for the detailed rules. Definitions of some important terms are given at the bottom of the page.
- Applied Mathematics (Advanced Maths)
- Mathematics (Advanced Science)
- Pure Mathematics (Advanced Maths)
- Statistics (Advanced Science)
- Advanced Statistics (Advanced Maths)
- Quantitative Risk (Advanced Maths: Head of School approval required -- no new students accepted after 2017)
- Advanced Physical Oceanography (Advanced Science)
SCIENCE PROGRAM 3970 - (Details)
- Physical Oceanography
- Marine Science (Physical Oceanography)
- Double major in Mathematics and Statistics
BACHELOR OF DATA SCIENCE AND DECISIONS 3959 - (Details)
COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM 3978 - (Details)
SCIENCE/EDUCATION (for MATHS TEACHING) PROGRAM 4076 - (Details)
In general, the rules for a major in Mathematics or Statistics or Physical Oceanography in combined degrees is to take the same courses as for a Science major in Mathematics.
Note that normally further Science courses are required in addition to the Mathematics or Statistics major.
All students should check with the Science Student Centre that they are meeting the rules for the Science component of a combined degree. The School of Mathematics and Statistics cannot decide this.
ADVANCED MATHEMATICS(HONS) / LAW PROGRAM 3998 - (Details)
COMMERCE / ADVANCED MATHEMATICS (HONS) PROGRAM 3523 - (Details)
Major in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Statistics
Note that there are special majors for:
- Finance and Mathematics or Statistics
- Actuarial Studies and Mathematics or Statistics (prior to 2013)
ACTUARIAL STUDIES/ADVANCED MATHEMATICS (HONS) PROGRAM 3589 (Details)
SCIENCE/ECONOMICS PROGRAM 3563 (Details)
ADVANCED MATHEMATICS(HONS)/ECONOMICS PROGRAM 3564 (Details)
ADVANCED MATHEMATICS(HONS)/ENGINEERING(HONS) PROGRAM 3761 (Details)
Mathematics or Statistics majors can be taken with:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Bioinformatics Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Geospatial Engineering
- Industrial Chemistry
- Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronic Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Naval Architecture
- Petroleum Engineering
- Photovoltaics and Solar Energy
- Renewable Energy Engineering
- Software Engineering
Advanced Mathematics(Hons) / Arts PROGRAM 3949 - (Details)
Major in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Advanced Statistics
Science / Arts PROGRAM 3947 - (Details)
Informally, definitions are as follows:
- Program is used in short for a Degree Program, which is the combination of courses that you apply to take, are admitted into and finally graduate from. Programs are designated by a name and a 4 digit code, for example Science 3970, Commerce 3502. Note that changing between Programs requires re-applying for admission to the new Program.
- A Course is a subject that you enrol in and for which you get a mark and grade. Courses are designated by a 4 letter prefix denoting the area of study and a 4 digit identifier, for example MATH1131 Mathematics 1A.
- A major or plan (both terms are used) is a group of courses in some area of study. Some programs consist only of one plan (for example Electrical Engineering), while others such as Science allow for many different majors. Majors and plans are denoted by a code which include the area of study and the program, for example a Statistics major in Science is denoted by MATHT13970.
- A unit of credit (UoC) is a measure of how much work is involved in the course. Notionally a total effort of 25 hours over the whole semester is expected for each unit of credit. Each Mathematics course is worth 3 or 6 units of credit. Students normally take 48 units of credit per year, with a maximum of 18UoC per term, but can take 18UoC in each term without requiring special permission.