Why study with us?

We think that the UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics is a great place to study. But you don't have to take our word for it: read what some of our past and current students have to say!
We also suggest visiting our Spotlight on our Staff and Students webpage to read interviews which were conducted with both students and staff of the School.
And our alumni page illustrates the many varied careers available to those who study mathematics and statistics. 


Eugenia Cao

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Commerce

I grew up with mathematics; having a dad as a mathematics professor and a mum as a tutor in the same field meant that the subject was inevitable for me. However, I chose to study mathematics at UNSW not because it runs in the family, but because through pursuing their passion and aspirations, my parents were able to show me how versatile and fascinating maths can be, and how it can be applied around us in subtle ways... Read more

Dorothy Cheung

Dorothy Cheung

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Commerce - Honours in Pure Mathematics

I chose to study mathematics at UNSW because it has a wide range of applications and I was keen to learn more at a higher level in university. I also felt that studying mathematics could lead to diverse career paths, from research to the financial industry to climate science.
Studying mathematics at UNSW was a great experience - not only did I gain knowledge on broad areas of mathematics... Read more

Jessica Egan

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Pure Mathematics

I never intended to study mathematics at university, but without a doubt, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I wanted to be on the frontier making breakthrough discoveries at the very forefront of modern science. I thought I had to be studying nanotechnology, biotechnology or computer science.
I never dreamed of the myriad of possibilities that mathematics offers, both academically and in the outside world... Read more

Mimi Greenbaum

Miriam Greenbaum

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Commerce - Honours in Applied Mathematics

During high school, all of my fellow students knew what they wanted to do at university. I thought this would come naturally, however it got to the end of year 12 and I still had no idea. Math was my favourite subject at school, and had been my entire life, so I decided to study mathematics and combine it in a double degree with commerce.
It is by far the best decision I have made to date! Read more

Anthony Morris

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Pure Mathematics

My first reason for choosing to study mathematics at UNSW was because of the quality and diversity of the faculty which is one of the largest and most respected in Australia.  This has given me the opportunity to study mathematics at a very high level over a broad range of fields. 
Secondly, a mathematics degree at UNSW has given me a lot of flexibility with what I have wanted to study... Read more 

Andrew Robertson

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)

I knew I wanted to study mathematics since I finished high school, as I performed best in mathematics in the HSC. Through studying a Bachelor of Science at UNSW with a mathematics major, I gained an appreciation of how interconnected mathematics was to science and engineering through the variety of electives on offer at UNSW, inside and outside of the School of Mathematics and Statistics... Read more


Rui Tong

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Computer Science

Ironically, despite maths being my best subject in high school, I initially had the mindset of “I will go do any other science because where would maths get me one day?”. Needless to say, that perspective on mathematics was just silly. One Open Day presentation later, and I kept dreaming about getting to that level where I could finally solve... Read more

Chin Ping Wong   

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Pure Mathematics

One of my first memories of studying mathematics at UNSW was of my first year Algebra lecturer raving about the beauty of the formula eπi =-1. 
That incident was my first time witnessing such passion about a simple formula and I was both amazed and slightly alarmed at it... Read more

Wei Wu

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) - Honours in Quantitative Risk and PhD

About a decade ago, right after I completed my HSC in a small town on the mid-north coast of NSW, I chose to study mathematics at UNSW. My long, but interesting, journey at UNSW started from then.

The first stage of this journey was my undergraduate study, more precisely the Advanced Mathematics degree with a Quantitative Risk major. My passion for numbers led me to... Read more

Postgraduate Coursework

Ron Elazar

Degree: Master of Financial Maths; Graduate Diploma in Statistics

I studied a Master of Science in Financial Mathematics at UNSW. I selected the program which was new at the time due to the high standing reputation of the academic staff heading the program.
The first year of my studies in the program proved to be a pivotal one for the global economy with the escalation of the Global Financial Crisis. It was at this point that I realised I wanted to delve deeper into how this crisis came about... Read more

Abhijit Hore

Degree: Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)/Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Statistics)

My name is Abhijit Hore and I am a former postgraduate student from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW. I began my tertiary studies in 2002, choosing a combined degree in Science and Commerce, majoring in Mathematics, Statistics and Finance respectively.
I continued along the same theme in my postgraduate program, where I completed a Masters in Financial Mathematics in 2009... Read more

Postgraduate Research


Kylie-Anne Richards  

Degree: PhD

I worked in banking for over 6 years with my final position as Head of Financial Engineering at Macquarie Bank, based in Hong Kong.
I chose to return to study, undertaking a PhD in statistics at UNSW to further enhance my research and technical skills and to explore some ideas I had developed throughout my working career... Read more

 Peter Straka

Peter Straka

Degree: PhD

Maths has always fascinated me, and I decided to pursue a PhD in mathematics when I was an undergraduate student in Germany. Aside from my German degree (Diplom) I have studied for a Master of Arts degree in mathematics during an exchange year in Los Angeles.
In choosing the university at which I was going to apply for a PhD degree, I took into account the quality of research of my potential supervisor, my interest in it, and also a good international standing of the university. UNSW met all these requirements... Read more