Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 314541
CRICOS 001516G

Multiply your expertise

Enjoy mathematical challenges? Want to apply your skills to computer-based problems?

Maths and computer science is a powerful combination. In an increasingly technological age, pairings like these are only becoming more valuable for a wide variety of careers.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences is a flexible degree. A program adviser will work with you to develop a study program tailored to your interests and career goals. You will:

  • learn from world-class researchers and teachers in state-of-the-art facilities
  • build fundamental statistical and mathematical knowledge
  • explore complex computer systems and theories
  • hone your creativity, rigour, logical thinking, professionalism and research skills
  • pursue diverse electives—from business classes to social science programs.

Majors are available in:

* If you’re interested in broadening your mathematical expertise, you can also choose to study any two of: Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, or Statistics in any combination (e.g. Applied Mathematics and Statistics) in lieu of a single major. 

A minor is also available in Public Health.

Where could it take you?

You could decode messages and breach security systems as a cryptanalyst. You might apply linear algebra in the design of virtual reality software. Perhaps you’ll develop theorems as an academic or land a job at a major firm in Silicon Valley.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 314541
    2019 CSP ATAR 75.05
    2019 CSP IB 26
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 69.15
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 87.1
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.7
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 75.05
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 92.15
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors).

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies).

    IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2018).

    If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components.

    Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314541

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    20 51.3%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    8 20.5%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students 9 23.1%
    All students 39 100.0%

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 001516G
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 1120
    AP (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 6
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    ANU Foundation Studies 64
    Monash Foundation Year 67.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70
    UNSW Foundation Year 6.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies).

    IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).
    International Qualifications Mathematics
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,400

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $41,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates are highly regarded by employers and have been successful in a wide variety of industries.

    Recent graduates have been employed by organisations such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), United Water, Santos, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Additionally, graduates find work in consulting engineering firms, the pharmaceutical industry, the telecommunications industry, biomedical research industries and institutes, banks and insurance companies, state and federal government agencies, and research and academic organisations all over the world.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Actuary, Banker, Business Data Analyst, Commodities or Futures Trader, Computational Engineer, Data Analyst, Economic Researcher, Financial Analyst, Meteorologist, Statistician, Telecommunications Analyst, Information and Communications Technologist, Computer Scientist, Computer Programmer, Database Coordinator, Systems Analyst, Mathematician

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via Study Overseas, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    Study Overseas Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences program study overseas during levels 2 and 3. Both semester and year long exchange is possible.

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    Students take courses to the value of 72 units, of which at least 36 units must be mathematical and/or computer sciences courses. The mathematical/computer sciences courses must include Mathematics IA and IB and Level III courses to the value of 12 units. The remaining courses can be taken from computer science, mathematics or statistics and/or from selected courses available in a wide range of other disciplines across the University.

    A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest, without narrowing future career options. Majors are available in: Applied Mathematics; Artificial Intelligence; Computer Science; Cybersecurity; Data and Decision Sciences; Distributed Systems and Networking; Data Science; Pure Mathematics; Statistics.

    A minor is also available in Public Health.

    Students who perform well can undertake an additional year of study to obtain an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. An honours qualification is highly valued by employers and is a suitable preparation for students who wish to proceed to postgraduate studies. The honours year includes a major project.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Students take courses to the value of 72 units, of which at least 36 units must be mathematical and/or computer sciences courses. The mathematical/computer sciences courses must include Mathematics IA and IB and Level III courses to the value of 12 units. The remaining courses can be taken from computer science, mathematics or statistics and/or from selected courses available in a wide range of other disciplines across the University.

    High achieving students may undertake an additional year of study leading to an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. An honours qualification is highly valued by employers and is a suitable preparation for students who wish to proceed to postgraduate studies. The honours year includes a major project.

    Areas of Specialisation

    The Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences allows students to choose a specialisation in disciplines including Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Statistics or Computer Science.

    Majors

    Applied Mathematics* 

    Learn about mathematical theories and work on projects that apply mathematics to solve real-world problems.

    Artificial Intelligence

    Learn from world-leading researchers in the areas of robotic vision, image recognition and machine learning and gain the knowledge and skills to design, develop and analyse software systems to perform tasks requiring human intelligence.

    Cybersecurity

    This major equips you with advanced skills in the technologies, processes and practices that protect networks, data and software systems from attack and unauthorised access.

    Computer Science


    This major covers computer-based solutions to information management and processing issues affecting all industries and commerce, and acrossthe science, entertainment and public sectors.

    Data and Decision Sciences

    This major equips you with the skills to use data and mathematics to understand the world and inform decisions.

    Distributed Systems and Networking

    The Distributed Systems and Networking major enables you to focus on the design and optimisation of networks and distributed systems, including: cloud computing; advanced network technologies and large-scale networks

    Data Science

    This major will give you the knowledge and skills to take, process, visualise and understand data, in order to extract value from it and communicate your findings.

    Pure Mathematics*


    Study mathematics in its purest form. Delve into the abstract theories built by logical deduction that underpin modern science and technology.

    Statistics* 

    The Statistics major focuses on the creation, collection, modelling and analysis of data to draw conclusions, inform decision-making, solve problems and direct business development.

    * If you’re interested in broadening your mathematical expertise, you can also choose to study any two of: Applied MathematicsPure Mathematics, or Statistics in any combination (e.g. Applied Mathematics and Statistics) in lieu of a single major.

    A minor is also available in Public Health.

    Example Study Plan

    Assessment

    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Monday, 14 Oct 2019