Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences
A calculated career move
Mathematics is both a logical and creative pursuit. It’s about curiosity, challenge, perseverance and passion.
Millions of industries around the world depend on mathematical scientists. They analyse and interpret patterns, predict and model outcomes, solve problems and drive human progress.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences challenges you to explore the full breadth and depth of mathematical learning. You will:
- learn from award-winning researchers and teachers in state-of-the-art facilities
- build fundamental statistical and mathematical knowledge
- hone your creativity, rigour, logical thinking, professionalism and research skills
- delve into abstract theories that underpin modern science
- create, collect, analyse and model data.
Majors are available in:
Where could it take you?
Our maths graduates go on to all sorts of fascinating careers in technology-led industries. You could crunch numbers for business start-ups as a data scientist or work on modelling to predict the weather. You might be an actuary, applying probability and statistics to insurance and banking. Perhaps you’ll design digital games or pursue rocket science.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 324421 2020 CSP ATAR 84.2 2020 CSP IB 31 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses. Enquiries Future Students team
2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 71.9 Median ATAR to receive an offer 87.65 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 98.15 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 84.2 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 93.2 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.9 Minimum eligibility score 80 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only 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 Pathway. 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) and Specialist Mathematics. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3). MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods. 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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. 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 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 324421
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
6 35.3% (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)
N/A N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- 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 <5 N/A All students 17 100.0%
CRICOS 056945K Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced 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 RequirementsMore Information
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 80 International Baccalaureate (IB) 29 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75% British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 5.2 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82 ISC & CBSE [India] 75% ISBE [India] 85% SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1270 AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 9 Abitur 3.1 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0 STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 77 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77 Eynesbury Foundation Program 380 ANU Foundation Studies 74% Monash Foundation Year 72.5% Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75 UNSW Foundation Year 7.3 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9 Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 59 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77 SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80 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
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) and Specialist Mathematics. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3). MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods. International Qualifications Mathematics
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $43,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Graduates are highly regarded by employers and opportunities exist in a wide range of occupations in business, industry, commerce, government, public service, teaching and research organisations.
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Commodities or Futures Trader, Data Analyst, Financial Analyst, Meteorologist, Statistician, Market Researcher, Biostatistician, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Defence Scientist, Bioinformatics, Project Manager, Actuary, Business Data Analyst, Telecommunications Analyst, Mathematician
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 ExperienceIt is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Mathematical 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 StructureStudents take courses to the value of at least 72 units comprising a core mathematical sciences requirement together with a number of electives. Students must complete at least 18 units of level III courses chosen from Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Statistics together with Communication Skills.
A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest, without narrowing future career options. Majors are available in: Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics.
Students who perform well can undertake an additional year of study to obtain an Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences. An honours qualification is highly valued by employers and is 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 at least 72 units comprising a core mathematical sciences requirement together with a number of electives.
Students must complete at least 18 units of level III courses chosen from Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Statistics together with Communication Skills.
High achieving students may undertake an additional year of study leading to an Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences. An honours qualification is highly valued by employers and is 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 Sciences allows students to choose a specialisation in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Statistics.
Learn about mathematical theories and work on projects that apply mathematics to solve real-world problems.
Study mathematics in its purest form. Delve into the abstract theories built by logical deduction that underpin modern science and technology.
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.
Example Study PlanStudy plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
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: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020