Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences

  • 80
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR
  • Duration

    3 years full-time
    or part-time equiv.
  • Start Dates

    February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.

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.


  • Ranked #48 in the world for computer science and engineering^
  • Five-star rating for teaching quality and student support*
  • Showcase your work and network with future employers at Ingenuity

^ARWU, 2021
*Good Universities Guide, 2022

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. 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. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 324421
2021 CSP ATAR 83.45
2021 CSP IB 30
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
Deferment No
Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 77.85
Median ATAR to receive an offer 84.75
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 88.85
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 83.45
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 89.98
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 93.65
Minimum eligibility score 80
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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics. IB: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL). 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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 324421

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 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)
6 50.0%
  • 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 <5 N/A
All students 12 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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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 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 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

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.

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.

Areas of Specialisation

Majors
Majors are available in:

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

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following:

Capstone Course
Students must complete the following:
  • MATHS 3021 Capstone Project in Mathematical Sciences III
Majors
Students must choose one of the following:
Electives, no major
Students opting for the 'no major' option must complete the following:
Electives to the value of 39 units including:

  • Level I, II or III Electives from any discipline (18 units)
  • Level II or III Electives from any discipline (3 units)
  • Level III Electives from any discipline (3 units)
  • Level III Mathematical Sciences Electives (15 units)
Note: Electives may be chosen from courses offered by the School of Mathematical Sciences, School of Computer Sciences or any other undergraduate courses offered by the University that are available to the student.

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.

Assessment

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

Testimonial

I am currently a Systems Engineer in a start-up company which has seen me travel the world for my work over the past two years. My advice to new students is to get involved in the university community and society’s early and take up the networking opportunities.

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Last updated: Thursday, 16 Sep 2021