Mathematical Sciences

Course overview

The Master of Mathematical Sciences is a stand-alone two-year coursework Masters degree, with specialities in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science.

The degree consists of coursework and a research project.

Course outcomes

Upon completion of a Master of Mathematical Sciences graduates will demonstrate:

  1. Ability to independently construct logical, clearly presented and justified arguments incorporating deductive reasoning.
  2. Understanding of the breadth of the discipline, its role in other fields, and the way other fields contribute to development of the mathematical sciences.
  3. Knowledge of the principles and concepts of a broad range of fundamental areas in the mathematical sciences.
  4. Well-developed knowledge in at least four broad areas of the mathematical sciences and deep knowledge in at least one specialist area.
  5. Ability to formulate and model practical and abstract problems in mathematical and/or statistical terms using a variety of methods.
  6. Ability to apply mathematical and/or statistical principles, concepts, techniques and technology to solve practical and abstract problems and interpret results critically.
  7. Appropriate interpretation of information communicated in mathematical and statistical form.
  8. Appropriate presentation of information, reasoning, and conclusions in written, visual, and oral modes of communication, to diverse audiences (expert and non-expert).
  9. Ability to self-direct learning to extend their existing knowledge and that of others.
  10. Ability to work effectively and responsibly in an individual or team context.
  11. Understanding and recognition of what constitutes an ethical and correct application of mathematical and statistical approaches to solving problems.
 

Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Sciences

Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences

Master of Mathematical Sciences


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

 GCMATHSC-01

Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Sciences

 GNMATHSC-01

Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences

 MAMATHEM-01

Master of Mathematical Sciences

 

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The masters degree in these resolutions is an Advanced Learning Masters course, as defined by the Coursework Policy.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Sciences
(b)
Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences
(c)
Master of Mathematical Sciences

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
With approval of the Dean, available places in the Master of Mathematical Sciences will be offered to qualified applicants according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
(2)
Admission to the Master of Mathematical Sciences requires:
(a)
A bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent qualification, including completion of at least 24 credit points of mathematical sciences units at 3000-level with at least a distinction average over these mathematical sciences units, and
(b)
Satisfaction of English language requirements.
(3)
Admission to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma is available only by transfer from the Master of Mathematical Sciences with approval of the Dean or Associate Dean.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the postgraduate table of units of study for the Mathematics subject area.
(2)
To qualify for the award of Master of Mathematical Sciences a candidate must complete 96 credit points including:
(a)
No more than 24 credit points of 3000 level electives; and
(b)
No more than 48 credit points of 4000 level electives; and
(c)
At least 12 credit points of 5000 level electives; and
(d)
24 credit points of research core project units.
(3)
To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma, a candidate must complete 72 credit points including:
(a)
No more than 24 credit points of 3000 level electives; and
(b)
At least 24 credit points of electives at 4000 level or above, and
(c)
24 credit points of research core project units
(4)
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate, a candidate must complete 48 credit points including
(a)
No more than 24 credit points of 3000 level electives; and
(b)
At least 24 credit points of electives at 4000 level or above.

7 Cross-institutional study

(1)
Cross-institutional study and international exchange may be available by means of formal partnership agreements.
(2)
In exceptional circumstances cross-institutional study to a maximum of 24 credit points may be available to candidates outside of formal partnership agreements, subject to prior approval by the Faculty.

8 Credit for previous study

(a)
A candidate may be granted credit in recognition of prior learning. Candidates may be eligible for credit of up to 24 credit points for relevant subjects at the discretion of the Dean or Associate Dean.
(b)
A candidate who has completed the Bachelor of Science as part of the Bachelor of Science/Master of Mathematical Sciences at The University of Sydney will receive a reduction in the volume of learning of a maximum of 24 credit points of 3000 level or above units from the Mathematical Sciences program.
(c)
A candidate who has completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at The University of Sydney or equivalent qualification may be eligible to receive up to 48 credit points of advanced standing subject to the discretion of the Dean or Associate Dean.
(d)
Notwithstanding any credit granted, in order to qualify for an award a student must complete at least 50 per cent of the course requirements whilst enrolled in the award course.

9 Course transfer

A candidate for the Master of Mathematical Sciences may elect to discontinue study and graduate with a shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Faculty, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.