Master of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced)


The Master of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) enables you to upgrade your expertise in the mathematical sciences, either as a route to further, or to upgrade your quantitative skills in areas that are rapidly becoming more reliant on advanced techniques from the mathematical sciences, such as the biological and computational sciences.

You can take a variety of courses ranging from pure mathematics to mathematical modelling, computational mathematics and applications of mathematics, as well as courses in related disciplines such as statistics, computer science, financial mathematics and econometrics. The program can be tailored to your interests and needs as much as possible.

ANU has been ranked Australia’s best university for mathematics teaching and research.  You will explore how to conduct research into modern mathematics, and applied contexts, such as health, information technology and economics.

Program details

You will choose from a variety of courses and have the flexibility to pursue interests that suit your needs. You can study topics covering pure mathematics, mathematical modelling, bioinformatics, fractal geometry and applications to digital imaging, number theory and cryptography, scientific and industrial modelling, computational mathematics, and applications of mathematics.

You can also study mathematics as it relates to disciplines like statistical biological science, computer science, finance, and econometrics.

This two year degree program balances coursework studies alongside a significant research project supervised by an academic, and is a gateway to further research, such as a PhD.

Key facts

  • #1 for Natural Sciences (QS 2022) in Australia

  • Study part time or full time

  • Semester 1 & 2 intake

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)


Graduating from the Master of Mathematical Sciences will make you highly employable. The degree will enhance your existing abilities and expertise, building on your undergraduate experience to retrain for a new career, or provide you with new tools and insight into your work or study ambitions.

As a graduate, you will be an attractive candidate for specialised and senior roles in Australia and across the world including:

  • Statistics
  • Financial, computer, environmental and/or industrial modelling
  • Research and analysis
  • Science communication
  • Lecturing, teaching and education.

Roles our graduates hold include Associate, Quantitative Applications Division at Macquarie Group; Lecturer, Sanata Dharma University (Indonesia); and Visiting Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management (USA).

According to the Australian Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Science Survey, more than 80 per cent of people reported needing maths skills. Over half used science skills in their jobs. Areas such as biological sciences and computational science are becoming increasingly reliant on advanced techniques from the mathematical sciences. The Master of Mathematical Science will equip you with quantitative skills in this areas, as well as act as a pathway to a PhD.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

World class facilities

Use state-of-the-art facilities such as the National Computational Infrastructure supercomputer. Access more than 10 PB of nationally and internationally significant datasets in the NCI data collections.

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Advanced program

Take your learning much further by working with leading scholars in the field and developing theoretical and practical knowledge in contemporary research exploring mathematical sciences.

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Recognition of prior learning

You can be granted course credits or exemptions for prior learning that is formal, non-formal and informal. If you  work in a related field, relevant workplace learning can be incorporated into your study.

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Learning experience


Meet Master of Mathematical Sciences student Shuaige Qiao

"My favourite thing is the flexibility of choosing courses. You need to try other ways to learn, like reading courses or courses in special topics."

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Fees & scholarships


Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.

Key people

John Urbas

Professor John Urbas

John Urbas

John's research specialises in partial differential equations and algebraic and differential geometry.


Associate Professor Bai-Ling Wang


Bai-Ling’s research interests include topology and differential geometry for singular spaces (foliations, stratified orbifolds and moduli spaces from Gromov-Witten theory), including local index theories and higher index theories.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the domestic postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

Domestic postgraduate applications

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the international postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

International postgraduate applications

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