Emlyn Graham, Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences student standing next to a concrete wall with mathematical equation graffiti on it

Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences

Degree overview

Maths is at the core of all technological innovations.

If you like to master quantitative problem-solving, mathematical modelling and critical thinking, the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences is the degree for you. It is an elite, research-focused program for exceptional students at Australia’s highest-ranked university for mathematics.

It is designed for students who want a career based in the quantitative modelling of the real world, a research-oriented career in government, commerce or industry, or who are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies.

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.

What you'll learn

Mathematics is the study of universal patterns and structures and is the quantitative language of the world. It underpins information technology, computer science, engineering, and the physical sciences; and it plays an increasingly important role in the biological and medical sciences, economics, finance, environmental science, sociology and psychology. The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences provides the tools to study these patterns and structures and along the way, you learn transferable skills in critical thinking, analysis, investigation and evidenced-based decision-making.

The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences is a three year degree that can be tailored to  concentrate on theoretical mathematics or can extend to a range of applicable mathematical areas such as mathematical modelling, mathematical finance, mathematical economics, mathematical physics, and quantitative biology.

Student experience


Why do our brand new facilities have old-school blackboards?

Our new cyber security building is draped in code. Here in this building straight out of The Matrix, among the best mathematical minds in the country, is a piece of technology found nowhere else on campus.

Maths student on campus

What makes maths at ANU different

“I felt like I was able to go to the lecturer fairly casually and ask a lot of questions. In my financial maths course there were 25 students – a high school-size class!"

Female maths student in front of blackboard

This is what a mathematician looks like

Chaitanya Oehmigara's decision to study pure maths makes perfect sense.

 Virtual tour

Explore ANU science places, classrooms, laboratories and more through our interactive virtual tour.

Meet some of your teachers

Associate Professor Linda Stals, First year course convener

Linda’s expertise lies at the interface of mathematics and computing, with a background in the implementation of scalable algorithms on high performance computers. Her research interests include efficient solutions of large-scale problems, parallel numerical methods, multigrid methods, finite element methods, discrete thin plate splines, and fault tolerant iterative methods.

Linda has been awarded a College Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and is also a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Vigleik Angeltveit

Dr Vigleik Angelveit, Second year course convener

A graduate of MIT, Vigleik works in algebraic topology. In particular, he's interested in using methods from stable homotopy theory to understand algebraic K-theory.


The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences is designed for students who want a career based in the quantitative modelling of the real world, a research-oriented career in government, commerce or industry, or who are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies.

Graduates have gone on to work at:

  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Geosciences Australia
  • Australian Signals Directorate
  • Macquarie Bank
  • Boston Consulting
  • Treasury
  • Australian Tax Office
  • Google

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.

Fees & Scholarships

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Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

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ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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How to apply

Determine the best way to apply

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Understand the entry requirements

Meet the co-curricular or service requirement

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Make sure you have met the co-curricular or service requirement and provide the appropriate documentation.

Gather supporting documents

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Submit your application

Tick your application off your list so it's one less thing you need to think about. There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Receiving a conditional offer

If your application is successful you will receive an early conditional offer. A conditional offer will be converted to a full offer when you meet the academic requirements for your program and any other conditions included in your conditional offer.

Accept your confirmed final offer

Upon meeting the conditions of your conditional offer, you will receive a final offer. Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Undergraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!


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