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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 study of mathematical sciences, 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 forestdisciplines 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 so 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

Learning experience

Mathematics student, Shuaige Qiao

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."

Mathematics PhD student, Joseph Chien

Public servant embarks on productive PhD in mathematics

Working hard or hardly working? This is the question Joseph Chien hopes to answer in his PhD with the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute.

Meet your teachers

John Urbas

Professor John Urbas

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


Graduating from the Master of Mathematics 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.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

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

Scholarships: Scholarships

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

How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

Gather supporting documents

If you graduated from an Australian university, UAC will be able to access your results in most cases. However, you may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation, so it is a good idea to prepare your records just in case.

You can still apply before you complete your Bachelor Degree if you are in your final year, and you must advise UAC in your application. You may need to provide a copy of your academic transcript directly to UAC as soon as you complete your degree. UAC will provide instructions during the application process.

Submit an application

You will need to submit your application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Receive an offer

All offers are made through UAC and are released on a rolling basis. You can access your offers and correspondence by logging into your UAC account.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

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 Postgraduate 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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