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Mathematical Sciences

Postgraduate Major


Mathematical Sciences Major (MSc Science)


Develop your skills in operations research, statistics, numerical methods and computing.



Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Broad career options

Projects are based on technical or developmental ideas that originate within industry.

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

Mathematical scientists, or mathematicians, use the science of numbers to solve problems and conduct research in a number of different fields, including engineering, health and economics.

Using analytical or scientific software, mathematicians apply mathematical theory and develop computational methods to solve problems experienced by a range of industries.

They may design computer modelling or simulation programs, determine appropriate methods for data analysis, and identify trends and relationships in data.

This course will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in operations research, statistics, numerical analysis, computing or mathematics.

In your first year, you will study core mathematics subjects to help improve your mathematics knowledge and skills. You will also learn to conduct and manage research before undertaking an investigative project. Most projects are based on technical problems or developmental ideas that originate within industry or scientific research. 

In your second year, you will extend your knowledge and develop your ability to find efficient numerical and analytical solutions to problems. 

This major sits within the Master of Science (Science) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Science (Science).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • These courses teach advanced mathematics and statistics and their real-life applications in engineering, finance and industrial modelling.
  • Our graduates have a wide range of career choices that require analytic skills.
  • We have strong links with industries through our statistics group and the Western Australian Centre of Excellence in Industrial Optimisation.

What you'll learn

  • understand and apply complex mathematical and statistical principles and concepts in a range of mathematical disciplines such as operations research, statistics, numerical analysis or applied mathematical modelling, and to solve problems relevant to industry, commerce and Government
  • apply at an advanced level the principles of current academic research methodology in the fundamental and applied areas of mathematics and statistics as demonstrated through studying specialised units and the conduct of a supervised major project
  • locate, extract and critically appraise relevant evidence and scientific literature at an advanced level in relation to mathematical science
  • communicate effectively within the context of mathematical science through the written word and by oral presentation as demonstrated by the production of a large and detailed major project
  • use new and advanced technologies to effectively gather data and communicate information
  • understand the theoretical framework of mathematical science and work as a responsible, reflective, self-directed and motivated lifelong learner
  • be aware of the diversity of international perspectives and apply a high international standard of practice within their profession as a mathematical scientist
  • understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the discipline of mathematical science
  • display a very high standard of professional behaviour both independently and as a team member through the use of ethical practices

Admission criteria

Recognised bachelor degree in science, with competency in mathematical science or a related discipline to the level of second-year tertiary study.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

This course is two years full-time for applicants with a bachelor degree in science or one year full-time for applicants with honours or a postgraduate diploma.

You may choose to undertake intensive periods of course study or project work over the summer or vacation periods.

To enrol in this course you will need to apply for the Master of Science – School of Science and Computing (308719) with a Mathematical Sciences major. You will graduate with a Master of Science (Mathematical Sciences).

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Master of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-MATHM
  • Last updated on: 17/08/2022