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Financial Mathematics
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Financial Mathematics (Advanced)

Undergraduate major

The Financial Mathematics (BAdvSci) (Honours) major provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying Financial Mathematics with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 95
  • Qualification
    Financial Mathematics Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)
  • Credit
    800
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Why study Financial Mathematics (Advanced) at Curtin?

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Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Outline

Outline

This major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), designed for high-performing students to pursue their interest in science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship. It provides opportunities for you to source and undertake internal and external internships and immersive work experience, which can be used for course credit.

Mathematics is the study of concepts such as quantity, structure, space and change and to use these concepts to model and describe the behaviour of real world complex systems. It has been described as the science of patterns – whether found in numbers, space, science, engineering, computers, imaginary abstractions, or elsewhere.

Through abstraction and logical reasoning, mathematics evolved from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Today, mathematics is used in most fields, including technology, natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences, such as sociology and psychology.

This course will provide you with a broad range of analytical and mathematical skills, with particular relevance to statistical modelling and operations research in the financial context.

It offers a flexible and personalised approach to studying financial mathematics. You'll be able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects.

You'll receive a strong grounding in corporate finance, financial institution, financial markets and various branches of the financial services industry, enhancing your employment prospects in the technological, industrial and commercial sectors. You may select from units in accounting, economics and business.

Work-based learning in this course is ensured through the requirement to engage in immersive industry and/or research experience. In your capstone experience you'll have the opportunity to pursue mathematics projects that may be based anywhere from pure research through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

See our handbook for more course information. 

How this course will make you industry ready

  • This course teaches advanced mathematics and statistics and their real-world applications in the financial context.
  • Curtin has strong links with industry and the business world; as a result, the course units are designed to develop the practical skills needed to address real-world problems.
  • A work experience program runs from second year onwards, exposing you to real applications of your studies and introducing you to potential employers.
  • Through embedded research and industry engagement, you'll have the opportunity to investigate multiple areas of specialisation and tailor you final year experience that prepares you for the industry of your choice.

Career information

Careers

  • Commercial banker
  • Finance/funds manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Stockbroker
  • Superannuation manager

Industries

  • Banking and finance
  • Econometrics
  • Education
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Investment banking
  • Risk management

What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, and an advanced knowledge of mathematical and statistical principles and concepts in a range of mathematical disciplines; solve problems relevant to science, industry, commerce and government.
  • Apply mathematical and statistical methods to critically analyse challenging and multi-faceted problems and to think creatively to generate innovative solutions.
  • Access and make judgements on the value of available knowledge using a variety of tools, and incorporate them into the planning, conduct and communication of their own work.
  • Communicate approaches, ideas, findings and solutions to financial mathematics problems in a variety of modes to informed professional audiences.
  • Use established and emerging technologies in the field of financial mathematics to address complex research questions.
  • Demonstrate intellectual independence and engage in self-driven continuous discipline and professional education and training in the mathematical sciences.
  • Be aware of the diversity of international perspectives and apply international standards of practice within their profession as a mathematical scientist in the financial services industry.
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues from a range of cultural backgrounds; understand the importance of cultural diversity and how it impacts a mathematician in the financial services industry.
  • Work ethically and professionally as an independent mathematician in the financial services industry and collaboratively within teams either as a professional leader or collaborator.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course may be eligible for membership to the Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI), Australian Society for Operations Research and Australian Mathematical Society (Aust MS).

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 95

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 95

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Specialist ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • STAT entry

    STAT is not accepted for this course

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    STAT is not accepted for this course

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 95

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 95

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Specialist ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • STAT entry

    STAT is not accepted for this course

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 95

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 95

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Specialist ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 95; or
  • completed 200 credits over one year with a course weighted average (CWA) of 80% or higher; and
  • met the prerequisites.

The Maths Specialist prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Specialist ATAR; or
  • MATH1015 Linear Algebra 1 and MATH1016 Calculus 1.

Higher education course switcher criteria

This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 95

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 95

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Specialist ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

7.0

Overall band score

7.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree for indicative fees.

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