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UQ mathematicians have been recognised with some of Australia’s highest accolades. Our talented academics include four fellows of the Australian Academy of Sciences and eight ARC Future Fellows. The School of Mathematics and Physics is also home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.
Join the Mathematics Students Society (MSS) for weekly maths talks, games/film nights, or larger events such as lawn bowl evenings and soirees. The maths talks, in particular, are a great opportunity to learn how to present mathematics to an audience and your peers.
During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.
Mathematics is a broad field of study, and I enjoy being exposed to its many subfields and being able to work out mathematical solutions with my classmates to problems I've grappled with for hours or days. Baxter Cowley, Bachelor of Mathematics (current student)
There are 5 majors available in the Bachelor of Mathematics.
View all majors for this programDemand for quantitatively trained graduates is at an all-time high. Graduates with a degree in mathematics are sought by industry for their excellent quantitative and problem-solving abilities, and gain a wide range of rewarding positions in the public and private sectors. This includes roles in:
Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English and Mathematics B.
The courses offered in the Bachelor of Mathematics are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.
Courses Program RulesThe Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Mathematics. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.
Program RulesTo have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.
Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.
The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Mathematics:
A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.
All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.
Concurrent diplomas are available in:
The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Mathematics.
When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.
The Applied Mathematics major focuses on the derivation and evaluation of models in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. As a student in the Applied Mathematics major, you'll study advanced techniques for solving differential equations using high-level maths in the second and third years of your major. Courses also examine the numerical methods used in computer programming and computational science, and you can also choose from electives that focus on areas like financial mathematics.
Data analytics and operations research are both rapidly growing disciplines that use a range of mathematical, statistical and computational approaches to big data. As a student in the Data Analytics and Operations Research major, you'll learn how to extract information and make decisions in fields from pure science research to applied business management. You'll also learn the skills to analyse large and complex data sets and to make effective decisions using optimisation techniques.
The field of Mathematical Physics focuses on the mathematical foundations of modern physical theories. It also provides the mathematical understanding that underpins a broad range of contemporary sciences, including statistical mechanics, relativity and quantum theory. As a student in the Mathematical Physics major, you'll learn how to understand and describe nature at its most fundamental levels. This major not only prepares students for research in mathematical physics and related disciplines – it also fosters creativity and develops high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking, which are paramount in problem solving.
As a student in the Pure Mathematics major, you'll study the intrinsic nature and fundamental properties of mathematics, and recognise its ubiquity, universality and beauty. Courses in the major develop high-level skills in critical, analytical and abstract thinking, and provide frameworks for deeper understanding of other areas of mathematics, such as applied mathematics, mathematical physics and statistics. The major offers the opportunity to acquire a solid grounding in the key areas of pure mathematics, as well opportunities to undertake focused study in advanced courses. Our pure mathematics courses cover areas such as algebra, analysis, combinatorics, geometry, number theory and topology.
Statistics is a field that seeks to understand and deal with chance and uncertainty through mathematics. As a student in the Statistics major, you'll learn about the design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data, and how to extract patterns and identify other useful relationships. Courses also focus on key features of statistics, including the development and use of probability models to represent random phenomena, which you'll use to analyse and make predictions and decisions.
You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.
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