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Master of  Science

Program code: 5712
CRICOS code: 099432B


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Why study the Master of Science

This program provides advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in specialised scientific fields, through lectures, workshops, projects and directed study. Students can develop an understanding of specialised fields in which they have minimal previous knowledge.

Applicants looking to extend their knowledge may be eligible for the 24 unit Master of Science program.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Mathematics and Statistics fields: Bachelor degree with first year university level mathematics including calculus, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations.
Physics field: Bachelor degree with first year university level physics (including mechanics, thermal physics, electromagnetism, and modern physics), and first year university level mathematics (including calculus, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations).

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Science at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Science.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.


This program enables students to undertake advanced courses in mathematics and its applications. Special topics courses enable students to build the necessary background and techniques in pure or applied areas. Advanced level courses introduce students to recent developments in a broad range of modern mathematics, including analysis; algebra and combinatorics; applied mathematics; computational mathematics; and statistics and probability. Students cover modern applications of mathematics in areas such as coding and cryptology; bioinformatics; mathematical physics; mathematical ecology; computational science and visualisation; nonlinear differential equations; and financial mathematics. Students develop mathematical research techniques through projects that provide the opportunity to work within any of the research centres associated with the mathematics department.


Physics generates fundamental knowledge needed for future technological advances that will continue to drive the economic engines of the world. Physics plays a pivotal role in the education of and support for other disciplines, including agriculture, biology, chemistry, engineering and medicine. It also lead to careers in astrophysics and cosmology, geophysics, laser science and photonics, condensed matter physics and theoretical physics. The postgraduate coursework program in physics is designed for students who have substantial background at the undergraduate level and offers the opportunity to carry out research projects with nationally and internationally recognised staff in various research centres such as the Centre for Biophotonics and Laser Science, the Centres of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology and Quantum-Atom Optics, the Centre for Hypersonics and the Centre for Mathematical Physics.


Statistics is the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data. Statisticians contribute to scientific inquiry by applying their mathematical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments; collection, processing, and analysis of data; and interpretation of the results. Statistical methods can be applied to a variety of areas, including biology, economics, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, education, and sports. Theoretical and practical courses offer students experience in the use of popular statistical and data analysis packages. The program covers all areas of modern statistics and equips graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to embark on a career as a professional statistician. Major areas of study are applied and theoretical statistics and probability theory.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,736
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Science can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Science is 5712. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Science is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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