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Master of Science

Overview

Extend your knowledge in your chosen field of mathematics, physics or statistics and capitalise on the growing demand for high-level scientific expertise.

The Master of Science (32 units) is designed for graduates who have achieved first year university level in their chosen field of mathematics, physics or statistics and wish to extend their knowledge. This program also provides a pathway to PhD study.

For your two years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) studies, you'll select from 40-50 courses, depending on your field of study, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals.

You'll be able to apply your gained knowledge on a range of collaborations, including research projects externally and within our research centres, commercialisation ventures and industry placements and internships.

You'll also have the opportunity to carry out research projects with staff in various research centres such as the ARC Centres for Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies, Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers, and Plant Success.

Many of our Mathematics graduates study higher degrees and go on to research positions at universities and other major research institutions. Our Physics graduates gain advanced skills that are widely applicable and highly valued by a diverse range of employers. Equally, our Statistics graduates are in high demand in business, industry, and government.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5712
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45728 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5712
CRICOS Code
099432B
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at UQ's Faculty of Science, internationally renowned for excellence and impact in teaching and research.
  • Benefit from UQ's long-standing links with industry and government partners.
  • Apply your gained knowledge through a range of collaborations, including research projects externally and within our research centres, commercialisation ventures, and industry placements or internships.

1 in Queensland for statistics and operational research

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for physics and astronomy

QS World University Rankings 2021

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Financial Calculus
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Advanced Quantum Theory
  • Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic Properties of Crystals
  • Applied Probability Statistics
  • Frontiers in Astrophysics

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Scientific researcher
  • Banking analyst
  • University academic
  • Health researcher
  • Market risk manager
  • Investment analyst
  • Product developer
  • Quality controller
  • Finance analyst
  • Asset and liability manager

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (postgraduate)

$78K–$90K

compared.edu.au

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

For the Mathematics, Applied Mathematics,and Statistics fields of study:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, with first-year, university-level mathematics (including calculus, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations), or
  • a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in Science.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
For the Physics field of study:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, 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), or
  • a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in Science.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Prerequisites

For the Mathematics, Applied Mathematics,and Statistics fields of study:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, with first-year, university-level mathematics (including calculus, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations), or
  • a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in Science.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
For the Physics field of study:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, 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), or
  • a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in Science.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Related programs

Depending on your previous qualifications and current goals, you might want to consider
one of these related programs:

English language requirements

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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

You’ll develop your critical thinking skills and learn advanced mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

Mathematical modelling is used across a wide range of problems. These include the design of:

  • networks for improved efficiency in traffic flow
  • climate models used to predict weather events, and
  • models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases.

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Many of our mathematics graduates study higher degrees and go on to research positions at universities and other major research institutions.

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The mathematics major is focused on the intrinsic nature and fundamental properties of mathematics, and recognises its ubiquity, universality and beauty.

Mathematics enables a concise language used for rigorous explorations of problems and a heightened predictive power.

You’ll have the opportunity to study modern applications of mathematics in areas such as coding and cryptology, bioinformatics, mathematical physics, mathematical ecology, computational science and visualisation, and nonlinear differential equations.

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Study fundamental natural laws and demonstrate how and why things work at scales ranging from the sub-nuclear, through the everyday, and onto the entire cosmos.

Gain advanced knowledge in areas such as quantum physics and astrophysics using experimental, theoretical and computational methods.

This field is designed for students who have a substantial background in physics at the undergraduate level.

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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.

Gain the theory and practical experience in the use of popular statistical and data analysis packages, as well as applied and theoretical statistics and probability theory. You will develop advanced skills in modern statistics so you can graduate ready to embark on a career as a professional statistician.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

You’ll develop your critical thinking skills and learn advanced mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

Mathematical modelling is used across a wide range of problems. These include the design of:

  • networks for improved efficiency in traffic flow
  • climate models used to predict weather events, and
  • models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases.

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Many of our mathematics graduates study higher degrees and go on to research positions at universities and other major research institutions.

View

The mathematics major is focused on the intrinsic nature and fundamental properties of mathematics, and recognises its ubiquity, universality and beauty.

Mathematics enables a concise language used for rigorous explorations of problems and a heightened predictive power.

You’ll have the opportunity to study modern applications of mathematics in areas such as coding and cryptology, bioinformatics, mathematical physics, mathematical ecology, computational science and visualisation, and nonlinear differential equations.

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Study fundamental natural laws and demonstrate how and why things work at scales ranging from the sub-nuclear, through the everyday, and onto the entire cosmos.

Gain advanced knowledge in areas such as quantum physics and astrophysics using experimental, theoretical and computational methods.

This field is designed for students who have a substantial background in physics at the undergraduate level.

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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.

Gain the theory and practical experience in the use of popular statistical and data analysis packages, as well as applied and theoretical statistics and probability theory. You will develop advanced skills in modern statistics so you can graduate ready to embark on a career as a professional statistician.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $29,760

Indicative annual fee 2021

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Science at 2022 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program. Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

AUD $45,728

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Science for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Science pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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