Mathematics - 2920

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Science


Campus: Sydney

Career: Research

Typical Duration: 2 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 12

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 96


Master of Science (Research)

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Program Description

The MSc degree provides a basic training in research. Each candidate is given an individual research topic and carries out research on the topic under the personal supervision of a member of staff within one of the three departments of the School of Mathematics. On completion of the research the results are incorporated into a thesis which is submitted for examination by international experts in the field. Details of the research areas which are presently available in the School of Mathematics, as well as recent research thesis are available on the Mathematics website.

The MSc degree can be undertaken either full-time or part-time (or, in some cases, externally). For a full-time candidate the degree normally requires two years of study but a candidate with a first-class honours degree or with previous research experience can apply to have the period reduced by up to one year.

An applicant whose academic qualifications are satisfactory, but whose background is not fully appropriate to the proposed research topic, may be required to attend formal lecture courses in relevant subjects.

The formal conditions for the award of the MSc degree are set out in the Sciences Faculty Handbook. You can also consult the UNSW virtual handbook for further details.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please refer to the Program Description.

Program Structure

Please contact the Faculty of Science or the School of Mathematics for information.

Academic Rules


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Admission Requiremetns

An honours degree is normally required for admission as an MSc candidate, but applicants with a good pass degree may be admitted to a qualifying program, which usually consists of part or all of the honours year of the relevant department.

Applications for admission to UNSW as a graduate student are accepted all year round. Students applying for admission to coursework degrees should submit their forms by the middle of January for Session 1 commencements (in March) or the middle of June for Session 2.

Entry to the courses is on the recommendation of the Head of School or nominee (in practice the Director of Postgraduate Studies in mathematics); due consideration is given to all aspects of each applicant's undergraduate, graduate, and professional background. The UNSW virtual handbook has information about admission requirements for the different coursework programs.

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