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What will I study?

UQ offers a wide range of courses in mathematics and its applications. In their first year, students study essential topics in calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. In later years students select from more specialised courses. These emphasise new ideas in mathematics, and include recent applications in coding and cryptology, mathematical physics, mathematical biology, bioinformatics, and finance.

Pure Mathematics (Algebra & Discrete Mathematics)

Algebra studies abstract mathematical structures beginning with vector spaces, groups, and rings. It leads on to the study of number theory and to applications in mathematical physics, coding, and cryptology. Discrete mathematics studies the ways objects can be rearranged and linked together, and includes combinatorics and graph theory. These subjects are basic to many of the large problems arising in information technology and bioinformatics. The department has a particularly strong research program in combinatorics, covering a wide variety of subdisciplines including algebraic combinatorics, bioinformatics, combinatorial group theory, design theory, and graph theory.

Pure Mathematics (Analysis)

Mathematical analysis is the area of mathematics that most appeals to people who like calculus. It provides a rigorous foundation for differentiation and integration, and its ideas are basic in the understanding of many fields of contemporary mathematics, including differential equations, probability theory, stochastic processes, and control theory. Current research in this area includes nonlinear differential equations arising from physical and biological models, dynamical systems, control theory and economics, stochastic processes, and applications to financial mathematics and biology.

Applied Mathematics

Applied mathematicians use mathematics to understand the world around us. The applied mathematics courses develop the mathematical methods that have proved particularly useful, and apply these methods to physical and biological systems. The department has significant research strengths in material science and mathematical ecology.

Financial Mathematics

Today, advanced mathematical models are used routinely in finance. Mathematics is used to monitor and direct the investments of superannuation funds and investment managers. Partial differential equations are used to price options. The new Basel 2 accord on international bank regulation requires sophisticated modeling of a bank’s overall risk. The core courses in financial mathematics provide a background in finance and an introduction to the basic techniques of stochastic processes, statistics, and computational methods. These can be combined with further courses in finance, statistics, or computational mathematics. The mathematics department hosts an interdisciplinary group of statisticians, mathematical analysts, and computational mathematicians interested in financial mathematics and its application in the energy markets.

Mathematical Physics

Many breakthroughs in the development of physical theories, particularly in the realm of quantum physics, have been underpinned by the application of novel mathematical techniques. Research in mathematical physics at UQ covers a broad spectrum from areas of pure mathematics (Lie and quantum algebras, supersymmetry, low dimensional topology) through to applications in areas such as Bose-Einstein condensates, superconductivity, and condensed matter systems.


Year 1 to 4 Study Planners

The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to assist in planning your program. BAdvSc(Hons) students will complete #64 units in total, comprising:

  • #6 for Part A (either STAT1201 or STAT1301 plus SCIE1100 and SCIE1200)
  • #36 for the requirements for a major as per the course list (including #28 level 3 or above).
  • #6 from the BAdvSc(Hons) or BSc course list
  • #16 (science or non-science) electives

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the program and major requirements.

How do I use the Study Plans?

  1. Take all Compulsory courses from the First Year study plan.
  2. Choose a Specialisation.
  3. Take all Compulsory Courses in each semester.
  4. Select required number of units in Key Courses for each year level.
  5. Fill any gaps in each semester with Key Courses or electives to ensure you meet the BAdvSc(Hons) requirements and rules.

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for the Program – All student must complete these courses as part of the program requirements.
  • Prerequisites for Major – First year prerequisites for the major
  • Compulsory for the Major – All student must complete these courses as part of the major requirements.
  • Key Courses – Electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended Electives – Courses that complement the major but can be substituted for another elective.

Choose a study plan

  • 1st Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Program Key Courses Recommended Electives
    1 SCIE1100 Theory & Practice in Science MATH1061 Discrete Mathematics

    MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1
    MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I2
    Please refer to course list
    2 SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research

    STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data5
    STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data5

    MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations2
    MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations2
    Please refer to course list

    1. Students without Queensland Senior Maths C should complete MATH1050 before MATH1051.
    2. Students with a high achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 6 or 7 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1071, MATH1072 and MATH2401. Students with a sound achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 4 or 5  in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1051, MATH1052 and MATH2400.
    5. Students who intend to major in Mathematics should take STAT1301.  Other students with an interest in advanced mathematics and at least a high achievement in Maths C or a 6 in MATH1050 are encouraged to take STAT1301.

  • 2nd Year Study Planner
    Sem Compulsory for the Program Key Courses
    Choose at least #4 from:
    Recommended Electives
    Choose at least #2 from:
    1  MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra3

    MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis2
    MATH2401 Mathematical Analysis and Advanced Topics2
    MATH2301 Linear &Abstract Algebra & Number Theory

    SCIE2100 Introduction to Bioinformatics

    STAT2003 Probability &Statistics
    Please refer to the Course List
    2 -

    COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science

    MATH2070 Natural Resource Mathematics

    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis

    MATH2302 Discrete Mathematics II

    PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Relativity

    STAT2004 Statistical Modelling & Analysis

    Please refer to the Course List

    2. Students with a high achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 6 or 7 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1071, MATH1072 and MATH2401. Students with a sound achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 4 or 5  in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1051, MATH1052 and MATH2400.
    3. Available in Semester 1 & 2

  • 3rd Year Study Planner
    Year 3 Compulsory for the Program Key Courses4
    Choose at least #8 (but must include at least #2 not coded MATH34XX or MATH44XX)
    Recommended Electives
    1 MATH3401 Complex Analysis MATH3090 Finanical Mathematics

    MATH3101 Bifurcation &Chaos

    MATH3104 Mathematical Biology

    MATH3201 Scientific Computing:Advanced Techniques and Applications

    MATH3202 Operations Research &Mathematical Planning

    MATH3302 Coding & Cryptography

    MATH3303 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory

    MATH3402 Functional Analysis
    Please refer to the Course List
    2 SCIE3250 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics
    SCIE3251 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics
    MATH3102 Methods and Models of Applied Mathematics

    MATH3103 Algebraic Methods of Mathematical Physics

    MATH3301 Graph Theory and Design Theory

    MATH3306 Set Theory & Mathematical Logic

    MATH3403 Partial Differential Equations

    MATH3404 Optimisation Theory

    MATH3405 Differential Geometry

    STAT3004 Probability Models & Stochastic Processes
    Please refer to the Course List

    4. Any Level 4 Mathematics course with the permission of the Executive Dean. Students will not be permitted to take MATH44XX if they have already completed #8 of MATH34XX.

  • 4th Year Study Planner
    Year 4 Compulsory for the Program Key Courses
    Choose at least #10 from:
    Recommended Electives
    1 MATH6010 Mathematics Honours Research Project5 MATH4091 Financial Calculus

    MATH4105 General Relativity

    MATH4302 Combinatorial Designs7

    MATH4303 Partial Differential Equations6

    MATH4402 Ordinary Differential Equations III/IVH6

    MATH4403 Partial Differntial Equations III/IVH7

    STAT4403 Advanced Probability & Stochastic processes I6

    STAT4404 Advanced Probability & Stochastic Processes II7
    Please refer to the Course List
    2 - MATH4090 Computation in Financial Mathematics

    MATH4104 Advanced Hamiltonian Dynamics & Chaos7

    MATH4106 Advanced Mathematical Methods & Models A6

    MATH4107 Advanced Mathematical Methods & Models B7

    MATH4201 Applications of Scientific Computing

    MATH4202 Advanced Topics in Operations Research

    MATH4301 Advanced Algebra7

    MATH4304 Number Theory6

    MATH4404 Functional Analysis III/IVH7

    MATH4405 Measure Theory6

    MATH4406 Control Theory III/IVH6
    Please refer to the Course List

    5. Students can complete either MATH6010 or MATH6020
    6. Offered even years only
    7. Offered odd years only



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