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UAC code483200 - Newcastle
LocationNewcastle
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 001608D
Program Code10237
Selection Rank
85.00
90.05 (Median SR)
Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Study mathematics

Without maths, interpreting the real world would not be possible. Mathematics is the language of science and underpins most technological advances that we rely on every day. Studying a Bachelor of Mathematics will give you essential skills and knowledge in logic, mathematical modelling, experimental design and data analysis.

Study the Bachelor of Mathematics at The University of Newcastle to learn the essential skills and knowledge necessary to be a professional mathematician or statistician − including the ability to manipulate, analyse and interpret large amounts of data.

Why study with us?

  • One of a kind - one of the few specialised Mathematics and Statistics programs available in Australia that offers a complete undergraduate mathematics program, not just a Mathematics or Statistics major.
  • Increase your employment prospects - pair your love of mathematics with science or engineering by studying a combined degree.
  • Top 3 in Australia for overall satisfaction for undergraduate Science and Mathematics students (Student Experience Survey 2019)
  • Be part of a community of like-minded mathematicians who will provide you with mentoring and hands-on learning support through your degree.
  • 89.2% of undergraduate Science and Mathematics students were satisfied overall with their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019)
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World top 250 ? for mathematics
ERA 5 ? well above world standard for statistics and applied mathematics research
World top 200 ? for Statistics and Operational Research

What you will study

Mathematical research extends human capabilities by taking our innate skills and intuitions to higher levels. The study of maths enables modern society to make decisions, to operate more efficiently, to invent new technologies and to understand and modify the world around us.

Current research is inventing new ways of using existing mathematics as well as creating new mathematics for the future. As part of your structured mathematics major, you will study courses in topic areas such as:

  • statistics
  • linear algebra
  • differential equations
  • numerical methods
  • number theory
  • complex analysis

Analytical thinking and innovation, critical thinking and analysis, complex problem-solving, technology design and programming and reasoning, problem-solving and ideation are all embedded within this degree, and are skills that have been identified as being in demand and emerging according to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2020.

Mathematics Majors

Focus your studies and choose from one of three mathematics majors, where you will study specialised courses in:

  • Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Studies in Mathematics and Statistics

Studying a mathematics major allows you to enrol in a range of courses, learn advanced mathematical skills and a strong understanding of key principles in your chosen speciality.

Two co-majors (only to be taken as a second major) are also now available, where you can choose to apply your specialised knowledge into new and emerging fields:

  • Climate Science
  • Data Science

Advanced study options

If you want to get an employment edge and open yourself up to higher salaries and positions, you could consider an additional year of study and complete your Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours) degree. Students use the program as a spring board to secure innovative and exciting roles.

Over the year you will be complete a research project focusing on a specific topic or problem, further developing your specific areas of interest as well as your research skills.

The benefits of completing your Honours degree include:

  • you will develop high level analytical and research skills, along with expertise in your research area
  • you will set yourself apart in the highly competitive, global job market
  • we have extensive facilities and generous scholarships are offered to Honours students
  • you will make a significant and original contribution to your chosen field
  • you set the foundation for further postgraduate research such as a Research Higher Degree or Masters by coursework.

The University of Newcastle is a leader in research and is home to the Priority Research Centre in Computer Assisted Mathematics and Applications (CARMA) as well as research groups in algebra, discrete mathematics, functional analysis and mathematical modelling and physical systems. Through your Honours degree you have the opportunity to be involved with research at the forefront of your field.

Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours) program handbook

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

Additional documents

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Career

Career opportunities

Graduates will find that this degree can take them to varied and ground-breaking places. Graduates work in a wide range of fields including communications, international finance and the futures market, the energy sector, and medical and health research.

    Some typical roles include:

    • Data Mining Analyst
    • Economic/Social Statistician
    • Investment Banker/Stockbroker
    • Sports Statistician
    • Meteorologist

    Once you graduate, some additional roles might include:

    • Data Analyst and Scientist
    • Big Data Specialist
    • Mechanical Engineer

    These are all emerging roles which have been identified as being in high demand in Australia according to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2020.


    Careers by major

      Graduates majoring in Pure and Applied Mathematics can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations and fields. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates from this major.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Algorithm Designer
      • Climatologist
      • Cosmologist
      • Cryptographer / Cryptanalyst / Cryptologist / Decipherer
      • Data Mining Analyst
      • Mathematical Modeller
      • Number Theorist
      • Research Manager
      • Research Officer
      • Research Scientist
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Pure and Applied Mathematics.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Actuary
      • Analyst Programmer
      • Astronomer/Astrophysicist
      • Bioinformatician
      • Data Scientist
      • Econometrician
      • Financial Dealer and Broker
      • Mathematics Teacher
      • Nanotechnologist
      • Optical Research Scientist
      • Senior Analyst Programmer
      • Strategy Analyst
      • Technical Analyst

      Graduates majoring in Statistics can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates from this major.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Data Mining Analyst
      • Data Scientist
      • Demographer
      • Economic/Social Statistician
      • Environmental Logistician
      • Financial Dealer and Broker
      • Humanitarian Logistician
      • Market Research Analyst
      • Mathematical Modeller
      • Operations Analyst
      • Portfolio Analyst
      • Property & Research Analyst
      • Research Scientist
      • Risk Analyst
      • Statistician
      • Strategy Analyst
      • Technical Analyst
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Statistics.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Actuary
      • Bioinformatician
      • Biostatistician
      • Business Process Analyst/Operations Research Analyst
      • Econometrician
      • Economic Analyst
      • Economist
      • Epidemiologist
      • Supply Chain Management Officer
      • Supply Chain Manager

      Graduates majoring in Studies in Mathematics and Statistics can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates majoring in Studies in Mathematics and Statistics.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Algorithm Designer
      • Climatologist
      • Data Mining Analyst
      • Data Scientist
      • Environmental Logistician
      • Financial Analyst
      • Financial Dealer and Broker
      • Humanitarian Logistician
      • Market Research Analyst
      • Media Analyst
      • Portfolio Analyst
      • Property & Research Analyst
      • Research Scientist
      • Risk Analyst
      • Statistician
      • Strategy Analyst
      • Technical Analyst
      • University Lecturer/Academic

      Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained majoring in Studies in Mathematics and Statistics.

      Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

      • Actuary
      • Analyst Programmer
      • Biostatistician
      • Business Process Analyst/Operations Research Analyst
      • Climate Change Analysts
      • Demographer
      • Econometrician
      • Economist
      • Epidemiologist
      • Hydrographer
      • Mathematical Modeller
      • Mathematics Teacher
      • Meteorologist
      • Senior Analyst Programmer

      Practical experience

      When you study mathematics at The University of Newcastle, you will complement your theoretical studies with tutorials and laboratories that help you apply what you learn to practical situations. Our two Advanced Collaborative Environment spaces are equipped with computers, cameras, projectors, microphones and SmartBoards to enable you to connect with other groups in real time without delays.

      Work integrated learning opportunities may also become available through cross-institutional collaboration or our industry partnerships.

      Additionally, Bachelor of Mathematics students can enrol in international study which offers you the opportunity to undertake an international placement to expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in this program and apply knowledge and skills in an external and international context.


      Merit Pathway

      High achieving students can also apply for our Merit Pathway program. Here you will participate in activities that enrich your learning and experiences. You will work on active research projects throughout your degree, be mentored by leading researchers and complete relevant seminars and workshops. Students can apply before starting uni or throughout their degree.

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      As someone who recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or another VET provider, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees have additional entry requirements such as auditions or interviews and where required you will find these listed on the relevant degree page.

      Try to choose what you are most interested in and then research some back up options with lower Selection Ranks (SR) to put as your later choices. A good tip is to look at degrees that may have similar first year subjects. This will help you reduce your overall study time if you want to apply to transfer to your degree of choice after the first year. We also recommend choosing one of our free pathway programs as a backup option as your fifth preference on your UAC application. Selection Ranks (SR) requirements for our degrees do change from year to year so only use the Selection Rank (SR) as a guide.

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      Secondary results don’t have a use-by date, so even if you completed high school 20 years ago, these results may be used to apply to the University of Newcastle. You can use your ATAR or equivalent (UAI, TER etc) to apply irrespective of when you completed Year 12.

      It can be complicated to calculate your Selection Rank (SR) based on high school results prior to the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.

      If you don’t think you will meet the Selection Rank (SR) for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

      For advice on these other options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866.

      If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. TAFE and private providers, as well as some universities, typically offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.

      For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. Selection ranks from different individual qualifications are not combined or added together to form a rank. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission. Different selection ranks are assigned to VET courses with graded assessment and competency based (ungraded) assessment. The tables below provide information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.

      TAFE Guaranteed Entry

      Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).


      Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

      Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Diploma Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma
      6.5+ 95 96.95
      6.25-6.49 93 95.25
      6.00-6.24 90 93
      5.75-5.99 88 91
      5.50-5.74 86 89
      5.25-5.49 83 86
      5.00-5.24 81 83
      4.75-4.99 78 80
      4.00-4.74 75 76

      Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

      Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma Rank - AQF Diploma
      76 75


      Complete Graded AQF Certificate III or AQF Certificate IV

      Please note: Certificate III qualifications and below are not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

      Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
      6.5+ 78 90
      6.25-6.49 78 88
      6.00-6.24 77 86
      5.75-5.99 76 84
      5.50-5.74 75 82
      5.25-5.49 73 80
      5.00-5.24 71 78
      4.75-4.99 69 75
      4.00-4.74 67 73


      Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV

      Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
      6773

      Note: Incomplete VET studies must be AQF Diploma level or above and more than 0.2 of a full time student (FTE) to be considered for admission.


      It is probably best to contact our Enquiry Centre on 1300 275 866 to discuss your qualifications and grades. Our team are happy to advise you on your options.

      Your previous qualifications may also make you eligible for credit to your degree. This will cut down on your study time. You can apply for credit before you start. See our credit page for more information.

      If you don’t think you will meet the requirements for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

      If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average (GPA) (or Grade Average as a percentage for pathway programs like Open Foundation or Yapug) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. To ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. The selection rank from this qualification is not added to your ATAR. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission.

      If you have completed a degree and want to move onto postgraduate study please see our Postgraduate website.


      Bachelor degree studies

      Min GPA (>0.5FTE*) Selection Rank
      6.5+ 97.30
      6 93.40
      5 86.30
      4 77.65
      3 67.25

      *Your GPA can only be calculated if you have completed at least 20 units of study. A full-time study (FTE) load is usually 80 units per year.


      Completed pathway (also known as enabling or tertiary preparation) programs

      Overall Grade Average Selection Rank
      >97 99.55
      80 84
      70 77
      60 70
      50 65

      If you are currently studying a degree at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree, please see our Internal Transfers page for current students for more information.

      If you have completed or are soon to complete an Enabling Pathways program (Open Foundation or Yapug) you can apply with us directly for free for most degrees. Please visit the Your Next Move website for more information.

      If you want to transfer or complete a tertiary preparation program at another university you will need to apply through UAC. Please contact our Enquiry Centre 1300 275 866 for information and advice.

      If you think you may be eligible for credit please visit our credit section.

      If you’re applying on the basis of overseas secondary qualifications, there are some that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, your overseas qualification will be converted to a selection rank so you can be compared to other applicants.

      For advice on your options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visit AskUON.

      If you haven’t completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Our recommended pathways are:

      Pathway programs (Open Foundation and Yapug)

      The University of Newcastle is the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. If you haven’t studied for a while, or your high school results weren’t what you expected, you can start at university with one of our pathway programs. Our pathway programs offer guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. When you complete this program your Grade Point Average as a percentage can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. The programs on offer are:

      • Open Foundation
        Completing our Open Foundation pathway program will award you a new rank to apply to uni.  Finish Open Foundation in just a single semester or take your time - up to 2 years. Flexible study supports you to learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.
      • Yapug
        If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could complete our one year Yapug pathway program.
      • Diploma in Engineering
        Complete this program full-time (in one year) or part-time (up to 4 years) to get entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.
      • Undergraduate Certificates
        Complete this program full-time  (in a single semester) or part-time (two semesters) you can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.

      .

      Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

      The Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), that assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. If you are over 18 and not a current Year 12 student, results from the STAT multiple-choice test can be used for entry into some (but not all) of the degrees offered at the University of Newcastle. Make sure you look into which degrees accept STAT for entry.

      If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.


      If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

      Non-Award Admission

      If you want to do one or two subjects at the University of Newcastle but not a full degree you can apply for non-award admission. You may want to do this for preliminary work for a higher degree, professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

      Find out more and apply by visiting Non-Award Admission.


      Cross-Institutional Study

      If you are currently at another university and want to do one or more subjects at the University of Newcastle for credit you can apply for Cross-Institutional Study.

      Find out more and apply by visiting Cross-Institutional Study.

      If you have more than one of the qualifications listed above they may all count towards your application. We are always happy to provide advice and discuss your circumstances so please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or by submitting a question using AskUON. Otherwise check out our application FAQ.

      Senior secondary school qualification

      Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools. To check if your qualification is recognised for direct entry into the University of Newcastle, please refer to the entry requirement tables below.

      International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Asia

      International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Rest of World

      International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - South Asia

      International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Europe

      Post-secondary study

      Further education like diplomas and university study can also be assessed for admission.

      Additional requirements

      Some of our programs have additional requirements like an audition, or portfolio.

      Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.

      The Australian Government operates a student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa programme must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

      An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently. All Australian education providers must have strategies and arrangements in place to ensure that all students and prospective students meet the requirements with Direction 69 as a condition of admission to the institution.

      When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess this against university entrance requirements including: minimum age, English and academic entry requirements. To comply with Australian law your application will also be assessed to check that you are genuinely seeking temporary entry to Australia to study. You may be asked to provide the University of Newcastle with evidence addressing Ministerial Direction 69 as part of finalising your admission. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your confirmation of enrolment.

      The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia will also assess each application for a student visa (subclass 500) against the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily in Australia as a genuine student. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in Ministerial Direction 69. Applicants that don’t satisfy the criteria under Direction 69 will not be granted a student visa.

      For more information, please refer to the following areas of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

      Other things to consider

      Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

      Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible. 

      Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.

      Answer a few questions now to find out what mathematics you should enrol in.

      All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

      HSC Mathematics Advanced or equivalent

      HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent

      You can look at NUPrep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

      You should also think about degree add-ons like combined options or a Diploma in Languages. If you would like to learn an additional language alongside your main bachelor degree, then this program is for you. Languages offered include: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.

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