The University of Newcastle, Australia

Study a mathematics degree at UON

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 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 degree programs available in Australia.
  • Learn mathematics from award-winning teachers, including Professor George Willis, winner of the 2016 Gavin Brown Prize of the Australian Mathematical Society.
  • Top 250 in the world: Applied mathematics at UON is ranked in the top 250 in the world while we are also ranked above world standard for applied mathematics and pure mathematics.

Faculty of Science High Achievers Scholarship

World top 250 ? for applied mathematics
ERA 5 ? well above world standard for statistics 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
  • topology
  • complex analysis

Mathematics Majors

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

  • Pure Mathematics
  • 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.

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.

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Career opportunities

Mathematics and statistics graduates go everywhere and do everything. They find work in:

  • industry
  • international finance
  • medicine
  • merchant banking
  • public sector.

Mathematical skills are valuable wherever real world problems must be solved, including the areas of manufacturing and scheduling. The private sector needs statisticians in areas such as:

  • management and technical roles
  • finance
  • bioinformatics
  • biotechnology
  • health research
  • marketing
  • insurance
  • engineering

In addition, government agencies and research institutions employ statisticians to design, collect, analyse and interpret data.


Careers by major

    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

    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 Pure 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 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

    The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Mathematics majoring in Applied Mathematics. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

    • Algorithm Designer
    • Analyst Programmer
    • Climate Change Analysts
    • Computer Scientist
    • Cosmologist
    • Data Mining Analyst
    • Data Scientist
    • Economic/Social Statistician
    • Financial Analyst
    • Investment Banker
    • Logistics Manager
    • Logistics Officer
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Mathematical Modeller
    • Meteorologist
    • Nuclear Physicist
    • Operations Analyst
    • Portfolio Analyst
    • Portfolio Manager
    • Property & Research Analyst
    • Research Manager
    • Research Officer
    • Research Scientist
    • Risk Analyst
    • Scientific Writer
    • Stockbroker
    • Strategy Analyst
    • Supply Chain Management Officer
    • Supply Chain Manager
    • 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 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.

    • Accountant
    • Actuary
    • Bank Officer/Customer Service Officer
    • Bioinformatician
    • Biometrician
    • Biostatistician
    • Business Process Analyst/Operations Research Analyst
    • Computational Linguist
    • Computer Games Developer
    • Demographer
    • Econometrician
    • Economist
    • Epidemiologist
    • Financial Dealer and Broker
    • Game Programmer
    • Geophysicist
    • Mathematics Teacher
    • Nanotechnologist
    • Optical Research Scientist
    • Planning Officer
    • Senior Analyst Programmer
    • Software Programmer
    • Systems Analyst
    • Transport Operations Manager
    • Transport Planner
    • Web Administrator/Webmaster

    Practical experience

    Practical experience

    When you study maths at UON, 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.

    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.