School of Mathematics and Statistics
Information For Future Students

First Year Units: Which ones should I take?

Mathematics units are available for students in the Faculties of Arts, Economics, Education, Engineering and Science. Most Science students, and all Engineering students, enrol in four mathematics units in first year.

The level at which you study depends on your background and the degree in which you are enrolled. The table below is a guide only: more detailed information is available in the Junior Mathematics Handbook, and you should discuss your choice with a mathematics adviser at enrolment.

Your background Semester 1 Semester 2
HSC Mathematics MATH1011 and MATH1015 MATH1013 and MATH1014
HSC Mathematics Extn 1 MATH1001 and MATH1002 MATH1003 and either MATH1005 or MATH1004
HSC Mathematics Extn 2, UAI of 90+, and a genuine interest in Mathematics MATH1901 and MATH1902 MATH1903 and MATH1905
No mathematics at HSC Discuss options with an adviser at enrolment

If you are considering the Advanced units (MATH1901, 1902, 1903, 1905) please try the online self-assessment test.

If you have done only General Mathematics, or mathematics to Year 10 only, you should discuss your options with an adviser at enrolment.

If you wish to enrol in a unit for which you do not have the necessary background (as indicated in the above table), it is advisable to do a Bridging Course.

Welcome to Mathematics and Statistics!

Neville Weber Mathematics has been part of the fabric of the University since its foundation more than 150 years ago. Professor Pell gave the first lecture in mathematics on 13 October 1852, two days after the University's inauguration, to all 24 students of the University. By the 1960's there were professorships in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, and in 1991 the School of Mathematics and Statistics was formed by the amalgamation of the three former departments.

Mathematics is an international enterprise and the members of the School are prominent in international research. This research covers a broad range of subjects from pure mathematical topics such as algebra, algorithms and number theory, through subjects such as partial differential equations, to topics in applied mathematics and statistics including applications to biological science, bioinformatics and finance.

High quality research leads to enthusiasm and excitement in teaching. Our Special Studies Programs and our support for Talented Student projects allow students to see aspects of recent research. At the same time our entry level courses provide for students arriving from high school with a wide variety of backgrounds. Whichever course you choose you will receive the best possible grounding for a diversity of careers where strong problem solving skills, clear thinking and logical analysis are required. And this surely includes all of science and technology, information and computer science, large parts of economics and much more.

Welcome to the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney!

Neville Weber
Head of School

Studying Mathematics or Statistics at Sydney

Prospective undergraduate students may be interested in the following links:

Prospective honours students can find information about the programs on offer on the Honours in the School of Mathematics and Statistics page. The information below for postgraduate students will also be of interest.

Prospective postgraduate students may be interested in the scholarship information below and on our postgraduate scholarships page. See also the School's Postgraduate Study page for general information about our postgraduate program.

If you need further information, do not hesitate to contact us.

See the University's scholarships page for information about scholarships in all areas (not just mathematics and statistics).

How to Apply

Information on application procedures can be obtained from the University's "Future Students" pages:

Postgraduate Scholarships for International Students

International students who wish to enter our PhD or MSc programs may apply for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). These scholarships are funded by the Australian government, and cover tuition fees for three years for a PhD degree, or two years for an MSc. The University of Sydney awards an International Postgraduate Award (IPA) to IPRS holders; this provides a living allowance to the value of approximately $17,600 per annum.

There is also an International Mathematics & Statistics Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IMSPRS) funded by the School of Mathematics and Statistics, providing similar benefits to the IPRS plus IPA. No separate application for the IMSPRS is necessary – all applicants for the IPRS in the area of Mathematics & Statistics will automatically be considered for an IMSPRS.

For more information, see the University's EIPRS web page and international scholarships page.

Top up awards and extra funding for postgraduates

The School of Mathematics and Statistics may offer "top up" awards to holders of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) or University Postgraduate Awards (UPA). These awards are valued at $5,000 per annum, for up to three years. The number of awards is subject to available funding. The basis of the award will be academic merit.

Successful scholarship holders will be automatically considered for these awards – there is no need to apply.

Note that postgraduate students within the School of Mathematics and Statistics are also able to obtain additional funding by undertaking tutoring and marking in the School.

For questions or comments please contact webmaster@maths.usyd.edu.au