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Start Date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

4BH005 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): N/A
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Assumed Knowledge

Key features

  • Prepare for advanced study and research in applied mathematics, statistics and optimisation.
  • Conduct a major industrial, scientific or commercial project in applied mathematics.
  • Cover topics such as simulation theory, algebra, differential equations and stochastic calculus.
  • Enhance your problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Access the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub.
  • UniSA’s research in the field of Mathematical Sciences, including applied and pure mathematics, is ranked well above world-class by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



Take your undergraduate achievements to the next level with an honours degree in Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

This degree is ideal if you are preparing yourself for postgraduate research, or if you are planning to work in environmental modelling, defence research, or statistical analysis and optimisation. This one-year degree is for students who have completed a bachelor degree in mathematics or an equivalent qualification with a high level of academic achievement in their undergraduate studies.

Why Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) (Industrial and Applied Mathematics)

Why this Degree

Our world-class facilities at Mawson Lakes campus offer an inspiring learning environment such as the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub. You will study advanced courses in applied mathematics. You will also complete a major industrial, scientific or commercial project. Topics covered your courses may include:

  • simulation theory and application
  • advanced complex analysis
  • nonlinear programming
  • discrete optimisation
  • applied functional analysis
  • numerical linear algebra
  • an introduction to partial differential equations
  • computational biology
  • stochastic calculus
  • advanced operations research
  • optimal control

Real-world connections

Our School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences runs three research centres and one institute. We also participate in two cooperative research centres (CRCs) specialising in computing, information science and applied mathematics. In addition to research, our centres also provide consulting services to organisations, thus ensuring our strong links with community and industry. Find out more about our research strengths.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Your career

With an honours degree in applied science you will be ideally qualified to proceed to postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. You could consider continuing with a PhD to further your knowledge and research skills. As a graduate, you could also consider a career in:

  • environmental modelling
  • defence research
  • statistical analysis and optimisation

Industry facts


Employment for actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians in Australia is projected to increase by 9.5 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential to 75 per cent of Australia’s fastest growing employment areas1.

1AMSI: Australia Must Embrace Mathematics For Innovation


The direct impact of advanced physical and mathematical research is estimated at $145 billion or 11.2 per cent of the Australian economy annually1.

1AMSI, Discipline Profile of Mathematical Sciences 2016

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will undertake advanced study and research in applied mathematics, statistics and optimisation. You will also do a research or study project in one of the following areas: applied mathematics, pure mathematics, statistics or optimisation. This work will be supervised by a mathematician or statistician.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • project reporting
  • presentations
  • assignments and examinations
  • planning and research

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


UniSA’s research in the field of Mathematical Sciences, including applied and pure mathematics, is ranked well above world-class by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). We are home to several research centres that provide a dynamic teaching and learning base for students:

These centres maintain ongoing relationships and collaborate with industry, other universities and various professional associations around the world.

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Honours Topics in Mathematics and Statistics MATH 4047 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Research Methods INFT 4017 4.5
Honours Mathematics and Statistics Project 1 MATH 4045 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Elective 2 Note(s): 1,2,3
Honours Mathematics and Statistics Project 2 MATH 4046 9

For my PhD I studied ground holding optimisation and air schedule recovery. My teaching interests are in calculus and linear algebra and their application to engineering modelling. I have supervised many postgraduate student projects, mostly in the area of combinatorial optimisation.

Dr Jorge Aarao

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Jorge Aarao

Dr Jorge Aarao

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study spaces

You will have access to our multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the Mawson Lakes campus. The $50 million facility supports our world-class research in minerals and materials science. It’s a place that blends teaching and research environments, making you part of a vibrant learning community.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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