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Science and Maths

Interested in Science and Maths?

Our mathematics and science degrees have been designed in collaboration with industry. You will learn skills that are practical and relevant to today’s working environment.

Science is concerned with the study of the nature and behaviour of the physical universe and impacts all of society through the solutions and technologies developed. Our science studies have a practical emphasis, with a focus on laboratory and fieldwork. Pick your major from areas including applied physics, biology, chemistry, environmental systems, or mathematics and statistics.

Mathematics can open doors to a wide range of careers with employers looking to solve problems and quantify and understand data. The analytical and problem-solving skills you will develop when studying maths are highly valued by prospective employers as new and improved solutions are sought to contemporary social and economic challenges. As part of your degree you will also have an opportunity to undertake an industry-based project or participate in our Maths Clinic. 

If you’re interested in becoming a secondary school teacher, you can apply up-front to study one of our mathematics or science degrees plus a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Our postgraduate Data Science degree recognises the growing specialisation and opportunities in big data. 

Key features

  • Gain a qualification from a university ranked in the top two per cent of institutions world-wide on the Times Higher Education World Ranking1.
  • Research rated at well above world class in the area of applied mathematics2.
  • Select from a broad range of majors based on your interests and career goals, such as biology, computer science and environmental systems.
  • Gain international experience through a study exchange.
  • Apply for a bachelor degree plus a Master of Teaching (Secondary) to become a secondary school teacher.
  • Learn in the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub based at Mawson Lakes campus.

1 2016 QS World University Rankings and 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

Our School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences runs several 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, ensuring our strong links with community and industry.

UniSA’s research in the field of Mathematical Sciences, including applied and pure mathematics, is ranked well above world-class by 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

UniSA offers 10 Science and Maths degrees

Choose your level of study

Your career

The skills and knowledge you develop will apply to careers in a broad range of areas, such as:

  • analyst positions – data, fraud, investment reporting, marketing, transport, planning
  • environmental modelling and education
  • statistics 
  • private or government laboratories
  • data mining and analysis
  • manufacturing
  • mining and energy
  • information technology
  • defence
  • meteorology
  • teaching (with further study)
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university; our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

UniSA also has extensive research strengths and partnerships that provide a strong foundation for all our degree programs:

  • The Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC) is at the forefront of research and innovation in computer science, software engineering and information systems. The ACRC combines academic rigour and research experience with a highly collaborative approach to provide new and cost-effective computing solutions 
  • The Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (CIAM) brings together researchers in pure and applied mathematics to discover, understand and interpret natural phenomena and apply mathematics to important industrial and social problems
  • The Institute for Telecommunications Research is an internationally recognised research organisation, specialising in research, education, and technology development for wireless communications with fixed, mobile, satellite and terrestrial applications
  • The Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre (PBRC) works to advance biological science through the development and application of mathematical, statistical and computational techniques. PBRC research has applications to important global problems, such as improving the resilience of food crops to environmental stresses

Industry facts

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Employment for agricultural, medical and science technicians in Australia is projected to increase by 17.3 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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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

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Mathematical Sciences student, Elizabeth Bradford, shares her experience of studying at the University of South Australia.

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What others are saying

I decided to study at UniSA because of the broad choice of science subjects on offer and practical side of the degree. Plus as a student I’m been involved in the UniSA Sport tennis club, competing in the Australian Uni Games. I enjoyed studying so much that now I'm completing a research degree with UniSA.

Douglas Howard

Bachelor of Science

Douglas Howard

Douglas Howard

Bachelor of Science

I am currently employed as a Mine/Exploration Geologist at Newmarket Gold in the Northern Territory… Having a degree not only helped me get a role as a geologist but it also introduced me to the first company who employed me.

Inna Ujvari

Bachelor of Science

Inna Ujvari

Inna Ujvari

Bachelor of Science

I’ve completed a summer vocation scholarship in the maths department, and from there gained a role working as a mentor for the UniSA College. These are enjoyable activities to be involved in, and help boost my resume and experience!

Sarah Mundi

Bachelor of Science

Sarah Mundi

Sarah Mundi

Bachelor of Science

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017