Start date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 36,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 38,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2025

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Prepare for a career in research or industry with a highly-regarded honours program.
  • Advance your research skills and specialist knowledge in pure and applied mathematics, and statistics.
  • Study at a university with well above world-class research in Mathematical Sciences, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics1.
  • Gain practical experience through a major industrial, scientific or commercial project in applied mathematics.
  • Benefit from our links with internationally renowned research groups, including the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments and Industrial AI Research Centre.
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge in your area of specialisation.
  • Use this honours degree as a pathway to a Master by Research or doctoral studies.

2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



This honours degree has been designed for students who have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as a Bachelor of Mathematics or a Bachelor of Science with a substantial mathematics focus.

Through an intensive, one-year research and coursework program, you will develop your ability to solve complex problems through mathematics, advancing your knowledge and skills in pure and applied mathematics, and statistics.

You will explore topics such as simulation theory, differential equations, numerical methods, optimisation, and other specialist topics, preparing you for a career in industry or research, or for further studies, such as a PhD.

Upon graduation, you can expect to work in areas such as environmental modelling, engineering and resources, security and defence, finance, public health modelling, transport and logistics, biostatistics, or statistical analysis.

On-campus teaching for this program is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Only 20 minutes from the city centre with easy parking. The Mawson Lakes campus is also accessible by bus and train with the Mawson Lakes train station only a short walk.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

During your degree you will complete a year-long project in a major industrial, scientific or commercial project in applied mathematics, guided by an academic supervisor.

You will develop skills in literature search and review, methodologies, experimental design, data analysis and research ethics. You will have an opportunity to undertake a research problem or advanced study in mathematics through your thesis units.

Broaden and specialise your skills further by tailoring your honours level electives to an area of interest as approved by the Program Director.

You might have the opportunity to explore:

  • Simulation Theory and Application,
  • Advanced Complex Analysis,
  • Nonlinear Programming,
  • Discrete Optimisation,
  • Applied Functional analysis,
  • Advanced Topics in Applied Statistics,
  • Numerical Linear Algebra,
  • Introduction to Partial Differential Equations,
  • Computational Biology,
  • Stochastic Calculus,
  • Advanced Operations Research,
  • Optimal Control,
  • Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics,
  • Advanced Topics in Optimisation,
  • Fluid mechanics

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methods INFT 4017 4.5
Honours Minor Thesis Preparation NASC 4019 4.5
Honours Minor Thesis 1 NASC 4017 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Honours Minor Thesis 2 NASC 4018 9 Note(s): 4

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, as well as to 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 practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports and project documentation
  • research projects, group projects
  • essays and assignments
  • presentations
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) (Mathematics)

Why this Degree

Join a university that is ranked well above world standard for research in mathematical sciences1.

This program will prepare you for a career in research, with UniSA being home to several research centres that incorporate mathematical problem solving and methods into various projects. Benefit from our links with internationally renowned research groups, including the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments and Industrial AI Research Centre.

Researchers in UniSA’s mathematics disciplines have links to world-renowned researchers and organisations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students. Many of our researchers are working on mathematical problems inspired by research in other disciplines such as mining, physical chemistry, mathematical biology, transport, and logistics.

You will complete a major industrial, scientific or commercial research project in applied mathematics as part of the one-year program, working with one of our researchers in mathematics.

You’ll have an opportunity to complete a variety of mathematical topics broadening your skillset and preparing you to take your research career further. Upon graduation, you may be eligible to pursue:

Continue your student journey and learn in an inspiring environment where you’re surrounded by nature whilst accessing world-class facilities through collaboration with researchers in various Industry 4.0 labs.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

You will learn from experts in mathematical research and benefit from our relationships with industry.

We also host regular University-wide career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

This honours degree will qualify you to proceed to postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. You may also be eligible to pursue a PhD.

Because of the broad applications of this research degree, your skills and knowledge will apply to careers in a range of industries, such as:

  • public health modelling
  • environmental management
  • security and defence
  • biostatistics
  • information technology
  • statistical analysis
  • medical and pharmaceutical industries
  • private or government laboratories
  • manufacturing
  • finance
  • transport and logistics
  • engineering and resources

Industry facts


There is strong predicted future growth for Mathematicians and Statisticians

(Labour Market Insights 2022)


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential to Australia's top five growth industries

(National Centre for Vocational Education Research)

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

As well as doing research in mathematics, I am also interested in improving the way mathematics is communicated to students and the public in general. My research interests include partial differential equations, analysis, and probability.

Dr Kevin White

Program Director

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Dr Kevin White

Program Director


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