Mathematics is humanity's most powerful tool for comprehending the universe and is essential for many fields of modern endeavour such as science, technology, engineering and finance.


Mathematics is humanity’s most powerful tool for comprehending the universe and is essential for many fields of modern endeavour. It is the language of science, technology, engineering and finance and underlies the data analysis, forecasting, modelling, decision-making and problem-solving principles on which modern society heavily depends. It also underlies data analysis, forecasting, modelling, decision-making and problem-solving principles.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Mathematics and Statistics major is a broadly-based major that equips students with the mathematical tools and techniques of at least two of the three major disciplines of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.

Applied Mathematics uses the theory and techniques of mathematics and statistics to understand and deal with the real world. ‘World’ can refer to the physical world (e.g. weather forecasting) or it can relate to human-created activities (e.g. financial mathematics).

Mathematical Statistics is concerned with the application of statistical methods. These applications can be in a huge variety of areas, such as medicine, business, finance, science and industry.

Pure Mathematics proves theorems in a wide range of topics usually motivated and illustrated by problems in physics, engineering and computer science. Topics can be roughly categorised as ‘algebra’ (discrete problems such as constructing or breaking codes) or ‘analysis’ (problems with a continuous flavour, for example studying properties or mechanical systems).

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Student profile – Melissa Lee

Studying Mathematics and Statistics has allowed me to discover the beautiful symmetry in everyday life that we otherwise take for granted.

I have been exposed to the strong interdependence of a large variety of mathematical disciplines; as well as getting involved in several research projects during my time at UWA, and it has been exciting to be able to work with some of the best mathematical minds in the country on a subject that we're all passionate about.

I have also been actively involved in the UWA Mathematics Union. Being able to build a community of like-minded students and promoting relationships between the School of Maths and Stats and students has been extremely rewarding.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Demand for mathematics graduates is growing and outstripping supply. With this major, employment opportunities can be found in a wide range of areas including finance (banks, insurance companies and investment analysis), government organisations (CSIRO, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Defence Science Technology Organisation, Bureau of Meteorology), public service (state and federal), teaching (primary, secondary and tertiary levels) and other industries such as computing, engineering, research and statistical consulting firms.

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Further study opportunities

Students may apply for entry to honours after completion of the requirements of this major.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Specialist ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Mathematics or in SL Further Mathematics

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Specialist ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Mathematics and Statistics: the details

Available 2016
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics Student Office
Ground floor of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (facing James Oval)
(+61 8) 6488 3061
Additional information