The School of Mathematical Sciences has a long history of achievement in research and postgraduate education, and a reputation for providing a stimulating and supportive environment.
Facilities and resources available include conference travel, opportunities to participate in the teaching program and access to excellent computing facilities. Over many years the University of Adelaide has ranked in the top two or three Australian universities for PhD completions in mathematics and statistics, and our graduates are highly sought after.
The Adelaide University Graduate Centre is responsible for the management and administration of research education at the University of Adelaide.
The Postgraduate Coordinator Research is Associate Professor Benjamin Binder.
The Master of Mathematical Sciences allows students with a background in a related field to expand their knowledge in the mathematical sciences to an advanced level. Students may specialise by choosing courses in the disciplines of applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and statistics. The program has a full-time duration of two years and consists of 33 units of coursework and a 15-unit research project. Besides a substantial thesis, the project includes a seminar presentation and a series of workshops on research methodology. The program provides a pathway into a PhD program in the mathematical sciences. Upon entry, each student meets with an advisor to prepare a personalised study plan tailored to the student’s background and interests.
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Postgraduate coursework degrees are skill and practical based, and are based primarily around lectures and tutorials. A Bachelor's degree is normally the prerequisite for entry.
- Why do a Higher Degree by Research?
Master of Philosophy and Doctorate of Philosophy are research degrees, in which the candidate produces an original thesis that contributes to a specific field, with a greater contribution expected from doctorate students. Candidates undertaking a Master or Doctorate of Philosophy in mathematics resolve problems suggested by either theoretical mathematics or real-world situations. These discoveries may be applied in many different contexts, including the areas of biostatistics, seismic wave propagation, network tomography, traffic matrix modelling and string theory.
Students may find careers in government, industry, or in university or teaching sectors, where they are valued for their self-motivation, passion, perseverance, innovation and organisation, as well as their research, analysis, and problem-solving abilities.
- Masters and Doctor of Philosophy
The following links describe the postgraduate research degrees available in the School of Mathematical Sciences. Note that the Master of Philosophy is restricted to domestic applicants only. Information on tuition fees may also be found here.
Degree Options Doctor of Philosophy View Master of Philosophy View
- Entry Requirements / How to Apply / Scholarships
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If you are interested in becoming part of this rich research environment, find out more about research in the School of Mathematical Sciences.
Refer to the website for a quick guide to applying for admission.
- Honours vs Master of Philosophy, Doctorate of Philosophy
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree is a two year degree. It is either a purely research degree or a mixed degree comprising some coursework and research and the first year, and only research in the second year. Students who have completed their third and final year of their undergraduate degree and wish to undertake further study have two options.
- The student may complete honours and then may choose to do a research only MPhil or Doctorate of Philosophy.
- The student may go straight into a mixed MPhil. The prerequisite for this is an average distinction standard in the third year. After this, the student may wish to under take a Doctorate of Philosophy.
- Recent Doctor of Philosophy Graduates
The following lists some recently completed doctorate students and their thesis titles.Mr Mansoor Alshehri
Modelling interaction of DNA with carbon nanostructures
Supervised by Dr Barry Cox / Prof. Jim Hill
Modelling power market and pricing electricity derivatives in a regime switching framework.
Supervised by Prof. Robert Elliott
- Recent Master of Philosophy Graduates
The following lists some recently completed Master of Philosophy students and their thesis titles.William Crawford
Oka theory of Riemann surfaces
Supervised by A/Prof Finnur Larsen / A/Prof Nicholas Buchdahl
Coupled fire-atmosphere simulations of three Australian fires where unusual fire behaviour occurred.
Supervised by Dr Graham Mills / Dr Lachlan McCaw / Dr Trent Mattner / Prof. Robert Elliott
Mr Adam (Ben) Rohrlach
Data driven model selection and parameter estimation using semi-automatic approximate Bayesian computation to reconstruct population dynamics from ancient DNA
Supervised by Prof. Nigel Bean / Dr Jono Tuke / Dr Barbara Holland
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