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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Science (MSc)

Extend your knowledge in your chosen field of mathematics, physics or statistics and capitalise on the growing demand for high-level scientific expertise.

The Master of Science (24 units) is designed for graduates who have majored in their chosen field of mathematics, physics or statistics and wish to extend their knowledge. This program also provides a pathway to PhD study.

For your 1.5 years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) studies, you'll select from over 40 courses, depending on your field of study, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals.

You'll be able to apply your gained knowledge on a range of collaborations, including research projects externally and within our research centres, commercialisation ventures, and industry placements and internships.

You'll also have the opportunity to carry out research projects with staff in various research centres such as the ARC Centres for Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies, Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers, and Plant Success.

Many of our Mathematics graduates study higher degrees and go on to research positions at universities and other major research institutions. Our Physics graduates gain advanced skills that are widely applicable and highly valued by a diverse range of employers. Equally, our Statistics graduates are in high demand in business, industry, research and government.

Program highlights

  • Study at UQ's Faculty of Science, internationally renowned for excellence and impact in teaching and research.
  • Benefit from UQ's long-standing links with industry and government partners.
  • Apply your gained knowledge through a range of collaborations, including research projects externally and within our research centres, commercialisation ventures, and industry placements or internships.

Fields of study
Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • University academic
  • University researcher
  • Industry researcher
  • Scientific researcher
  • Finance analyst
  • Investment banking analyst
  • Market risk analyst
  • Asset and liability manager
  • Banking analyst
  • Quality controller

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, statistics or physics.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.