What will I learn?

Maths and computer science is a powerful combination. In an increasingly technological age, pairings like these are only becoming more valuable for a wide variety of careers.

Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences is a flexible degree. A program adviser will work with you to develop a study program tailored to your interests and career goals. You will:

learn from world-class researchers and teachers in state-of-the-art facilities
build fundamental statistical and mathematical knowledge
explore complex computer systems and theories
hone your creativity, rigour, logical thinking, professionalism and research skills
pursue diverse electives—from business classes to social science programs.

Majors are available in:

Applied mathematics
Computer science
Pure mathematics

Where could it take you?

You could decode messages and breach security systems as a cryptanalyst. You might apply linear algebra in the design of virtual reality software. Perhaps you’ll develop theorems as an academic or land a job at a major firm in Silicon Valley.

Career Readiness

Graduates are highly regarded by employers and have been successful in a wide variety of industries.

Recent graduates have been employed by organisations such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), United Water, Santos, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Additionally, graduates find work in consulting engineering firms, the pharmaceutical industry, the telecommunications industry, biomedical research industries and institutes, banks and insurance companies, state and federal government agencies, and research and academic organisations all over the world.

Potential careers

Actuary, Banker, Business Data Analyst, Commodities or Futures Trader, Computational Engineer, Data Analyst, Economic Researcher, Financial Analyst, Internet Commerce Worker, Meteorologist, Statistician, Telecommunications Analyst, Information and Communications Technologist, Computer Scientist, Computer Programmer, Database Coordinator, Systems Analyst

Degree Structure

Students take courses to the value of 72 units, of which at least 36 units must be mathematical and/or computer sciences courses. The mathematical/computer sciences courses must include Mathematics IA and IB and Level III courses to the value of 12 units. The remaining courses can be taken from computer science, mathematics or statistics and/or from selected courses available in a wide range of other disciplines across the University.

High achieving students may undertake an additional year of study leading to an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. An honours qualification is highly valued by employers and is a suitable preparation for students who wish to proceed to postgraduate studies. The honours year includes a major project.

Areas of Specialisation

Applied Mathematics: Learn about mathematical theories and work on projects that apply mathematics to solve real-world problems.
Computer Science: This major covers computer-based solutions to information management and processing issues affecting all industries and commerce, and across the science, entertainment and public sectors.
Pure Mathematics: Study mathematics in its purest form. Delve into the abstract theories built by logical deduction that underpin modern science and technology.
Statistics: The Statistics major focusses on the creation, collection, modelling and analysis of data to draw conclusions, inform decision-making, solve problems and direct business development.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$39,000.00 (US$ 26,430) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2019

More details

Start date

2 March 2020


The University of Adelaide

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification. United Entrance Certificate (UEC) 5. IELTS: Overall 6.5; Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 6; TOEFL Internet-based: Overall 79, Reading and Listening: 13, Speaking 18, Writing 21; Pearson – Overall 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50 and Cambridge - Overall 176, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing – 169.

For international students

Students are required to complete Secondary School Qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12.

Prerequisites: Mathematics

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS: Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6 in all bands; TOEFL Paper-based: total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE) or Internet-based: total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 and Skills profile of no less than 50 in all skills; and Cambridge English-Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176 and Individual score of 169 in all skills.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • The University of Adelaide College

About this uni

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 on The Economist’s list of world’s most liveable cities