Diploma in Mathematical Sciences

The Diploma in Mathematical Sciences is available in combination with most undergraduate degrees. Within the Diploma, students will complete the requirements of the mathematics and statistics major from the Bachelor of Science.

Rules:

  • Students undertaking a Diploma must complete 100 points of Mathematics and Statistics subjects in the Diploma. Up to 50 points of this may be credited to both the Bachelor degree and the Diploma. In addition to the 100 points of Mathematics and Statistics in the Diploma of Mathematical Sciences, many students will be required to do one or two additional subjects in their Bachelor degree.
  • The major in the Bachelor degree must be in any area except Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematical Physics or Data Science. Within the Diploma the students must complete the requirements of a major in Mathematics and Statistics.

Applying for Entry

  • Students may apply for entry at any time from the start of their degree to the commencement of their final semester. Students must apply before commencing the first mathematics and statistics subject that counts towards the Diploma but not towards Bachelor degree. The Diploma is subject to a competitive selection process based on any relevant previous studies in mathematics and statistics.
  • It is recommended that students complete their first year of study including two subjects from those on which the Diploma is built before applying. If it is not possible to do two first year subjects in the mathematics and statistics major in first year you will need to apply for entry at the commencement of first year.
  • Apply online via the Student Portal (under the admin tab).
  • The application requires you to map out a course plan for your Bachelor degree and your Diploma; nominating which subjects count towards your Diploma, which count towards your Bachelor degree and which count towards both the Diploma and the Bachelor degree (cross credit).
  • Under some degree programs and some areas of major studies it is not possible to do two first year subjects in the mathematics and statistics major in first year. Students in this situation will need to apply for entry at the commencement of first year. In this case, students must have completed VCE Mathematical Methods 3/4 or equivalent. Entry will be competitive, based on achievement in VCE Mathematical Methods 3/4 (or equivalent) and, if taken, VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4 or equivalent.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental principles of at least one area in mathematics or statistics and its applications;
  • think critically and argue logically to solve mathematical or statistical problems;
  • provide mathematical or statistical advice to, and work collaboratively with, people in other disciplines such as science, industry, technology and commerce;
  • engage in mathematical discourse with the wider community.

Course Structure

The Diploma in Mathematical Sciences involves a total of 100 points of specified study in Mathematics and Statistics. Up to 50 points of this may be cross credited to both the Bachelor degree and the Diploma. Students may need to do 12.5 or 25 points of additional Mathematics and Statistics study in their Bachelor degree that does not count towards the Diploma. For detailed sample course pathways, please choose from the following options: