Diploma in Mathematical Sciences

Study mathematics and statistics alongside another major with the concurrent diploma.

Develop your mathematical skills by studying the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences alongside your undergraduate degree at Melbourne.

The Diploma in Mathematical Sciences is a great way to use and develop your mathematical skills and complement your undergraduate studies. The high-level numerical and modelling skills you will gain can be applied across almost every area of employment and are always in demand.

This diploma is studied concurrently on a part-time basis with a bachelors degree. Within the Diploma, students will complete the requirements of the Mathematics and Statistics major from the Bachelor of Science. The Diploma consists of 1 year EFTSL of study completed concurrently with an undergraduate degree usually over 3-4 years. Domestic students may be eligible to receive the final half of the diploma HECS-free.

Please see here for information about how to apply for the Diploma, or refer to the Handbook for more information including entry requirements.

Sample course plans

Below are some sample course plans for the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences alongside various Bachelor degree and majors. These may be helpful for students preparing a course plan as part of their application for the Diploma.

Students who need help preparing a course plan are encouraged to seek individual course advice from the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

This is a typical course plan for a student undertaking the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences alongside a Bachelor of Science, and taking the Calculus 1 first-year mathematics pathway.

  Subjects counting towards the Diploma of Mathematical Sciences only
  Subjects counting towards Bachelor degree only
  Subjects cross credited so that they count towards both the Bachelor degree and the Diploma of Mathematical Sciences
Semester 1
Level 1 
MAST10005 Calculus 1
Level 1
Science
Level 1
Science
Breadth
Semester 2
Level 1 
MAST10006 Calculus 2
Level 1
Science
Level 1
Science
Breadth
Summer
Level 1
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
   
Semester 3
Level 2
Maths/Stats Major
Level 2
Science Major
Level 2
Science Major
Breadth
Semester 4
Level 2
Maths/Stats Major
Level 2
Maths/Stats Major
Level 2
Science Major
Science Elective or Breadth 
** (See note)
Semester 5
Level 3 
Maths/Stats Major
Level 3 
Maths/Stats Major
Level 3
Science Major
Level 3
Science Major
Semester 6
Level 3 
Maths/Stats Major
Level 3 
Maths/Stats Major
Level 3
Science Major
Level 3
Science Major
Semester 7
Level 3 
Science Elective
Breadth or Science Elective
Breadth
 

Note: ** Students intending to take the Applied Mathematics specialisation who do not already have evidence of competence in computer programming will also need to complete a computing subject to satisfy the computing prerequisite for MAST30028. These students are recommended to take COMP10001 Foundations of Computing as one of their level-1 science subjects in semester 1, 2, 3 or 4, or COMP20005 Engineering Computation as a level-2 science elective in semester 3 or 4. Students in this situation may wish to seek individual course advice.

This is a sample course plan for a student undertaking the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences, Applied Mathematics specialisation, alongside the Bachelor of Biomedicine, and taking the Accelerated Mathematics first-year mathematics pathway. For students taking a different specialisation or first-year mathematics pathway, the choice and sequence of subjects might vary.

  Subjects counting towards the Diploma of Mathematical Sciences only
  Subjects counting towards Bachelor degree only
  Subjects cross credited so that they count towards both the Bachelor degree and the Diploma of Mathematical Sciences
Year 1, semester 1
BIOL10002 Biomolecules and Cells
Biomedicine core
BIOM10001 Discovering Biomedicine
Biomedicine core
MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1
Biomedicine Foundation
Level 1 breadth
Year 1,  semester 2
CHEM10006 Chemistry for Biomedicine
Biomedicine core
BIOM10002 Exploring Biomedicine
Biomedicine core
MAST10016 Mathematics for Biomedicine
Biomedicine Foundation
MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2
Biomedicine elective 
Year 1, summer semester
COMP10001 Foundations of Computing
Biomedicine elective
(** see note)
Year 2, semester 1
BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine (25 points)
Biomedicine core
Level 2 discipline elective

MAST20009 Vector Calculus

Year 2, semester 2
BIOM20002 Human Structure and Function (25 points)
Biomedicine core
MAST20004 Probability 
OR
another level-2 discipline elective
Biomedicine elective
MAST20030 Differential Equations
Year 2, summer semester
Level 1 or 2 breadth
Year 3, semester 1
BIOM30002 Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Biomedicine core
Biomedicine major
Level 3
Biomedicine major
Level 3
MAST30021 Complex Analysis
Year 3, semester 2
BIOM30001 Frontiers in Biomedicine
Biomedicine core
MAST30028 Numerical Methods and Scientific Computing
MAST30001 Stochastic Modelling (if MAST20004 was taken earlier)
OR
MAST30031 Methods of Mathematical Physics
Level 2 breadth
Year 4, semester 1
Biomedicine major
Level 3
Biomedicine major
Level 3
MAST30030 Applied Mathematical Modelling
Level 2 or 3 breadth

Note: ** Students who already have evidence of competence in computer programming do not need to take this subject and can take a different elective instead. Evidence of competence in computer programming may include passing a relevant Year 12 school subject, or a statement of achievement from a relevant MOOC, or passing a programming competency test administered by another University of Melbourne School.

This is a sample course plan for students undertaking the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences with a specialisation in Statistics and Stochastic Processes alongside the Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics and taking the Calculus 2 first-year mathematics pathway.

This is intended as an example course plan for one combination of major and specialisation; for other combinations of major, specialisation and first-year mathematics pathway the choice of subjects and their sequence might differ.

  Subjects counting towards the Diploma of Mathematical Sciences only
  Subjects counting towards Bachelor degree only
  Subjects cross credited so that they count towards both the Bachelor degree and the Diploma of Mathematical Sciences
Semester 1
Level 1 
MAST10006 Calculus 2
Level 1
Introductory Microeconomics
Level 1
Accounting Reports & Analysis
Level 1
Commerce elective
Semester 2
Level 1
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
Level 1
Introductory Macroeconomics
Level 1
Principles of Finance
Level 1
Breadth
Semester 3
Level 2 
MAST20026 Real Analysis
Level 2 
MAST20006 Probability for Statistics
Level 2
Organisational Behaviour
Level 2
Intermediate Microeconomics
Semester 4
Level 2 
MAST20005 Statistics
Level 3 
MAST30001 Stochastic Modelling
Level 2
Introductory Econometrics
Level 2
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Semester 5
Level 3 
MAST30025 Linear Statistical Models
Level 3
Economics major
Level 3
Economics major
Level 2
Commerce elective
Semester 6
Level 3 
MAST30027 Modern Applied Statistics
Level 3
Economics major
Level 3
Commerce elective
Level 3
Commerce elective
Semester 7
Level 3 
MAST30020 Probability for Inference
Level 3
Commerce elective
Level 3
Commerce elective
Level 2/3
Commerce elective

This is a sample course plan for students undertaking the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences with a specialisation in Statistics and Stochastic Processes alongside the Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Actuarial Studies and taking the Accelerated Mathematics first-year mathematics pathway.

This is intended as an example course plan for one combination of major and specialisation; for other combinations of major, specialisation and first-year mathematics pathway the choice of subjects and their sequence might differ.

  Subjects counting towards the Diploma of Mathematical Sciences only
  Subjects counting towards Bachelor degree only
  Subjects cross credited so that they count towards both the Bachelor degree and the Diploma of Mathematical Sciences
Semester 1
Level 1 
MAST10008 Accelerated Mathematics 1
Level 1
Introductory Microeconomics
Level 1
Accounting Reports and Analysis
Level 1
Principles of Finance
Semester 2
Level 1 
MAST10009 Accelerated Mathematics 2
Level 1
Introductory Macroeconomics
Level 1
Introductory Financial Accounting
Level 1
Breadth - non-mathematics & statistics
Semester 3
Level 2 
MAST20004 Probability
Level 2
Organisational Behaviour
Level 2
Financial Maths I
Level 2
Business Finance
Semester 4
Level 2 
MAST20005 Statistics
Level 3 
MAST30001 Stochastic Modelling
Level 2 
Financial Maths II
Level 2
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Semester 5
Level 3 
MAST30025 Linear Statistical Models
Level 3
Actuarial Modelling I
Level 3
Financial Maths III
Level 3
Actuarial Modelling II
Semester 6
Level 3
Actuarial Statistics
Level 3
Contingencies (25 points)
Level 3
Models for Insurance and Finance
Semester 7
Level 3
MAST30020 Probability for Inference
Level 3
Maths & Stats
(non-statistics option)
Level 2/3
Commerce elective
Level 2/3
Breadth
non-mathematics & statistics