The School of Mathematics and Statistics has more than 60 academic staff, including many research and postdoctoral fellows. The School consists of three departments: Applied Mathematics (including the Climate and Environmental Dynamics Laboratory), Pure Mathematics and Statistics. Our research presence includes many seminars and visiting academics, and we teach approximately 2,500 students annually.
Mathematics and Statistics research and teaching at UNSW are the strongest in Australia. The School aims to be one of the best in the world.
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs
The School's undergraduate programs cover a wide spectrum of courses in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. The School's alumni are found in an extraordinary range of careers.
The School's postgraduate programs include coursework degrees (at Graduate Diploma and Masters levels) and vigorous research programs leading to MSc and PhD degrees. Currently the School has about 70 postgraduate students of whom approximately 50 are enrolled in the PhD program.
Over the past thirty years, the School has graduated more than two hundred research students, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in Australia and throughout the Asian region.
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An Outstanding Mathematical Research Centre
In addition to our role of teaching students of mathematics, science, engineering and many other areas, the School has become one of Australia's most important centres of mathematical research. Our success in obtaining funding from the Australian Research Council and other external funding bodies is a measure of its national importance.
In each of the last five years its external funding has been around one million dollars, which is more than any other mathematics department in the country and more than the total external research funding of many universities.
International and Industrial Collaboration
A feature of the School's research is the unusually high level of international collaboration by its members, supported by a dynamic visitor program. In an average year, some fifty mathematicians from around the world spend periods of two to four weeks as visiting professors in the School, conducting joint research with local mathematicians and statisticians, giving seminars and making themselves available for consultation with students working in their area.
The School has strong links with industry, both through teaching partnerships and active collaborative research programs.
The School's computing facilities are among the best in Australia. It has its own Computing Centre, which manages the School's distributed computing environment of Linux and Windows desktops, including a high performance Linux computational cluster.
The School recognises both numerical and symbolic computing as an integral part of its research activities, and is continually improving its access to high performance computing and scientific visualisation facilities.