Maths, Physics
& Chemistry

Initiate change with the fundamental building blocks of the universe

A strong understanding of maths and the physical sciences allows societies to develop models that help us better understand and predict the behaviour of intricate systems, and apply these models to initiate new and innovative ideas aimed at furthering human development.

When you study a UOW maths or physics degree you will graduate with the knowledge and analytical skills that will help shape the future. These skills are in demand by governments and private sectors worldwide.  

Belong to one of the best

Our mathematics and physical science degrees rank among the best in the world:

  • Number 1 in NSW: In the 2020 Good Universities Guide, UOW ranked number 1 in NSW for overall quality of education experience in Science and Mathematics.
  • Five-star student experience: UOW Science and Mathematics also received a 5-star rating for learner engagement in the 2020 Good Universities Guide.
  • Top 100 in the world: UOW ranked among the top 100 universities for Atmospheric Sciences in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject.
  • World-class: UOW ranked among the top 150 universities in the world for Statistics and Operational Research, top 250 for Mathematics and top 250 for Chemistry, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.


Develop the specialist skills that employers want:

  • Range of maths specialisations: Choose to major in Applied Analytics, Data Science, Physics, Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Pure Mathematics, Financial Planning, Mathematical Economics, Quantitative and Computational Trading, Quantitative Corporate Finances and Investments, Risk Management and Insurance, Statistics or Financial Mathematics.
  • Range of physics specialisations: Choose to major in Medical Radiation Physics, Atmospheric Science, Biomolecular Physics or Nuclear Science and Technology.
  • Choose more than one: Many UOW undergraduate programs allow you to combine complementary specialisations in a double-major degree, or a double degree. 

Become part of UOW's learning and research environment:

  • UOW Mathematics graduates are in demand across a range of industries including finance, defence and security, health care, and the IT sector. 
  • Our Medical and Radiation Physics program is backed by clinical associations with local and Sydney hospitals—over 50% of current practising medical physicists in NSW were educated and trained at UOW.
  • The UOW School of Physics is ranked 'above world standard performance' by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Condensed Matter Physics and Medical Radiation Physics.
  • The Excellence in Research for Australia also ranked the UOW School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics 'above world standard'.
  • Be supported by highly qualified academic staff with expertise across a range of disciplines within mathematics and physical science.



A degree from UOW opens doors:

  • Real-world exposure: Our close ties with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and the Australian Synchrotron ensure you receive industry exposure throughout your degree.
  • Access to experts: Learn from industry guest lecturers.
  • Be rewarded: Earn an industry-sponsored prize or cadetship.
  • Industry collaboration: UOW has a strong research reputation in collaboration with industry.
  • Recognised and employed: Our Medical and Radiation Physics program is backed by clinical associations with local and Sydney hospitals—over 50% of current practising medical physicists in NSW were educated and trained at UOW.

UOW Associate Professor Adam Trevitt stands in high tech chemistry lab

Undergraduate degrees: 

  • All UOW Physics degrees are fully accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics.
  • The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics conforms to the requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree conforms to the requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.
  • All UOW Bachelor of Mathematics degrees are accredited by the Australian Mathematical Society.
  • Our Bachelor of Mathematics Education course is accredited and recognised as a national professional teaching qualification. Students seeking work outside NSW or Australia are advised to check with potential employers and other teacher registration authorities for any additional requirements.
  • The UOW Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Mathematical Society. Completion of this degree provides ‘points’ towards membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA). Specific majors may carry other accreditations.

Postgraduate coursework:

  • UOW's Master of Medical Radiation Physics is accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).
  • The Master of Mathematics degree is fully accredited by the Australian Mathematical Society.
  • All graduates of the UOW Master of Financial Mathematics satisfy the education requirements for Senior Associate membership of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
  • Graduates of the UOW Master of Statistics who hold a relevant undergraduate degree and 4-6 years' work experience are eligible to apply for membership as an Accredited Statistician with the Statistical Society of Australia.

Number 1

The latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranks UOW equal first among Australian public universities, with overall satisfaction of graduates at 89.7 per cent.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2021

Become one of the world's most employable graduates

At UOW, you'll graduate ready to solve problems, develop models and drive policies that will help people plan for a better future.

Here is just a sample of careers you can pursue:

  • Radiotherapist
  • Materials scientist
  • Medical imaging specialist
  • Biomolecular physicist
  • Biophysicist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Cosmologist
  • Atmospheric scientist
  • Hydrographer
  • Meteorologist
  • Health physicist
  • Computer scientist
  • Econo-physicist 
  • Meteorologist
  • Science teacher
  • Accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Banking associate
  • Business forecaster
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Mathematic modeller
  • Mathematics teacher
  • Quantitative trader
  • Risk manager
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker
  • Transport analyst
  • Transport modeller

Read more: What can I do with my degree?

Meet Leonie

I believe a sound grounding in macroeconomics is important for everyone. I am now incredibly privileged to sit on the Executive Committee of Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), an $85 billion global asset manager. UOW absolutely helped me get here by giving me a strong grounding in the technical skills - mathematical skills never go astray, even when you have marketing in your title. Leonie Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance. Executive Director - Global Clients and Marketing at QIC

Job-ready graduates

UOW student Laura Cartwright and Dr Maureen Edwards, a Lecturer in Mathematics and Applied Statistics, talk about the skills gained and opportunities available while studying maths and statistics at UOW. Hear how building on your love of mathematics will see you graduate with the confidence to enter the work-force knowing your skills are in demand globally.

Alumni stories

[Dr Edwards] I love teaching and I teach a lot of first-year and I really love to see students in their first session of their first year at university and just see that transition from a high school student to you know an undergraduate and managing and progressing through their degree.

[Laura] You know in high school it's a lot of just do the working out solve the problem there's always an answer and then you get to uni and there's not always an answer but I think in the long run that actually sort of pulled me even further into it.

[Dr Edwards] So students have opportunity for industry placements through internships and summer scholarships it gives them opportunity to see how industries or organizations work it gives them an opportunity to see how their skills translate into a sort of a workplace.

[Laura] I have worked with Geoscience Australia I worked with them for six months a few years ago and honestly, that was so invaluable I really really appreciated that opportunity you know especially just to see how people work outside the uni and how you can apply the skills that you've been learning to these real-world problems and get real results.

[Dr Edwards] So all students who are going into a mathematics degree complete a first-year subject that really works on their transferable skills so do group projects they're looking at research presentation organising themselves managing a team you know having team contracts and just having a taste of what it's like to be independent and produce a body of work at the end.

[Laura] I think one of the biggest skills that I've taken away from the degrees is learning how to communicate an idea very clearly through my writing especially with maths you always have to be so careful about your definitions and how you state everything and I think I've really refined that skill.

[Dr Edwards] I think most students choose to study maths and statistics at university because they have a love of mathematics from high school but often they don't really know what that's going to mean when they get to uni but along the way because they do a range of subjects core subjects they gravitate to the area that most attracts them.

[Laura] So when I finish I think that I'd really enjoy a job maybe statistical consulting or something along those lines where I'm not quite sure exactly what's going to e thrown at me every day I'd really enjoy the challenge of doing something slightly different.

[Dr Edwards] You see students develop as they go along you see them gain confidence in their skills and then at the end of their degrees you see them go into such a range of industries either some of them go on to do more research some of them go out into organisations and you just see the confidence that they gain throughout the degree you.

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The onsite SBRC facility is addressing the challenge of transforming our built environment into sustainable, resilient and effective places to live and work.

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SMART Infrastructure Facility

SMART brings together experts from fields such as rail, infrastructure, transport, water, energy and economics to help governments and businesses better plan for the future.

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Learn first-hand on Sustainability Street, our residential building prototyping complex, and have the chance to take part in a competition that challenges teams to design and construct solar-powered houses.

We're fearless in the pursuit of our purpose. At UOW, you'll have ground-breaking research at your fingertips.

Meet Jessie

After visiting UOW for Discovery Day with my high school I found they not only had a strong physics program but that it also put a lot of effort into student life. During my degree, I've had the opportunity to go to Japan to attend the Tsukuba Global Science Week and also take up a role as a STEM Ambassador to share my story and my passion for science and mathematics with school students. Jessie Doctor of Philosophy (Physics) Candidate Bachelor of Science Advance (Honours) (Physics)

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