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Financial Mathematics (Advanced)
- Financial Mathematics Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)
- Admission criteria
- Guaranteed ATAR 95
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
The Financial Mathematics (BAdvSci) (Honours) major provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying Financial Mathematics with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects.
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This major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), a course designed for high performing students to pursue their interest in Science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship. It provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying Financial Mathematics with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects. The major culminates in a capstone experience in which students will have the opportunity to pursue Mathematics projects that may be based anywhere from pure research right through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.
Mathematics is the study of concepts such as quantity, structure, space and change and to use these concepts to model and describe the behaviour of real world complex systems. It has been described as the science of patterns, whether found in numbers, space, science, engineering, computers, imaginary abstractions, or elsewhere. Through abstraction and logical reasoning, mathematics evolved from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects.
Today, mathematics is used in most fields, including technology, natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences, such as sociology and psychology. This Financial Mathematics Major provides graduates with a broad range of analytical and mathematical skills, with particular relevance to statistical modelling and operations research in the financial context.
Students will receive a strong grounding in corporate finance, financial institution, financial markets and various branches of the financial services industry, enhancing the employment prospects of graduates in the technological, industrial and commercial sectors. Students may select from units in accounting, economics and business.
Work-based learning in this course is ensured through the requirement to engage in immersive industry and/or research experience.
The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) provides opportunities through second and third year to undertake internal and external internships and immersive work experience, sourced by the student, which can be used for course credit.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
Mathematics & Statistics at Curtin University has a strong reputation in Australia in the areas of Applied, Computational and Financial Mathematics. Curtin is one of only three universities in Australia with above world-standard expertise in both applied mathematics and computational mathematics, as confirmed in the ERA 2015 results. Our leading position in industrial, applied and financial mathematics is also supported by collaborative links with WA companies and government organisations such as DSTO, Woodside, Linkforce Engineering, and Sateva.
How this course will make you industry ready
This course teaches advanced mathematics and statistics and their real-world applications in the financial context.
Curtin has strong links with industry and the business world. As a result of this close interaction, the units offered are designed to develop the practical skills needed to address real-world problems. A work experience program runs from second year onwards, exposing students to real applications of their mathematical studies, and introducing them to potential employers through embedded research and industry engagement you will have the opportunity to investigate multiple areas of specialisation and tailor you final year experience that prepares you for the industry of your choice.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
- Commercial banker
- Finance/funds manager
- Financial analyst
- Financial planner
- Superannuation manager
- Banking and finance
- Investment banking
- Risk management
What you'll learn
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, and an advanced knowledge of mathematical and statistical principles and concepts in a range of mathematical disciplines; solve problems relevant to science, industry, commerce and government.
- Apply mathematical and statistical methods to critically analyse challenging and multi-faceted problems and to think creatively to generate innovative solutions.
- Access and make judgements on the value of available knowledge using a variety of tools, and incorporate them into the planning, conduct and communication of their own work.
- Communicate approaches, ideas, findings and solutions to financial mathematics problems in a variety of modes to informed professional audiences.
- Use established and emerging technologies in the field of financial mathematics to address complex research questions.
- Demonstrate intellectual independence and engage in self-driven continuous discipline and professional education and training in the mathematical sciences.
- Be aware of the diversity of international perspectives and apply international standards of practice within their profession as a mathematical scientist in the financial services industry.
- Work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues from a range of cultural backgrounds; understand the importance of cultural diversity and how it impacts a mathematician in the financial services industry.
- Work ethically and professionally as an independent mathematician in the financial services industry and collaboratively within teams either as a professional leader or collaborator.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.
|GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three)||14|
|Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6)||90|
|ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE)||95|
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- Curtin course code: MJRH-ADFMA
- Last updated on: September 8, 2020