Mathematics and statistics

Why study mathematics and statistics?

Build powerful skills in problem solving, clear thinking and communication. Maths is an important part of the information and technological age, used for analysis, forecasting and modelling.

Mathematics may be studied as a major in the Bachelor of Science and many related double degrees or as part of computing, nanotechnology and engineering courses.

Studying statistics can help you prepare for a career in science and health science disciplines, such as environmental science, genetics, biology and many more.

Our statistics program was the first to obtain accreditation from the Statistical Society of Australia Inc (SSAI). La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

View the College of Science, Health and Engineering Handbook for detailed information on entry requirements, course structure, assessment and potential thesis topics.

Career opportunities

The current shortage of graduates at the national and international level means graduates are highly sought after in the roles of medical statistician, financial analyst, applied mathematician, meteorologist, mathematics teacher and sports statistician.

Become a mathematics teacher by combining the required minimum of mathematics in a Bachelor of Science degree with a Diploma of Education, or by doing a major in mathematics in the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science Education double degree.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Arts

Popular course

ATAR and location:Melbourne: NCAlbury-Wodonga: 54.4Bendigo: 53Mildura: 60.8Shepparton: N/P

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 3 years3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Master of Data Science

Popular course

Location: Melbourne

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent2 years full-time

Master of Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Mildura Shepparton

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time2 years

Elisa Saab,
Bachelor of Science

"The best thing about this course is its flexibility; I easily changed my major from physics to maths."

AMSI Vacation Scholarships

During your studies, you can apply for an Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Vacation Research Scholarship, which gives you research experience in mathematics and statistics and helps prepare you for an Honours year or further research.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.