School of Mathematical Sciences

The School of Mathematical Sciences provides teaching and research excellence in applied and computational mathematics, statistics and operations research.

Our research

We're a highly collaborative group with a focus on top-quality, cross-disciplinary research that aims to solve real-world problems of global significance. In the Australian Government's 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) framework, our ambitious research programs were rated at the highest possible level: 'well above world standard.'

Our research strengths are in statistical data science, computational modelling and simulation, decision theory and systems optimisation. We have strong, existing research collaborations with the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), as well as other interdisciplinary projects being undertaken in the Science and Engineering Centre.

Our mathematics centre

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) is a collection of Australia's best researchers across seven universities in applied mathematics, statistics, mathematical physics and machine learning.

Our data science centre

Led by internationally-renowned statistician, QUT’s Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, the QUT Centre for Data Science draws together capability in data science to deliver world-class research, unique training opportunities and active external engagement.

Our courses

Applied and Computational Mathematics

"I love maths, it’s in every industry and people don’t realise how much you can do. I’ve travelled to Cambodia with Engineers Without Borders, staying in a rural community and sharing our knowledge about reusing plastic waste. It was great to see how my skills could fit within an engineering team."

Solene Hegarty-Cremer

Bachelor of Mathematics (Applied and Computational Mathematics)

Data Analytics

"There is a large and growing demand in industry for skilled data analytic professionals. Organisations need to unlock the value of data to make better decisions to be more effective and efficient. We are excited to offer our new data analytics courses to provide our graduates with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills to keep them at cutting edge of this rapidly evolving field."

Dr Helen Thompson - Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Master of Data Analytics

Operations Research

Design, operate and predict behaviour of complex systems, using operations research, stochastic and mathematical modelling and optimisation.

In this video, Kari Stuart talks about returning to study and discovering the varied and unexpected careers a Bachelor of Mathematics can lead you to.

Bachelor of Mathematics (Operations Research)


"There’s a great maths community at QUT. I’ve had lecturers who have worked with NASA and Microsoft, and they are all-round leaders in their fields. They’re always eager to help and approachable, and bring experience and examples to the classroom."

Sasha Richards

Bachelor of Mathematics (Statistics)

Our partners

The core of our industry engagement is through our research and research training activities and our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs.

We partner with businesses and organisations from start-ups to multi-nationals and our scope of application is inclusive, ranging from mathematical biology through climate change to engineering, natural resources, economics and finance.

Ask us about becoming a partner

Industry and community

  • Arrow Energy
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Customs Service
  • Australian Pine Kilns
  • Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence (ACEMS)
  • Boeing
  • Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Ergon Energy
  • Intersystems (Asia Pacific) Pty Ltd
  • ISS Security Pty Ltd
  • Nufarm
  • Plant Protection Chemistry NZ
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Queensland Airports Ltd
  • Sugar Research Australia
  • Sustainable Technologies International
  • Syngenta
  • Xstrata Queensland Pty Ltd

Universities and institutes

  • École Centrale Paris
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Nottingham
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Technology Sydney

Our people

Here at the QUT School of Mathematical Sciences our goal is to:

  • create outstanding learning experiences for our students
  • be at the forefront of disciplinary research in applied mathematics, statistics and operations research
  • provide real world solutions and outcomes for our external partners.

Our outstanding staff are strongly committed to the vision of being the partner of choice in mathematics education and research.

Contact us

Find us at
Level 6, O Block, Room O617
Gardens Point