Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Discover how prized achievements around the world rely on mathematics and statistics
Mathematics is humanity's most powerful tool for comprehending the universe and is essential for many fields of modern endeavours such as science, technology, engineering and finance.
The study of Mathematics and Statistics at UWA involves data analysis, forecasting, decision making and detailed problemsolving while determining creative ways to improve modern life with mathematical tools and techniques.
The Department conducts research in a wide variety of areas of mathematics and statistics such as complex systems, group theory, partial differential equations, discrete mathematics, geometry, mathematical modelling, data analysis and statistical methods.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics was awarded 5 out of 5 in Excellence of Research Australia in Mathematical Sciences (Pure and Applied Mathematics).
Our courses
Selecting an Honours project and supervisor
The Honours program is an exciting opportunity to enhance your skills. In the Maths and Stats Department, the areas of the program are Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Data Science. You will do some advanced lecture units according to the area of specialisation and an honours dissertation where you get to do some mathematical or statistical research.
The main requirements for honours entry at UWA are:
 completion of a degree with a major in Mathematics or Statistics; and
 a WAM of at least 65% in units forming your Mathematics or Statistics major in 3rd year.
Also, you can start midyear, i.e., in the second semester, and it is possible to enrol parttime.
Talk to us if you are interested in the Honours program and believe you have the necessary requirements.
Selecting an Honours project and supervisor
The Honours program is an exciting opportunity to enhance your skills. In the Maths and Stats Department, the areas of the program are Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Data Science. You will do some advanced lecture units according to the area of specialisation and an honours dissertation where you get to do some mathematical or statistical research.
The main requirements for honours entry at UWA are:
 completion of a degree with a major in Mathematics or Statistics; and
 a WAM of at least 65% in units forming your Mathematics or Statistics major in 3rd year.
Also, you can start midyear, i.e., in the second semester, and it is possible to enrol parttime.
Talk to us if you are interested in the Honours program and believe you have the necessary requirements.
Our Reseach Areas
 Applied Mathematics

Applied Mathematics is about using the theory and techniques of mathematics and statistics to understand and deal with the real world.
Biological and physical sciences, computing, commerce, medicine, manufacturing industry and environmental management are some of the fields which need to connect with mathematics and its the job of the applied mathematician to make the connections.
Our researchers:
 Shannon Algar  Swarming, swarmreservoir computers, nonlinear time series
 Nev Fowkes  Industrial modelling, Theoretical mechanics
 Shuixiu Lu  Nonlinear time series analysis, Complex dynamics in engineering systems and Bioinspired computing
 Miccal Matthews  Theoretical mechanics, Differential equations, Mathematical modelling
 David Pfefferle  Kinetic theory, Fluid and plasma dynamics, Hamiltonian/Lagrangian mechanics, Numerical methods
 Michael Small  Complex systems, Complex networks, Nonlinear dynamics, Complex data modelling
 Thomas Stemler  Complex systems and networks, Nonlinear time series analysis, Dynamical systems, Paleoclimate proxy analysis and traffic modelling
 David M. Walker  Complex networks, Nonlinear time series, Dynamical systems, Modelling animal behaviour, granular media and other physical, ecological and biological systems
 Pure Mathematics

Pure Mathematics is about understanding the fundamental properties of mathematical concepts and objects whose original motivation may have come from problems in the real world.
Topics can be categorised roughly as “algebra”, “combinatorics”, and “analysis”. Algebra and combinatorics have a discrete feel to it (like constructing or breaking codes), whereas analysis has a continuous flavour (like studying properties of mechanical systems).
Our researchers:
 John Bamberg  Incidence geometry, Combinational computation
 Anton Baykalov  Group theory, Incidence structures
 Alice Devillers  Graph theory, Incidence geometry, Combinational designs
 Serena Dipierro  Partial differential equations, Free boundary problems, Calculus of variations, Nonlocal equations
 Michael Giudici  Group theory, Graph theory
 Edoardo Lippi  Partial differential equations, Nonlinear analysis, Nonlocal equations
 Luke Morgan  Group theory, Algebraic graph theory
 Lyle Noakes  Variational problems in differential geometry, and applications in approximation theory
 Giorgio Poggesi  Partial differential equations, Geometric properties of solutions to PDE's, Geometric and functional inequalities, Shape optimisation, Free boundary problems, Calculus of variations, and applications
 Cheryl Praeger  Group theory, Graph theory, Combinatorial designs, Group algorithms
 Gordon Royle  Graph theory, Matroid theory, Combinational computation
 Caterina Sportelli  Partial differential equations, Nonlocal equations and non linear analysis
 Luchezar Stoyanov  Dynamical systems and ergodic theory, geometry, scattering theory
 Enrico Valdinoci  Partial differential equations, Free boundary problems, Calculus of variations, Nonlocal equations
 May Vaughan  Partial differential equations, Nonlocal operators, Free boundary problems, Nonlinear equations
 Statistics

The study of mathematical statistics involves quantitative skills and knowledge of statistical methods, both their practical application and their mathematical foundations.
Applied statistics is concerned with the application of statistical methods. These applications can be in a huge variety of areas, such as medicine, business, finance, science and industry.
Research includes practical experience using computer systems to analyse data, and the ability to understand and criticise arguments based on numerical data or mathematical reasoning.
Our researchers:
Community and industry engagement
WA Junior Mathematics Olympiad
UWA works with the Western Australia Mathematical Olympiad Committee to host the annual WA Junior Mathematics Olympiad for exceptional Year 7, 8 and 9 students.
The competition seeks to find the youngest mathematical minds in the state. Prizes include an award for the most outstanding Year 9 and Year 8 student, as well as prizes for the best mathematic team. A number of Western Australian universities sponsor the prizes, along with the Department of Education, Mathematical Association of Western Australia, New Edition Bookshop, Data Analysis Australia, Optiver and Casio Education.
Blakers Mathematics Competition
The Blakers Mathematics Competition was established with a bequest from the family of Professor Larry Blakers after his death in 1995.
The first Competition was a local event, for UWA students only, in 1996. Since 1997, the Competition has been held annually, open to first to third year students at any Western Australian university.
Professor Blakers was a Professor of Mathematics at UWA for 30 years and Head of Department for 29 of them. He played an important role in the foundation of the Australian Mathematical Society, the Australian Association of Mathematical Teachers and the Mathematical Association of Western Australia (MAWA), and was a founder and long term Director of the National Mathematics Summer School for gifted high school students which takes place in Canberra each year.
See honour roll of previous winners, and problems and solutions of previous years, here.
The Centre for Applied Statistics
The Centre for Applied Statistics provides expert training and consultancy in statistics to enable the University, industry and government to produce excellent research.
Visit the Centre here
Spotlight on our people
UWA is home to worldclass researchers in mathematics and you'll have the opportunity to work alongside these researchers on cuttingedge projects. You'll gain valuable research experience, as well as the opportunity to develop strong relationships with academics who can serve as mentors and references in the future.