Prospective Undergraduates

Guide to MAS Degree Programmes

1. What does Mathematical Sciences mean?

Mathematical Sciences is a broad term – it includes what are commonly known as Pure Mathematics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, and Statistics, as well as certain subfields of computer science, engineering, life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences, in which mathematical tools play an important role.


2. What are the Degree Programmes that MAS offers?

  1. BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Science
    • BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences with concentration in Mathematics of Information and Communication or Computational Mathematics
  2. BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Economics (Cease to offer from AY1819 and onwards)
  3. Double Major B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences and Economics


3. What does one learn in the Major in Mathematical Sciences at SPMS?

In the first two years, students read common core Courses in fundamental topics: calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, scientific programming and mathematical exposition, to build a strong foundation that will give them maximum flexibility and choices in later years.

Subsequently, students will focus on one of the three tracks: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics, with the additional option of doing a concentration in either Computational Mathematics or Mathematics of Information and Communication.

Topics that students in the track in Pure Mathematics may read include: algebra, analysis, discrete mathematics, geometry, logic, number theory, topology, etc.

Students in the track in Applied Mathematics may choose Courses from: analysis, computer science, discrete mathematics, numerical analysis, operations research, scientific computing, theoretical physics, etc.

For students in the track in Statistics, they may read Courses from: applied statistics, mathematical statistics, operations research, probability, business, economics, computer science, etc.
Students with broad interests may also read Courses from more than one track.


4. Special Features of the MAS Curriculum

Besides equipping the graduates with strong logical thinking, rigour in reasoning, analytical and problem-solving skills, our programme has strong emphasis on the following special features:

  1. IT skills – the curriculum produces graduates well-versed in scientific programming and use of computer software in problem-solving
  2. Communication skills – through a series of compulsory writing and communication Courses, including the innovative Course “Mathematical Exposition”, the programme provides valuable training in these crucial skills and ample
    opportunities for students to hone their communication skills.
  3. Special challenge for motivated students – a series of "Advanced Investigations" Courses stretch and stimulate motivated students through challenging problems. Courses like undergraduate research, special topics, project, supervised independent study, etc., provide further opportunities to propel them to greater heights.
  4. Interdisciplinary studies – the curriculum reflects prominently the multidisciplinary nature of Mathematical Sciences, featuring strongly applications in science, engineering, and social sciences.


5. Career after graduation

  1. Banking, finance and insurance
    e.g. actuary, financial analyst/planner, investment analyst, foreign exchange analyst, risk analyst.
  2. Biomedical science
    e.g. biostatistician, bioinformatics specialist, epidemiological analyst, statistician.
  3. Education and research
    e.g. teacher, professor, research scientist/engineer, market research analyst, survey researcher, statistician.
  4. IT industry
    e.g. computer analyst, programmer, cryptologist, data analyst, software engineer, systems analyst.
  5. Logistics management
    e.g. operations research analyst, quality control analyst, resource management analyst, transportation analyst
  6. Others
    e.g. administrator, technical officer, manager, gaming consultant, R&D manager

In Singapore, graduates in Mathematical Sciences have found satisfying careers in banks, insurance companies, IT companies, PSA, education service, DSO National Laboratories, MINDEF, Ministries of Home Affairs, Health, Trade and Industry, R&D organizations, etc.