Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences (by research)

School of Mathematical Sciences


About The Programme

The Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences is a research programme that empowers students with a competitive edge in research through in-depth training mediated by experts. As a postgraduate student, you will be integrated as members of our research groups at Sunway University with various opportunities to participate in research alongside supervisors through seminars, workshops, laboratory and field work.

This programme will develop the following graduate attributes which are in sync with and support the mission of the university:

  1. highly employable graduates who are knowledgeable and technically competent in various fields of mathematics and statistics.
  2. graduates with the mathematical and analytical skills with competencies in critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. graduates with managerial and entrepreneurial skills to be able to communicate effectively.
  4. graduates who are ethical and responsible with expertise in mathematical and statistical knowledge.
  5. graduates who recognize the need to engage in life-long learning for personal and professional growth and development.



January & July



2 Years (full-time), 3 Years (Part-time)


Career Prospects

  • Professional activities in academic institutions and research Institutes
  • IT services
  • Finance services and investment management firms
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Consultancy firm
  • Education



The Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences consists of two taught modules and one thesis. You will be required to complete two taught modules, namely Research Methodology and Directed Readings, before they proceed to writing the thesis. By undergoing these two modules, you will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research successfully towards the Master’s degree.

In this module, you will have an opportunity to examine research designs with methodology as well as data analysis techniques employed by researchers. At the end of this module, you will be expected to formulate and submit a proposal for research in an area of your own interest or specialisation. Students are required to attend 2 hours of class per week on a weekday, for a duration of 14 weeks.

In this module, you will learn to review the main research topics within a chosen field of study and appraise current key research activities related to the chosen research topic.

The MSc is awarded based on the successful completion of a thesis. The thesis should demonstrate proficiency, criticality and mastery in the subject or chosen area of research.


Areas of Research

  • Applications of statistics in finance and insurance
  • Applied probability
  • Applied stochastic processes
  • Big data analytics
  • Combinatorics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Credit risk modelling
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Graph theory
  • Linear and multilinear algebra
  • Longevity studies
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Neural networks
  • Numerical optimisation
  • Optimal control computation
  • Simulation
  • Statistical modelling
  • Statistical quality control
  • Time series modelling 


Entry Requirement

Bachelor’s Degree

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields in mathematical sciences or related field with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields in mathematical sciences with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 and not meeting CGPA of 2.75, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment;

    • Interview; and
    • Portfolio Write-Up
  • A Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6 MQF) in mathematical sciences or related fields with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of five years working experience in the relevant field and rigorous internal assessment;

    • Interview; and
    • Portfolio Write-Up

Candidates without a qualification in the related fields or relevant working experience must undergo appropriate prerequisite courses determined by the HEP and meet the minimum CGPA based on (i) to (iii) of the entry requirement.


Other Qualifications

  • Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis


English Language Requirements
(For International Applicants)

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Application Procedure

As part of your application, please nominate TWO (2) referees who can provide reference letters about your suitability to undertake the programme (preferably, one academic and one professional). The letters must be printed on the letterhead of the respective referees’ organisations. Each referee is requested to seal and send the hardcopy of the letter to the correspondence address as stated below. Alternatively, the referee may request the prospective student to send the sealed letter.

Applicants will be required to submit the following documents:
i) Postgraduate Application Form*
ii) Research Statement
iii) Curriculum Vitae (CV)
iv) Scholarship Application Form (if any)
v) English Language Qualification (IELTS / TOEFL / Others) for International Students
vi) Certified True Copy of Academic Qualifications/Results (Certificates and Complete Transcripts) (Degree / Others)
vii) ONE (1) Passport-sized Photograph
viii) Certified True Copy of National Identity Card (Malaysians only) or Passport (ALL pages for International Applicants)

All documents are to be sent to the correspondence address or email stated below. Incomplete documents will not be processed.

Postgraduate Administrator
School of Mathematical Sciences
Sunway University 5 Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway
47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia



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