# Postgraduate Degree Programmes

The School of Mathematical Sciences, USM, was established in 1974. The school has currently more than 45 lecturers, grouped into 3 main departments, namely Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics/Operations Research. As for postgraduate programmes, the school offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) by research; M.Sc. (Statistics) and M.Sc. (Mathematics) via mixed mode; and M.Sc. (Teaching of Mathematics) via coursework. The school also actively organizes numerous short courses, such as time series econometrics, statistical data analysis, statistical quality control and linear regression to industrial practitioners, college and university lecturers, and postgraduate students.

**Research Mode:**

- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
- Master of Science (M. Sc.)
- Master of Science (Mathematics)
- Master of Science (Statistics)

**Mixed-Mode:**

- Master of Science (Mathematics)
- Master of Science (Statistics)

**Coursework Mode:**

Master of Science (Teaching of Mathematics)

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## MSc Math

MSc in Mathematics (Mixed Mode)

**Student Intake**

Intake for this taught programme is in September (Sem 1) and February (Sem 2) of each Academic Year. Deadlines for submission will be stated in advertisements which will appear in March/October. All forms are downloadable from the IPS website http://www.ips.usm.my or obtainable from the IPS office directly.

**Admission Requirement**

An undergraduate degree in Mathematics (or a related subject) with CGPA of at least 2.75.

**Objectives**

The objectives of the programme are to produce specialists in Applied and Computational Mathematics who are able to work effectively in a research and development environment, as well as to teach at tertiary level.

**Course Structure**

The students need to obtain grade B or better in 20 units for taught courses from the following list, pass a dissertation course as well as achieve CGPA of 3.0 or higher.

**Taught Courses**

- MAT 514 : Mathematical Modelling (4 units)
- MAT 515 : Computational Mathematics (4 units)
- MAT 516 : Curve and Surface Methods for CAGD (4 units)
- MAT 517 : Computational Linear Algebra (4 units)
- MAT518: Numerical Methods for Differential Equation (4 units)

**Dissertation**

MAT 510 : Dissertation (20 units)

**Duration of the Programme**

12 – 24 months for Full-time students

24 – 48 months for Part-time students

## MSc Stats

MSc in Statistics (Mixed Mode)

**Student Intake**

Intake for this taught programme is in September (Sem 1) and February (Sem 2) of each Academic Year. Deadlines for submission will be stated in advertisements which will appear in March/October. All forms are downloadable from the IPS website http://www.ips.usm.my or obtainable from the IPS office directly.

**Admission Requirement**

An undergraduate degree in Mathematics (or a related subject) with CGPA of at least 2.75.

**Objectives**

The objectives of the programme are to produce specialists in Statistics who are able to work effectively in a research and development environment, as well as to teach at tertiary level.

**Course Structure**

The students need to obtain grade B or better in 20 units for taught courses from the following list, pass a dissertation course as well as achieve CGPA of 3.0 or higher.

**Taught Courses**

- MST 561 : Statistical Inference (4 units)
- MST 562 : Stochastic Processes (4 units)
- MST 564 : Reliability Statistics (4 units)
- MST 565 : Linear Models (4 units)
- MST 567 : Categorical Data Analysis (4 units)

**Dissertation**

MST 566 : Dissertation (20 units)

**Duration of the Programme**

12 – 24 months for Full-time students

24 – 48 months for Part-time students

## MSc Teaching of Math

MSc Teaching of Mathematics (Coursework)

**Students Intake**

Intake for this taught programme is in September (Sem 1) and February (Sem 2) of each Academic Year. Deadlines for submission will be stated in advertisements which will appear in March/October. All forms are downloadable from the IPS website http://www.ips.usm.my or obtainable from the IPS office directly.

**Admission Requirement**

An undergraduate degree in Mathematics (or a related subject) with CGPA of at least 2.75. Candidates must be involved in the teaching profession.

**Objective**

The objective of the programme is to upgrade the skills of mathematics teachers teaching at the pre-university level. The courses offered in this programme are related to the mathematics syllabus at pre-university level.

**Program Structure**

The students need to achieve 43/44 units of taught courses from the following list of compulsory and elective courses and must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 or higher as a fulfillment for the program.

**Compulsory Courses (32 units) :**

- MGM 502 Number Theory (4 units)
- MGM 511 Linear Algebra (4 units)
- MGM 531 Euclidean Geometry (4 units)
- MGM 551 Operations Research (4 units)
- MGM 561 Statistical Methods for Research (4 units)
- MGM 562 Probability Theory (4 units)
- MGM 599 Research Project (8 units)

**Elective Courses (Choose 3 courses):**

- MGM 501 Analysis (4 units)
- MGM 503 Combinatorics (4 units)
- MGM 563 Statistical Inference (4 units)
- MGM 581 Mathematics and Technology (4 units)
- PMC 561 Teaching and Learning Theories in Mathematics (3 units)

**Duration of the Programme**

18 – 24 months for Full-time students

30 – 48 months for Part-time students

Research-based program

## MSc PhD Research

Degrees through the research mode requires a minimum of one calendar year of research work for the Masters Degree and two calendar years for Ph.D. Degree.

**Research Topics**

Students will be going through research under the supervision of an academic staff and a thesis is expected at the end of study. Please see staff’s research interests to choose your topic.

**M.Sc. by Research**

Admission Requirement

An undergraduate degree in Mathematics (or a related subject) with CGPA of at least 2.75.

**Duration of the Programme**

12 – 36 months for Full-time students

24 – 72 months for Part-time students

**Ph.D. by Research**

Admission Requirement

Bachelor of Science (First Class or equivalent) or a good Master of Science in Mathematics or related discipline

**Duration of the Programme**

24 – 60 months for Full-time students

36 – 90 months for Part-time students

## Contact

General Inquiries and Contact Numbers

Deputy Dean (Research)

School of Mathematical Sciences

Universiti Sains Malaysia

11800 USM Penang

Malaysia

Telephone : +60 4 653 3283

Fax : +60 4 657 0910

E-Mail : farahaini@usm.my