Master of Complex Systems

Master of Complex Systems

Master degree
24 months
Application deadlines: 31 January / 30 June
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: A$125
Intakes: February, August
International tuition: A$43,500
Domestic tuition: A$9,359

Program overview

Complex systems are composed of numerous diverse interacting parts, making them susceptible to unexpected, large-scale, and apparently uncontrollable behaviours. Small changes can generate large, amplified effects. For example, a single malfunction in a local substation can lead to cascading state-wide electricity grid failures; and the emergence of a new pathogen in a remote village can give rise to a devastating global epidemic. The Master of Complex Systems will develop your skills in quantitative modelling and computational simulation of system dynamics, complementing your existing skills in engineering, computer science, information technology, physics, mathematics, health, biology or business. These unique skills will enable you to operate across discipline boundaries, providing key input and insights to help solve complex global challenges. As an expert in complex systems, you could pursue a career in major multinational research and development companies, government and crisis management agencies, health, construction or transport organisations. You have the flexibility to tailor your learning to your professional interests with the choice of four specialisations: Engineering; Biosecurity; Ecology; Transport.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have: an Australian bachelor's degree, with a credit average (65 percent) in a quantitative discipline, or an equivalent qualification or a University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Complex Systems with a credit average (65 percent), or equivalent qualification. Units completed in the graduate diploma can be credited to the master's program.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program will be suitable for careers in major multi-national research and development companies, government and crisis management agencies, and large health, construction and transport organisations, or continue on an academic research pathway. MCXS graduates will operate across discipline boundaries, in environments outside the experience of most professionals, providing key modelling input and insights to resolution of complex challenges across the globe.

Campus location

Sydney , Australia

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