Master On Campus

Complex Systems

University of Sydney

18 months
47500 AUD/year
37000 AUD/year
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The Complex Systems program at the University of Sydney will provide you with the expertise to model, analyse and design resilient technological, socioeconomic and socioecological systems, as well as develop strategies for crisis forecasting and management. 


The Complex Systems program at the University of Sydney is 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.

Career Pathways 

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied GIS and Spatial Data Analytics
  • Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 
  • Ecological Econ and Sustainable Analysis 
  • Environmental Mapping and Monitoring 
  • Environmental Simulation Modelling 
  • Epidemiology Methods and Uses 
  • Epidemiology for Biostatisticians 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 102408E

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    47500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47500 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    37000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37000 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • Student Contribution Amount (SCA) for year 1: $7,950 (indicative only)

Living costs for Sydney

1882 - 3547 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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