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Honours graduates are highly valued by employers and are suitably prepared to proceed to postgraduate studies.

Honours in the School of Mathematical Sciences is a flexible one-year program to be taken in one of the disciplines of applied mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics, or jointly between two of these disciplines. The program consists of both lectured subjects and a project assessed by a written thesis and seminar presentation.

Being an honours student is quite different from being an undergraduate. Honours students will begin to develop research skills and take on more responsibility for managing their studies and independent learning. Each student is allocated their own desk in shared offices within the school and additional privileges, including access to the staff common room and computing facilities.

The Honours Coordinators are A/Prof. David Clements and Dr Danny Stevenson.

  • Why Study Honours?

    For students intending to join the workforce, completing an honours degree greatly increases your employment prospects, your starting and continuing salaries, and job mobility. Recent honours graduates are working with the Defence Sciences and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Australian Bureau of Statistics, pharmaceutical companies, traffic and transport consultants, the Commonwealth Bank, the Adelaide City Council, computer software companies and many other employers. The honours program is also an attractive option for potential teachers.

    A number of recent honours graduates have gone on to complete Graduate Diplomas of Education which, together with the mathematical science training from the honours program, is an excellent pathway to a career in education.

    The honours program is particularly important for students who wish to continue on to do research in any area of mathematics and statistics. An honours degree is usually a prerequisite for admittance into a PhD program. Our honours graduates have been accepted for PhD programs at major universities around the world.

    As well as broadening your career prospects, honours will allow you to study some of the most recent advances in mathematics, at levels only touched upon by undergraduate study. You will learn mathematical techniques for the new millennium, and hence the start of the pathways into modern mathematics and statistics and their applications: finance, information technology, information security, telecommunications, pharmaceutical trials, bioinformatics, fluid mechanics, quantum and relativistic physics, medical imaging and more.

  • Who Can Study Honours?

    The basic prerequisites for undertaking honours studies in mathematical sciences are at least 12 units from Level III Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics courses at credit standard or better. For honours in a single discipline there may be specific prerequisites that the Honours Coordinator can explain. Students with other backgrounds of third year subjects may be accepted at the discretion of the Head of School.

  • Degree Finder

    The School of Mathematical Sciences offers the following honours degree options:

    Degree Options
    Honours Degree of Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences View
    Honours Degree of Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences View
  • How to Apply

    If you are interested in an honours degree, please complete an Expression of Interest form, and submit it to the School of Mathematical Sciences Office (Level 6, Ingkarni Wardli), or by email. Students at the University of Adelaide who have satisfied the entry requirements for honours will automatically receive an invitation to apply for honours.

  • Recently Completed Honours Projects
    Recent Honours Projects
    Thomas Dolan Modelling Turbulence with Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Dr Trent Mattner App. Math
    Thomas Wherry Stochastic Simulation of the Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Dr David Green App. Math
    Kate Attwell Joint Probability Distributions of Tandem Queueing Systems Dr David Green App. Math
    Felix Jones Stability of Delay Differential Equations Dr Sanjeeva Balasuriya App. Math
    Max Glonek Multifactor dimensionality reduction with application to pain severity of Fibromyalgia Syndrome patients Dr Jono Tuke Statistics
    Wi Him (Thomas) Pun Multilevel and Bayesian models for the analysis of mass spectrometry data Prof. Patty Solomon Statistics
    Ho Ka (Henry) Ng Classification of closed surfaces via Morse Theory A/Prof Nicholas Buchdahl Pure Math
    Peter Mathews Erlangized Fluid Methods for Evaluating Stochastic Integrals Dr Giang Nguyen App. Math
    Thi Quynh Trang Nguyen Einstein Metrics on Principal Circle Bundles Dr Pedram Hekmati / Dr David Baraglia Pure Math
    Alan Cuthbert Using random forests to investigate an immune system Dr Jono Tuke / Dr J Coller Statistics
    David Caunce Drawing Axisymmteric Fibres A/Prof. Yvonne Stokes App. Math
    Dylan Agnew Quantifying spatial patterning in agent-based models of cell Dr Ben Binder / Dr Ed Green App. Math
    Lewis Gurr-Stephen Biholomorphisms From Finitely Connected Plane Domains Onto Circle Domains A/Prof. Finnur Larusson Pure Math
    Ewan Short Waves in Sea Ice Dr Luke Bennetts App Math
  • More Information

    To find out more about honours in the mathematical sciences, visit Structure of the Honours Year and Possible Honours Topics.

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