Honours in the School of Mathematics and Statistics
This page contains brief information on honours in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. Students may take honours in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics. In all cases, assessment is by a combination of coursework (~60%) and a project (~40%). While the three divisions offer courses separately, the honours program is flexible and students are encouraged to consult their program coordinator if they are interested in taking a course from another division. Lists of the lecture courses offered by Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics appear below. More detailed information is available from the program coordinators and the various handbooks.
Students should be aware of the University's plagiarism policy.
Students have the right to appeal any academic decision made by the School or Faculty. For further information, see the Science Faculty web site.
Master of Philosophy and Honours
As the new Master of Philosophy degree commenced in 2016, the Faculty of Science has developed a series of FAQs for students who would like to know more about the pathways to research and the differences between undertaking an Honours program compared to a Master of Philosophy. These FAQs are now available for download and are accessible to students via the following page on the Faculty website.
Applying for Honours
When applying for honours through the faculty of science web interface you will be asked to upload a "proof of contact" / "expression of interest" document. For this purpose, please download and fill the School's Expression of Interest form.
Please keep in mind the Faculty of Science honours application deadlines.
The university offers some scholarships, see the scholarship information for honours students for details.
In particular potential students from other states should be aware of the Honours Relocation Scholarship. This scholarship valued at $6000 is to facilitate students from interstate enrolling in an Honours degree in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney by assisting to defray costs incurred in moving interstate in order to enrol in the Honours year. The student must have a minimum SCIWAM of 80 and with the current terms must be moving from outside of NSW; see the terms of condition.
The following people are available to discuss the honours program.
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The handbooks contain detailed information including assessment details, important dates, course outlines, an outline of the project requirement including a list of possible projects and supervisors. Students should ensure they have a copy of the relevant handbook.
You should start with a general overview of the Honours Program. Then, for more details, consult the handbooks for Honours in Applied Mathematics (2017, 2018), Pure Mathematics (2017, 2018), and Mathematical Statistics (2017, 2018).
University of Sydney Honours Scholarships
These $6,000 Honours Scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity.
The honours essay is also assessed based on the quality of the writing. This does not mean we look for the next Shakespeare however you should make sure you express your ideas in an organized manner using a clear and grammatically correct English. The university offers several resources that can help you achieve this goal. The Learning Centre offers workshops for students that need help with extended written work, and a trove of online resources for improving your writing skills is also available. Make sure you make use of these resources as early as possible as writing skills develop slowly over time and with much practice.
Honours Lecture Courses
Following is a list of honours courses offered by the divisions of Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. Students in Mathematics may also take advanced third year units – see the Senior Mathematics page for a list of these. Consult your program coordinator if you are interested in taking a course from another division.
- [AMH1] Computational Projects in Applied Mathematics(Georg Gottwald)
- [AMH4] Mathematical Biology(Mary Myerscough)
- [AMH6] Asymptotic methods and perturbation theory(Sharon Stephen)
- [AMH9] Random Graphs versus Complex Networks(Eduardo Altmann)
- [AMH2] Integrable Systems(Nalini Joshi and Milena Radnovic)
- [AMH5] Introduction to Optimal Control(Ben Goldys)
- [AMH7] Spectral and Dynamical Stability of Nonlinear Waves(Robert Marangell)
- [PMH1] Algebraic Topology(Kevin Coulembier)
- [PMH2] Commutative Algebra(Michael Ehrig)
- [PMH3] Functional Analysis(Alexander Fish)
- [PMH5] Representation Theory(Anthony Henderson)
- [PMH8] Inverse Problems for Boundary Value Problems(Leo Tzou)
- [PMH7] Riemannian Geometry with Applications to Ricci Flow(Zhou Zhang)
- [PMH4] Algebraic Number Theory(Gus Lehrer)
- [MSH2] Probability Theory(Uri Keich)
- [MSH4] Fundamentals of Statistical Consulting(Jennifer Chan and Ellis Patrick)
- [MSH7] Introduction to Stochastic Calculus with Applications(Ray Kawai)
- [MSH1] Advanced Bayesian Inference and Generalized Linear Models(John Ormerod and Neville Weber)
- [MSH5] Advanced Time Series Analysis and Forecasting Methods AND Bioinformatics(Uri Keich and Shelton Peiris)
- [MSH6] Asymptotics(Qiying Wang)
Subject to the approval of the relevant coordinator, honours students may take courses offered by another division within the School of Mathematics and Statistics, or another School, or even another university. Students are advised to check the courses offered in January at the AMSI Summer School and also courses available via the Advanced Collaborative Environment (ACE).
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