• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Science More...
  • Specialisation code MAAC-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Mathematical Applications and Computations specialisation is for students who wish to apply mathematics to a given field and are interested in undertaking an independent research project under the direction of a supervisor. The honours specialisation is usually taken full time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training, in-depth analysis of contemporary topics, and a substantial research project culminating in the production of a thesis.  The specialisation is a solid foundation in the application of mathematics and can provide a pathway to a PhD or an entry into a career. A key requirement for future scientists, industry leaders, resource managers and policy makers is an ability to build and evaluate simulations that allow us to better understand real life events.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.       Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge in an area of mathematics.

2.       Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts in mathematics and their application to a cognate discipline

3.       Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analysing, testing, and explaining concepts from the chosen research area.

4.       Communicate and explain complex concepts clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Other Information

The assessment aligns with the learning outcomes and includes

24 units of honours level coursework (4 x 6 units, 50%, LO 2, 3, 4)

Research Thesis (47%, LO 1, 2, 3, 4,)

Research Presentations (3­%, LO 1, 4)

Up to two 4000 coded courses from a cognate discipline with the approval of the convenor

6000 or 8000 coded mathematics courses with the approval of the convenor

MATH4201 and MATH4349 may be repeated for credit with a transcript notation to indicate the topic.

Areas of Interest

  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Engineering
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Admission Requirements

Satisfaction of the admission requirements described in the relevant honours plan with at least:

  • 8 2000- and 3000- level courses in the subject area with at least 4 3000-level courses or equivalent
  • and with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project.


This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
MATH4009 Thesis and Presentations in Mathematical Applications and Computations 6-24

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

4000-level courses from the subject area MATH Mathematics

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