• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Specialisation code MATH-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Mathematics Honours specialisation is intended for students who have a foundational knowledge of the 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 Honours specialisation is a solid foundation in the basics of research and can provide either a pathway to a PhD or entry to careers in finance, education, public service, or technology.

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, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.

3.     Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analysing, proving, 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)

Student can apply to enrol in 6000 or 8000 coded mathematics courses with the approval of the convener

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

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Admission Requirements

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

  • Eight 2000 and 3000 – level courses in the subject area mathematics with at least four 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:


MATH4201 Topics in Computational Maths Honours, which may be undertaken more than once, in a different topic in each instance

MATH4349 Special Topics in Mathematics, which may be undertaken more than once, in a different topic in each instance

HONS4600 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the class of Honours and the mark. It will be calculated using the formula: Σ (mark x units) / Σ units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero

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

Code Title Units
MATH4005 Thesis and Presentations in Mathematics 6-24

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

Code Title Units
MATH4201 Topics in Computational Maths Honours 6
MATH4202 Theory of Partial Differential Equations Honours 6
MATH4204 Algebraic Topology Honours 6
MATH4349 Special Topics in Mathematics 6
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