• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anand Deopurkar
    • EmPr John Urbas
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

This is an in-person course. Contact your course convener or supervisor to see if your project can be undertaken remotely

Special topics aimed at developing the skills to understand and communicate contemporary mathematics and its applications. Topics vary from semester to semester and will be listed on the Maths Special Topics page by O-week. Please contact the course convener for more details.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate the capacity for mathematical reasoning through analysing, proving, and explaining concepts from the mathematical sciences.
  2. Be able to critically read journal articles in the mathematical sciences.
  3. Accurately and efficiently use specific techniques from the mathematical sciences.
  4. Explain fundamental concepts of a special topic and its role in modern mathematics and its applications.

Other Information

The topics offered vary from semester to semester. Please check the course website or contact the MSI Masters Program Convener for semester specific details.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will be based on a student-customised set of assessment tasks relevant to the topic(s) being studied. An example of assessment structure is below. Weighting is negotiated in the first week of class. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Written assignments (null) [LO null]
  3. Presentations (null) [LO null]
  4. Project report (null) [LO null]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Approximately 130 hours (per 6 units of enrolment) of total student learning, which includes regular meetings, independent reading, writing, and research, and other tasks suitable for the topic(s) being studied.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Mathematical Sciences Institute to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in this course, you must be active in the Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences, or the Master of Science (Advanced) in Mathematical Sciences.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3078 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6078 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A
7646 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A
7647 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A
7648 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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