Admission to the Honours Year

The Honours year can be taken full-time or part-time in one of the following streams: Applied Mathematics, Pure MathematicsStatistics or Physical Oceanography.  For Advanced Mathematics students the Quantitative Risk stream is also available.

If you are an Advanced Mathematics or Advanced Science student then the Honours year is built in to your degree. All other students will have to enrol in a new stand-alone Honours year (program 4500).  See the section on How to Apply, below.

Entry requirements

To enter Honours in Mathematics or Statistics, students must have either:

  • Completed a Mathematics or Statistics major in the Science and/or Advanced Science program, including at least 30 units of credit in Level III Mathematics; or
  • Completed Stage 3 of one of the plans in the Advanced Mathematics, or the Physical Oceanography plan in the Advanced Science program; or
  • Completed a suitable Mathematics or Statistics degree at another university.

In addition, students will normally be required to have:

  • An average above 70% in their Level III Mathematics courses
  • An average above 70% in core Level III Mathematics courses for the specilisation in which they will undertake Honours.
    • For Applied Mathematics, these core courses will be determined in consultation with the Applied Honours Coordinator.
    • For Pure Mathematics, these courses are MATH3611, MATH3701, and MATH3711.
    • For Statistics, these core courses are those in the Statistics major.

With the permission of the Head of School (or Honours Coordinator) a student may be allowed into Honours without having satisfied the specific departmental requirements, and instead have shown some evidence of the ability to undertake independent study. Students must also have permission of the appropriate Honours Coordinator.

To obtain this permission, you should, as early as possible, consult with the appropriate Honours Coordinator:

Applied Mathematics - Dr Shane Keating (Room RC-2081)

Pure Mathematics - Dr Pinhas Grossman (Room RC-6112A)

Statistics - Dr Feng Chen (Room RC-1031)

In order that you have sufficient background to attempt the courses in the Honours year, it is recommended that you discuss your selection of Level III courses with your Honours Coordinator or another academic adviser.

The programs of many of our students (such as joint degree students) require careful planning, so please drop by and see one of the coordinators for a chat whenever you need advice - even if your Honours year is many years away.

Other students who are sufficiently well prepared may enrol in individual Honours courses under the course number.

How to apply?

If you are a current UNSW student in an embedded Honours Program such as Advanced Maths, and you wish to start your Honours  you must apply by completing the Intention to Undetrtake Honours form (see below). There are two rounds, depending on which semester you would like to begin your Honours year.

In the semester before you begin honours (May for an S2 start, September for a S1 start) contact academics whose research you are interested in to discuss possible projects.

You will need to nominate three project choices, so you should talk to several supervisors.

Before the end of week 13 of the semester, complete and submit the online “Intention to undertake honours form” to the Science Student Office.

If you are enrolled into the Bachelor of Science, or have graduated from another university, you also need to apply for the one-year degree Bachelor of Science (Honours) using UNSW’s “Apply Online” system.

Assistance with research projects and supervisors please contact the appropriate Honours Co-ordinator.

Entry for students outside of UNSW

Students who are interested in transferring to UNSW to complete or undertake their Honours year should consult the appropriate Honours co-ordinator as soon as possible to ascertain whether this is feasible. Because our Honours courses are based around the background knowledge obtained in the first three years of the UNSW degree, even students with excellent 3 year degrees from elsewhere sometimes lack the background to attempt a full quota of courses. In such cases we often recommend that students complete an extra semester at UNSW before starting Honours in order to fill in some of the missing prerequisites.

Even if you were a UNSW student, if it has been six months since you finished your undergraduate degree then you will need to re-apply for admission to UNSW.