Each October we hold a special Honours info session as part of Advanced Mathematics Day.
The 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19, but we didn't want you to miss out - so we’ve prepared some info below covering the Honours year.
This info is tailored to students on the brink of entering the Honours year, or those in earlier years who are already thinking ahead to Honours.
Welcome and overview of the Honours Year
Dr Shane Keating (former Honours Director)
Choosing Your Honours Project
Browse available Honours project topics in the below categories:
Frequently Asked Questions
More info about the Honours Year
- Visit our Honours Year webpage for info including courses, scholarships, Honours streams and details about the Honours thesis.
to our winners of the 2021 School of Mathematics and Statistics Advanced Maths Honours Scholarship!
Jodie is a third year Advanced Maths student.
Ethan is a fourth year Advanced Maths /
The Honours Year, in the words of our grads:
Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)/Commerce - Honours in Applied Mathematics
Completing my Honours in mathematics gave me the opportunity to really delve deep into a topic that I was passionate about.
In the earlier years of my degree, I was exposed to a broad range of mathematical concepts, drawing on things only touched upon in high school. In the upper years, I was then able to choose which part of math really interested me and hone in on my skills by completing focused subjects in the area. The small classes and dedicated time with the academics meant that I was always able to achieve a deeper level of understanding, even with the trickier concepts.
After reaching out to an industry contact, I was able to obtain a data set and choose my own Honours topic, 'Using Random Forests to predict loan default'. Throughout the thesis year, I received amazing support from my supervisor, who always had time to sit with me and nut out any tricky problems along the way. The logic and problem-solving skills I acquired throughout my degree gave me the ability to begin in whatever role I wanted after graduating, and I chose to begin as a Management Consultant at Ernst & Young.
Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced) - Honours in Pure Mathematics
The Honours year is a great opportunity to expand your skillset, introduce yourself to research, and learn about topics in mathematics that you are passionate about.
In the third level courses, you only scratch the surface of different branches of mathematics, but the Honours level courses allow you to fall down the rabbit hole. They are extremely specialised and interesting, and you will want to do as many as you can relating to your project. Though some courses only run every two years, you do have the option of taking these courses before Honours if you meet the prerequisites, or can convince the course authority to run a reading/external course. I maintain that doing a reading course was the best choice I made during my Honours.
The other big component, of course, is your thesis. This is a great responsibility and a chance to take the reins of a mammoth task, and the sooner you get started, the smoother it will be. Though stressful at times, I had fun writing my thesis. Telling a story and adding some humour helps the thesis write itself. Also, funny or relevant epigraphs are always a win.
Degree: BSci in Mathematics and Statistics - Honours in Statistics
After finishing my undergraduate courses, I felt I had an understanding of the fundamentals but still wanted to learn more. The Honours year allowed me to specialise, learn something new, and revisit content at a much greater depth.
The thesis project was a great opportunity to research and learn something that I was interested in. Towards the end of my undergraduate program, I was curious about neural networks and machine learning. I consulted with potential supervisors and found a project involving image recognition algorithms for MRI. I was able to study the underlying mathematics, and build and apply my own algorithms in collaboration with the Neuroscience department. I never thought I'd be learning about the brain in a maths degree!
It was also a chance to learn valuable skills. I was introduced to academic writing and presenting, with readily available support from my supervisor and peers. The course offering is very wide and allowed me to specialise and follow my interests at depth. The Honours year was a fantastic program and I highly recommend it to any student with a passion for mathematics.