Honours in the School of Mathematics and Statistics
This page contains brief information on honours in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. Students may take honours in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics. In all cases, assessment is by a combination of coursework (~60%) and a project (~40%). While the three divisions offer courses separately, the honours program is flexible and students are encouraged to consult their program coordinator if they are interested in taking a course from another division. Lists of the lecture courses offered by Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics appear below. More detailed information is available from the program coordinators and the various handbooks.
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Applying for Honours
Please keep in mind the Faculty of Science honours application deadlines.
The following people are available to discuss the honours program.
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The handbooks contain detailed information including assessment details, important dates, course outlines, an outline of the project requirement including a list of possible projects and supervisors. Students should ensure they have a copy of the relevant handbook.
You should start with a general overview of the Honours Program. Then, for more details, consult the handbooks for Honours in Applied Mathematics (2014) and Pure Mathematics (2014) and Mathematical Statistics (2014).
The honours essay is also assessed based on the quality of the writing. This does not mean we look for the next Shakespeare however you should make sure you express your ideas in an organized manner using a clear and grammatically correct English. The university offers several resources that can help you achieve this goal. The Learning Centre offers workshops for students that need help with extended written work, and a trove of online resources for improving your writing skills is also available. Make sure you make use of these resources as early as possible as writing skills develop slowly over time and with much practice.
Honours Lecture Courses
Following is a list of honours courses offered by the divisions of Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. Note that this list is current for 2013 and should be considered tentative for 2014. Students in Mathematics may also take advanced third year units – see the Senior Mathematics page for a list of these. Consult your program coordinator if you are interested in taking a course from another division.
- [AMH1] Computational Projects in Applied Mathematics(Sheehan Olver)
- [AMH4] Advanced Option Pricing(Marek Rutkowski)
- [AMH5] PDE Models in Mathematical Biology(Peter Kim)
- [AMH9] Geometric Singular Perturbation Theory(Martin Wechselberger)
- [AMH3] Interest Rate Models(Ben Goldys)
- [AMH7] Advanced Topics in Fluid Dynamics(Geoff Vasil)
- [AMH2] Integrable Systems(Sarah Lobb and Chris Lustri)
- [PMH1] Algebraic Topology(Zhou Zhang)
- [PMH2] Commutative Algebra(Ruibin Zhang)
- [PMH3] Functional Analysis(Alexander Fish)
- [PMH6] Algebraic Curves(Gus Lehrer)
- [PMH9] Lie Algebras(Anthony Henderson)
- [PMH8] Spectral Theory and PDEs(Florica Cîrstea)
- [MSH2] Probability theory(Neville Weber)
- [MSH6] Model Selection and Advanced Bayesian Inference(Samuel Müller and John Ormerod)
- [MSH7] Introduction to Stochastic Calculus with Applications(Qiying Wang)
- [MSH3] Extreme Value Theory/Generalized Linear Models(Michael Stewart and Neville Weber)
- [MSH5] Advanced Time Series Analysis and Forecasting Methods(Shelton Peiris)
- [MSH8] Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics(Uri Keich and Jean Yang)
Subject to the approval of the relevant coordinator, honours students may take courses offered by another division within the School of Mathematics and Statistics, or another School, or even another university. Students are advised to check the courses offered in January at the AMSI Summer School and also courses available via the Access Grid.