Honours in the School of Mathematics and Statistics
General Information
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.
Students should be aware of the University's plagiarism policy.
Announcements
Master of Philosophy and Honours
As the new Master of Philosophy degree will be commencing in 2016, the Faculty of Science has developed a series of FAQs for students who would like to know more about the pathways to research and the differences between undertaking an Honours program compared to a Master of Philosophy. These FAQs are now available for download and are accessible to students via the following page on the Faculty website.
Applying for Honours
When applying for honours through the faculty of science web interface you will be asked to upload a "proof of contact" / "expression of interest" document. For this purpose, please download and fill the School's Expression of Interest form.
Please keep in mind the Faculty of Science honours application deadlines.
Potential students from other states should be aware of the Honours Relocation Scholarship. This scholarship valued at $6000 is to facilitate students from interstate enrolling in an Honours degree in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney by assisting to defray costs incurred in moving interstate in order to enrol in the Honours year. The student must have a minimum SCIWAM of 80 and with the current terms must be moving from outside of NSW ( terms and conditions of the scholarship).
Program Coordinators
The following people are available to discuss the honours program.
person  office  phone  

Martin Wechselberger (applied) 
Carslaw 628  9351 3860  am4coord@maths.usyd.edu.au 
Laurentiu Paunescu (pure) 
Carslaw 721  9351 2969  pm4coord@maths.usyd.edu.au 
John Ormerod (statistics) 
Carslaw 815  9351 5883  st4coord@maths.usyd.edu.au 
Handbooks
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 (2016, 2017), Pure Mathematics (2016, 2017), and Mathematical Statistics (2016, 2017).
Resources
University of Sydney Honours Scholarships
These $6,000 Honours Scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity.
Writing proficiency
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. 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.
Applied Mathematics
First Semester
 [AMH2] Integrable Systems(Nalini Joshi and Milena Radnovic)
 [AMH4] Advanced Option Pricing(Ben Goldys)
 [AMH5] PDE Models in Mathematical Biology(Peter Kim)
 [AMH9] Geometric Singular Perturbation Theory(Martin Wechselberger)
Second Semester
 [AMH1] Computational Projects in Applied Mathematics(Sheehan Olver)
 [AMH6] Advanced Topics in Fluid Dynamics(Geoff Vasil)
 [AMH7] Backward Stochastic Differential Equations with Applications(Marek Rutkowski)
Pure Mathematics
First Semester
 [PMH1] Algebraic Topology(Ruibin Zhang)
 [PMH2] Commutative Algebra(Oded Yacobi)
 [PMH3] Functional Analysis(Leo Tzou)
 [PMH5] Representation Theory(Anthony Henderson)
Second Semester
 [PMH6] Topology and Geometry of Three Dimensional Manifolds(Stephan Tillmann)
 [PMH7] Riemannian Geometry with Applications to Ricci Flow(Zhou Zhang)
 [PMH8] Spectral Theory and PDEs(Florica Cîrstea)
Mathematical Statistics
First Semester
 [MSH1] Advanced Bayesian Inference(John Ormerod)
 [MSH2] Probability Theory(Neville Weber)
 [MSH4] Fundamentals of Statistical Consulting(Jennifer Chan and Jean Yang)
Second Semester
 [MSH5] Advanced Time Series Analysis and Forecasting Methods AND Extreme Value Theory(Michael Stewart and Shelton Peiris)
 [MSH6] Model Selection AND Generalized Linear Models(Samuel Müller and Jennifer Chan)
 [MSH7] Introduction to Stochastic Calculus with Applications(Qiying Wang)
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 Advanced Collaborative Environment (ACE).
More detailed information about courses and assessment can be obtained from the relevant handbook or program coordinator.
Timetable
Tentative timetable for semester 2, 2016
Last revised 25/10/16
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  

10am 
AMH6 : Lecture AGR Vasil Geoffrey (Wks 79,1113) 
PMH8 : Lecture AGR Cirstea FC 

PMH8 : Lecture AGR Cirstea FC 

11am 
AMH6 : Lecture AGR Vasil Geoffrey (Wks 79,1113) 
PMH7 : Lecture 830 Zhang Z MSH6 : Lecture AGR Chan JS (Wks 89,1113) Mueller S (Wks 17) 



noon 
PMH7 : Lecture 830 Zhang Z (Wks 19,1113) 
AMH7 : Lecture 830 Rutkowski M (Wks 112) 
PMH7 : Lecture 830 
MSH7 : Lecture 830 Wang Q 

1pm 
PMH6 : Lecture 830 Tillmann S (Wks 19,1113) 
AMH7 : Lecture 830 Rutkowski M (Wks 112) 
MSH5 : Lecture 830 Stewart M 
MSH7 : Lecture 830 Wang Q 
AMH6 : Lecture AGR Vasil Geoffrey (Wks 67,9,1113) 
2pm 
PMH6 : Lecture 830 Tillmann S (Wks 19,1113) 
AMH1 : Lecture AGR Olver S 

AMH1 : Lecture AGR Olver S 
AMH6 : Lecture AGR Vasil Geoffrey (Wks 67,9,1113) 
3pm 
MSH5 : Lecture 830 Peiris MS (Wks 19,1113) 
MSH6 : Lecture AGR Chan JS (Wks 56,89,11,13) Mueller S (Wks 14) 
MSH6 : Lecture AGR Mueller S (Week 8) 


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