School of Mathematics and Statistics



You are encouraged to see the Honours Co-ordinator to discuss your possible program as early as possible.

Complete the Honours Application Form from the Student Administration website and submit to the Honours Co-ordinator.

Honours Co-ordinator

A/Prof John Lau
Telephone (+61 8) 6488 3371


The Semester 1,2018 Timetable is available. 

  • Project and supervisor selected
    Week 1 of your first semester
  • Submission of dissertation
    Week 11 of your second semester (New courses)
  • Seminars
    Week 13 of your second semester


The study of mathematics at Honours level will help you develop the skills required for independent and original research.

Your supervised research project will develop your ability to think rigorously and logically while teaching you how to tackle problems with insight and imagination. 

  1. Outcomes
  2. Entry into Honours
  3. Standard Honours program


Graduating with Honours allows you to be eligible to go on to postgraduate research.

It is expected that after completing your Honours project you will have:

  • obtained an understanding of research methods in an area of mathematics or statistics
  • developed the confidence and ability to work independently
  • learned to evaluate relevant literature and incorporate it appropriately when introducing the background to a piece of work
  • developed the ability to communicate technical ideas effectively, both in your writing and also in an oral/visual presentation

Employers value the additional skills gained during Honours study, so completion of the Honours program should also enhance job your prospects.

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Entry into Honours

To be eligible for entry into Honours, you must have obtained an average mark of at least 65% in the level 3 units of your mathematics major.

Most students taking Honours do so during their fourth year of study at UWA.

However, BSc/BE students (and some other combined course students) may take an Honours degree in Mathematics or Statistics by including an extra year in their course, usually as the 4th, 5th or the 6th year.

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Standard Honours program

The Honours year officially begins on Day 1 of Semester, there will be:

  • Meeting of all Honours students and lecturing staff to organise the lecture timetable
  • Start of Scientific Communication Course (compulsory) to help with the writing of the dissertation

Honours project and dissertation

Areas of study

New Courses

 In the Honours year a student has to specialise in one of:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematical Physics

Old Courses

In the Honours year a student may specialise in one of:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Operations Research
  • Pure Mathematics

It is possible to take the more general Honours in Mathematical Sciences degree.

Lecture sub-units

New Courses

As well as the supervised project and dissertation the Honours year includes four lecture units.

The units must satisfy the rules explained in according to your chosen specialisation.

Old Courses

As well as the supervised project and dissertation the Honours year includes five lecture sub-units.

The sub-units must be chosen to comply with the following conditions:

  1. For a student electing to specialise in one area, at least three of the five sub-units should be chosen within that area. At least two of those three must be fourth year sub-units.
  2. Any of the units or sub-units referred to above may be replaced by a suitable unit outside the School of Mathematics and Statistics with the approval of the Head of School.

Choice of lecture topics

  • Review the list of the fourth year (Honours) units.
  • Each of the Honours lecture units consists of one semester of up to three class hours per week.
  • Overloading is not allowed.

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1.       Alec Boyd Scholarship of $3,000 is offered by the School of Mathematics and Statistics to the best female student commencing honours in Pure Mathematics, who has the highest aggregate mark in mathematics units taken in the course that qualified her for admission to the honours programme. For more information see

2.       The SSAI Scholarship is available to honours students in Statistics. One award to the value of $800 or, in exceptional circumstances, two awards to the  value of $400  each, plus free membership to the Society is available each year. For more information please see

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