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April 2018

Honours students

Honours in the School of Mathematical Sciences is a flexible one-year program to be taken in one of the disciplines of Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics, or jointly between two of these disciplines. The program consists of both lectured subjects and a project assessed by a written thesis and seminar presentation.

Being an Honours student is quite different from being an undergraduate. Honours students will begin to develop research skills and take on more responsibility for managing their studies and independent learning. Typically we have 10–15 Honours students each year. Each student is allocated their own desk in shared offices within the School and additional privileges including access to the staff common room and computing facilities.

Benefits of further study

For students intending to join the workforce, completing an honours degree greatly increases your employability, your starting and continuing salaries, and job mobility. Recent honours graduates of ours are working with the Defence Sciences and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Australian Bureau of Statistics, pharmaceutical companies, traffic and transport consultants, the Commonwealth Bank, the Adelaide City Council, computer software companies and many other employers.

The Honours program is also an attractive option for potential teachers. A number of our recent Honours graduates have gone on to complete a Graduate Diplomas of Education which, together with the mathematical science training from the Honours program, is an excellent pathway to a career in education.

The Honours program is particularly important for students who wish to continue on to do research in any area of mathematics and statistics. An Honours degree is usually a prerequisite for admittance into a PhD program. Our Honours graduates have been accepted for PhD programs at major universities around the world.

As well as broadening your career prospects, Honours will allow you to study some of the most recent advances in mathematics, at levels only touched upon by undergraduate study. You will learn mathematical techniques for the new millennium, and hence the start of the pathways into modern mathematics and statistics and their applications: finance, information technology, information security, telecommunications, pharmaceutical trials, bioinformatics, fluid mechanics, quantum and relativistic physics, medical imaging and more.

Enrollment information

The basic prerequisites for undertaking Honours studies in Mathematical Sciences are at least 12 units from Level III Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics courses at credit standard or better. For Honours in a single discipline there may be specific prerequisites which the Heads of Discipline or Honours Coordinator can explain. Students with other backgrounds of third year subjects may be accepted at the discretion of the Head of School.

If you are interested in doing Honours please complete an application form, and submit it to the School of Mathematical Sciences Office (Level 6, Innova 21). Students at the University of Adelaide who have satisfied the entry requirements for Honours will automatically receive an invitation to apply for Honours.

Barry Cox
Coordinator of Honours Studies

Honours courses

The School offers several courses at Honours level. Students may also take some Level III courses and Honours subjects from outside the School, for example in Computer Science and Physics and Mathematical Physics. Joint Honours degrees with some Disciplines outside the School are possible.

Honours projects

A main part of your Honours program is the completion of an Honours project. This is a wonderful opportunity to focus on an area which is of direct interest to you, and study it intensively. The Honours project culminates in a written thesis, and seminar presentation. During the one-year project, you will work closely with a project supervisor, who will also advise you on the best choice of courses relevant to your area of interest. A list of potential supervisors, and descriptions of available projects, appears below:

Projects choices are not restricted to those listed. If you already have a particular project in mind, discuss this with members of staff whose interests match your own.

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Honours graduates

Thesis titleStudentYear
Simulations of fluid mixing in batch stirring devices using smoothed particle hydrodynamics and St... 2012
Plucker Coordinates and the Klein QuadricKate Richter2012
Iodine deficiency and its effect on the neurodevelopment of children at 18 months of age 2011
Quantifying evenly distributed states 2011
Belyi's theorem 2011
Multivariate analysis of trace elements in pyrite 2011
Modelling infectious diseases with cellular automatonAxel Ahmer2011
Real numbersBrett Argent2011
Amphibious assault planning: two-dimensional bin packing with rotation and priorityMatthew Bland2011
The classification of semisimple Lie algebrasDale Buttfield2011
Mathematical models of neuron firingSophie Calabretto2011
Planetary motion: a historical perspectiveHowie Chu2011
A geometric approach to modelling carbon nanotubesBonnie Hasselgrove2011
Accumulated reward in Markov reward modelsKate Menzel2011
The Bruck-Bose constructionSylvia Ozols2011
Constructing constant scalar curvature metrics on surfacesKyle Talbot2011
Dynamics of small rings of weakly coupled neural oscillatorsGeoffrey Tinagli2011
Birkhoff decomposition applied to holomorphic bundlesHiroaki Tojo2011
Hypersonic boundary layer stability theoryAdam Tunney2011
Birkhoff factorisation applied to holomorphic bundles 2011
The Oka Principle for Riemann SurfacesMichael Albanese2010
Tannaka-Krein DualityMichael McInerney2010
Modelling survival of older Australians: the Australian Longitudinal Study of AgeingCaroline Samuels2010
Fluid Flow in Helical ChannelsHayden Tronnolone2010
The Uniformisation Theorem 2009
The Congruent Number ProbemAmy Batsiokis2009
Quantifying the urban heat island effect on Adelaide's coastlineBill Becker2009
Graphical models for discrete and continuous multivariate dataRenee Iannotti2009
The Mathieu GroupsSimon Williams2009
Clustering for large, messy data setsYasmine Flint2009
On compact, simply connected, smooth four-manifolds with definite intersection formEdward Ross2009
Analysis and implementation of smoothed particle hydrodynamics 2009
The Morris-Lecar neuron model: from neuron to networks Minh-Son To2009
The flapping paddle mixer Edward Bihari2008
Getting the most from a multi-skilled workforce 2008
A history of Algebra Benjamin Ashley2008
Two stage sampling with application to the wine industry Helena Billington2008
The classification of surfaces Mark Bott2008
Recovering sparse vectors exactly from few linear measurements Rhys Bowden2008
The presheaf category of Dessins d'Enfants Patrick Coleman2008
Pre-processing of Proteomic Mass Spectra Christopher Davies2008
Weaving through the braids James Foley2008
Complex tori Michael Foster2008
Groundwater contamination and salt intrusion Gemma Hansen2008
Presentations of Groups in terms of Generators and Relators Daniel Harvey2008
Duckworth Lewis, Run out? Julia Piotto2008
Modelling Oxygen Consumption: A Valuable Tool in Reproductive Biology Adela Tashkent2008
Investigating power laws in internet AS toplogy Zane Van de Meulen-Graaf2008
Random Fibonacci Sequences George Young2008
The polynomial reconstruction problem Naomi Benger2007
Gains, claims and pains: Mathematical and Statistical Problems in Occupational Health and Safety Samuel Cohen2007
A generalised meta-analysis: social networks association to mortality Daniel Oehm2007
FOXP3 and regulatory T cells: A meta-analysis of microarray data Stephen Pederson2007
Survival analysis in breast cancer John Russell2007
Symmetries on Manifolds Chaitanya Shettigara2007
Public key cryptography using discrete logarithms in finite fields: algorithms, efficient implementa...Luke Maurtis2006
WaveletsFergus Mills2006
Using linear models to estimate home ground advantage of Australian Football League teams 2006
Mathematical Modelling of Oxygen Consumption by Embryos Kylie Hogan2006
Estimating influenza-associated mortality in Australia Hannah Murdoch2006
Shabat polynomials Edward Watts2006
Optimal locations of fire stations across the MFS/CFS boundary in Adelaide, South Australia Craig Wegener 2006
Metarouting An Duy Phan2005
An introduction to equivariant Cohomology Richard Green2005