Advanced Mathematics (Honours)

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) (Honours) is aimed at high achieving students who wish to specialise in mathematics as a basis for the increasing range of quantitative careers in areas such as finance, environmental modelling and research. It allows you to dive deep into mathematics, from the abstract to the applied.

The degree is structured around three areas of mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, and Advanced Statistics.



Single Degree Structure

When taken as a single degree, the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) (Honours) is made up of 24 courses plus an Honours year, taken over 4 years. Each square below represents a course worth 6 Units of Credit (UoC):

Dual Degree Structure

When taken as a dual degree, the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) is made up of 16 courses plus an Honours year taken concurrently with courses for the ‘other’ degree. Students in a dual degree do not take General Education courses or Free Electives:

How to Choose Courses

All students in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) (Honours) must take the following courses in their first year plus either electives or core courses from their other degree (if in a dual degree):



Remember: you don't declare your major until start Stage 2 courses.

The majors available in Advanced Mathematics are:

Applied Mathematics
Pure Mathematics
Advanced Statistics

If you still have questions about which courses to take, please contact the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

After you have chosen which courses you want to take, check the timetable website to see when they're offered before enrolling via myUNSW.


Science Courses

Science courses are any courses that begin with the codes in the table on the right.

Search the Online Handbook for courses by subject area.

See the 3956 Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) (Honours) program page in the Online Handbook for more details on program structure, rules and requirements.













 A program at UNSW is your degree and will have a four-digit program code (e.g. 3970 Bachelor of Science). 


 A major is a defined sequence of study within a program (e.g. Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry). In some programs, it's possible to do more than one major. 


 All programs and majors at UNSW are made up of courses. Courses are like subjects at school. Each course has an 8-digit course code (e.g. CHEM1011) and usually involve lectures, tutorials and labs. In Science there are 5 types of courses: 


   Core Courses are compulsory courses that must be taken for a program or major. 
   Science Electives are courses that start with the codes listed on Table 1. 
   Free Electives are courses that may be taken from anywhere across the university; either from Science or another Faculty. 
   Recommended Electives are not compulsory but are considered good complimentary courses for a program or major. 
   General Education Courses are courses that must be taken from outside the Faculty of Science (i.e. no courses listed on Table 1 can count as General Education). 


 Science Schools   
 Within each Faculty at UNSW are a number of schools who teach the courses in their area of expertise. In Science, there are 9 schools: 
  • Aviation
  • Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES)
  • Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences (BABS)
  • Chemistry
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Optometry & Vision Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
 The School of Medical Science (which is part of the Faculty of Medicine) also teaches many courses in Science. 


 Units of Credit (UoC)   
 Courses, majors and programs at UNSW are measured in Units of Credit (UoC). Most courses in Science are worth 6 UoC each, and a full-time load is 18 UoC per term (i.e. 3 x courses) or 48 UoC per year (8 x courses). 


 A prerequisite is a course that must be taken before you can enrol in another course. A co-requisite is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course. 


 Assumed Knowledge   
 Assumed Knowledge is the level of understanding you are expected to have before taking a course. Nobody will check that you have the correct level of assumed knowledge, but you will be at a disadvantage if you don't. 
 Bridging Courses are available to if you don’t have sufficient assumed knowledge for the course you want to take.