Statistics are used in all areas of the sciences and social sciences, and underlie the making of scientific inferences under uncertainty. In studying statistics, you will look at the areas of probability and theoretical and applied statistics, and the application of these methods in a number of areas of science. You will also learn about the design of experiments and sample surveys, and all problems of data analysis.

The honours year

The School of Mathematics and Statistics offers an honours program in statistics for eligible students.

In the statistics honours program, you will undertake a major research project in a specialised area of statistics, under the direction of a supervisor who is expert in your selected topic and can guide you throughout your research. You will submit a thesis embodying the results of your investigation and undertake coursework involving attendance at lectures or seminars.

You can either develop your own research topic or become part of a larger research project already happening in the school. Active research areas in statistics include applied probability, modelling and inference, asymptotic methods, bioinformatics, computational statistics, extreme value theory, and time series and stochastic processes.

Workload and assessment

In the honours year in statistics you will undertake six units throughout the year (60 per cent of assessment) and a project consisting of an essay of around 60 pages and a half-hour presentation (40 per cent).

Honours projects

Honours research opportunities in statistics are available to you as part of larger academic projects being undertaken by our academic staff, or you may wish to suggest your own topic:

See for more information about the different research groups in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Related subject areas

Financial Mathematics and Statistics

Our courses that offer this honours subject area

Not available in 2014