Mathematics and statistics

Why study Honours in Mathematics and statistics?

This course allows you to pursue advanced undergraduate studies in mathematics, statistics or both mathematics and statistics. An Honours degree gives you the chance to set your undergraduate qualification apart from other graduates and tailor your own learning.

You can start to specialise in your areas of interests by selecting the subjects you want to study, and the Honours Coordinator will be happy to discuss your choice of subjects with you.

View the College of Science, Health and Engineering Handbook for detailed information on entry requirements, course structure, assessment and potential thesis topics.

Key Centre for Statistical Science

Honours students may choose units offered by the Key Centre for Statistical Science (KCSS) – a collective organisation that includes La Trobe University, Monash University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne.

Career opportunities

There is a worldwide shortage of qualified statisticians. Graduates are prepared for a range of careers that require quantitative skills. Mathematics and statistics play a crucial role in many areas of science including computer science and the life sciences.

Local students


To be eligible for entry into Honours in Mathematics and Statistics, students require a grade average of 70% or more in 60 credit points of MAT3 and/or STA3 units (not including STA3AP) and an average grade of 60% or more across all third year units.  Students achieving this requirement are not necessarily guaranteed entry into the program as places are limited.

Students transferring from other institutions require a 70% average in equivalent subjects.

For students who have not recently completed an undergraduate degree the Postgraduate Diploma of Science offers the same course content. 

How to Apply

Students are required to contact prospective supervisors to discuss research topics before applying. View our research specialisations to see potential topics.

For further information on how to apply contact the Honours coordinator:

Dr Marcel Jackson
Phone +61 3 9479 1570


120 credit points

Fee Type

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There are also a wide range of scholarships available for local students, including an Honours year grant, available to students facing financial hardship.

International students

How to Apply

Students are required to contact prospective supervisors to discuss research topics before applying. View our research specialisations to see potential topics.

For further information on eligibilty and how to apply contact the Honours coordinator

Dr Marcel Jackson
Phone +61 3 9479 1570


120 credit points

Fees and scholarships

Contact La Trobe International for estimated fee costs for international students and scholarship information.

Related study options

Your study experience

AMSI Summer School

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Summer School gives you a chance to build your skills and network with other research students while extending your knowledge in mathematics and statistics.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academic staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View staff in Mathematics and statistics.

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