Bachelor of Science (Honours)

button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Bachelor of Science (Honours) is for students who have an undergraduate qualification in applied mathematics or computer science, and want to enhance their bachelor’s qualification through further study. The programme will prepare you for higher-level careers or postgraduate research in a master’s degree or PhD.

Papers in your first semester focus on the latest developments in applied mathematics or computer science – including modelling, statistics, optimisation and operation research, system development, computer graphics and high performance computing. You can specialise in applied mathematics or computer science.

In the second semester you will complete an honours dissertation. This is an independent small-scale research project on a scientific topic. We have strong links with key industry organisations, and many of our students complete their research project in collaboration with an industry partner.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1040
Level: 8
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Career opportunities

Bachelor of Science (Honours) graduates will have advanced knowledge and capabilities in a specialised field of applied mathematics or computer science. They will have the ability to undertake advanced independent research and will be prepared for further postgraduate study at masters or doctoral level.

Some of the career opportunities include:

  • Actuary
  • Computer game and 3D graphics programmer
  • Cryptographer and security analyst
  • Financial and quantitative analyst
  • Industrial engineering scientist
  • Java EE or .NET software developer
  • Mobile computer systems developer
  • Research analyst and associate
  • Systems architect/designer
  • Technical software developer

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) an applicant must have completed the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science with a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7, or equivalent.

A Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form)

Guidelines to entry


The degree consists of papers (75 points) and a dissertation (45 points), where you undertake a supervised research project, sometimes in collaboration with an industry partner. This provides you with both research and real work experience.

Complete the following paper
COMP811 Research Methods (15 points)

Choose 60 points from
ASTR800 Advanced Topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics
COMP800 Neuroinformatics (15 points)
COMP807 Algorithms, Graphs and Combinatorics (15 points)
COMP808 Logic, Games and Automata (15 points) 
COMP809 Data Mining and Machine Learning (15 points)
COMP810 Data Warehousing and Big Data (15 points)
COMP813 Artificial Intelligence (15 points)
COMP815 Nature Inspired Computing (15 points)
COMP826 Mobile System Development (15 points) 
COMP827 Advanced Computer Graphics (15 points)
COMP835 Server System Development (15 points)
COMP840 Specialist Topic A* (15 points) 
COMP841 Specialist Topic B* (15 points)
MATH800 Advanced Topics in Applied Mathematics (15 points)
MATH803 Mathematical Modelling and Simulation (15 points)
MATH804 Financial Models and Decision Analysis (15 points)
MATH805 Advanced Numerical Analysis (15 points)
STAT800 Stochastic Modelling (15 points)
STAT801 Multivariate Analysis (15 points)
STAT802 Advanced Topics in Analytics (15 points)
STAT803 Official Statistics
STAT804 Optimisation and Operations Research (15 points)

Or other postgraduate papers in a related subject with the approval of the programme leader.

And complete a dissertation
COMP896 Dissertation (45 points)

MATH896 Dissertation (45 points)

*Enrolment subject to approval of the programme leader.

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers
(not all papers listed above will be open for enrolment in a given year).

Please contact the Programme Administrator for programme information.

Last updated: 08-Feb-2018 2.25pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.