COMPH13978 Computer Science Honours

University of New South Wales

School of Computer Science and Engineering


The Computer Science Honours program is a one year full-time or two year part-time program. It is typically undertaken after completing the requirements for The University of New South Wales Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Arts degree, having satisfied the various Computer Science prerequisites specified below. Applicants from other universities who have majored in computer science and obtained the equivalent of a 65 average are also eligible.

Entry to the honours program is by application to the Honours coordinator. Normally, students are expected to have attained a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 to qualify for entry to the honours year. Students who do not meet this expectation may be admitted in special circumstances.

You cannot use the university's on-line system to transfer to computer science honours. An application form is here. Specify COMPH13978 (Computer Science Honours) as your proposed study plan.

You should talk to prospective supervisors about projects as soon as possible, or you may find that the project that interests you has been taken by another student.

Students who have graduated with a three year computer science degree from this or another university can apply for honours, but must instead fill out an ``Application for admission to an honours program''. This is so the university can make you an offer of admission.

In 2007, Computer Science Program Director is

Dr Tim Lambert, Room K17 510B (9385-6496) (email lambert.cs AT

Goals and Objectives of Honours

The goals of the program are to:

In attaining these goals the following objectives are considered important:

The Honours Year

The honours year has two components:

Students who attain a 1st Class, or 2nd Class Division 1 Honours degree are eligible for direct entry to a PhD or research Masters programs at most Australian universities. An award of 1st Class Honours is required for a successful application for an APA (Australian Postgraduate Award), worth approximately $16,000 per annum, to pursue a higher degree, providing the candidate is eligible for such an award.


The honours year starts on Monday, 26th Feb 2007.

Formal Course Work

Every student is expected to undertake five courses, at least three of should be level IV. Level IV courses have numbers like COMP4xxx or COMP9xxx (except that COMP9xxx courses that have a COMP3xxx equivalent course are level III).

Two of the five courses can be a level III computer science. Normally, four of these courses should be completed in Session 1, and one in Session 2.

Advanced lecture courses from other Schools may be substituted for computer science courses with the permission of the honours coordinator.

The details of each course appear in the Undergraduate handbook and are also available on the web.

The Thesis Project

The thesis project consists of the two courses COMP4910 (session 1) and COMP4911 (session 2). You can obtain a list of projects from the school office or the web.

You should consult the thesis home page to learn what the requirements for the thesis are.

Honours Year Assessment

Honours grading is based on the weighted average mark (WAM) of all the courses in your honours year or all the courses in all four years of your degree, whichever one gives a higher grade of honours. Courses are weighted by their unit value.

Honours 4 year WAM honours year WAM
Medal 85 88
1 76 79
2/1 69 72
2/2 65 68
To receive the medal, the thesis must also be outstanding (typically 90+).


You can apply for admission to honours before you have completed third year if you wish. (This is sometimes needed so students can extend their visas.) If you are admitted early, you must maintain a 65 average or you will be put back into the computer science major study plan.

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