Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

The Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences is New Zealand’s only computing and mathematical science degree taught over four years. That extra year gives you the chance to drill more deeply into your specialist area and add papers that will complement your main focus.

Kerry Arts

Computer Science
Recent University of Waikato Computer Science graduate Kerry Arts, is enjoying his role as a software engineer for Smartrak Ltd in Hamilton.

Christie Davis

Computer Science
For Christie Davis, the aim of all the hours of hard work she puts into training is part of a plan to be the best she can possibly be. She's on the right track - she picked up two silvers at the New Zealand National champs in February and was a part of the New Zealand U23 team in 2015.

Jarrod Dickinson

Computer Science
If you have a passion for technology then definitely study at Waikato. They have an amazing faculty with expert lecturers who will help set you up for a career in the technology sector.

Carly Hona

Computer Science
I can’t believe how many doors have opened for me since I started my degree.

Rebekka Marsh

Computer Science
After completing her BCMS(Hons) degree in Computer Science, Rebekka began working on a Student Management System project at the University of Waikato.

Steven McTainsh

Computer Science
Steven's role as a Mobile and Web Developer for Wellington company Alphero, involves developing iPhone and iPad apps, as well as mobile websites for clients like TVNZ, State Insurance, Westpac New Zealand and Vodafone.

Korii Scrivener

Computer Science
As part of the Woodside Graduate Programme, Korii has been rotating around the company gaining hands-on experience.

Carlin St Pierre

Computer Science
Being awarded one of ten Computer Science Fees Scholarships in his first year set Carlin St Pierre up for success.

Jojo Stewart

Computer Science
A highlight for Jojo Stewart has been the opportunity to visit schools with her tutor and 'spread the word' to students – particularly girls – about studying computer science.

Declan ter Veer-Burke

Computer Science
University of Waikato graduate Declan ter Veer-Burke is enjoying the fantastic work atmosphere at Enlighten Designs, where he turning customers' ideas into working software.

Gabe Young

Computer Science
Gabe completed his BCMS (First Class Honours) in 2011 and went to work at Microsoft HQ in Seattle, USA.

First-year papers are common to all Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (BCMS) majors. Because the first three years of the BCMS are very similar to the Bachelor of Science (BSc), you can choose when you graduate. You have the option to graduate after three years with a BSc or stay on for an extra year and complete your BCMS.

The BCMS will equip you with the technical, business and practical skills for a career in a field of numerous international opportunities.

The BCMS is taught by some of New Zealand's leading computing and mathematics researchers, who are kept close to local and international industry developments through regular research and consulting work. We regularly update our papers to reflect this changing environment and match our programmes to Faculty expertise.

Computing facilities at Waikato

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing. You will also have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.

 Career opportunities

  • Business Analysis
  • Computer Animator
  • Mathematical Modeller
  • Network Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Designer
  • Usability Designer
  • Web Architect
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Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Years 4
Points 480
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $6,786 per year
International Fees $27,975 per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.


These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Animal Behaviour
Applied Computing
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Creative Practices
Creative Technologies
Design Media
Earth Sciences
Education and Society
Electronic Business
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences
Human Development
Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
International Languages and Cultures
Labour Studies
Leadership Communication
Maori Media and Communication
Materials and Processing
Māori and Pacific Development
Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Political Science
Population Studies
Public Policy
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Policy
Sport, Health and Human Performance
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Studies

Conjoint degree options

This degree can also be taken as a conjoint.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship

For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (FCMS), applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and who are currently enrolled full-time in FCMS.

Closing Date: 2017-07-31 23:59:00

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 and who are studying at a New Zealand High School. Students should be intending to enrol in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Students will sit a Scholarship exam. The exam will be held on 20 and 21 October 2017.

Closing Date: 2017-09-22 17:00:00

FCMS Summer Project Scholarships

This is by nomination only. Nominees must be high achieving undergraduate students currently enrolled part- or full-time in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. It supports a ten-week period of full-time project work during the summer break. The Scholarships will have a value of $5,000. Interested students should contact FCMS for further information.

Closing Date: 2015-10-16 23:59:00

Mathematics Fees Scholarship

For students intending to enrol full-time in the first year of an undergraduate degree, majoring in Mathematics, in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. Students will sit a Scholarship exam. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $5,000.

Closing Date: 2025-12-31 23:59:00

Honours programme

If you achieve good results in your first three years, you may be admitted into the BCMS(Hons) programme for your fourth year.

Practical experience

If you are excelling in your studies, there may be opportunities for you to gain practical experience and industry connections through a summer project where you can work during the summer in the research labs.

You're eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences if you have University Entrance, or its equivalent. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the paper catalogue carefully. If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field. The catalogue of papers can be found at


Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences:

Phone: +64 7 838 4322 / 0800 924 528

Degree Structure

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Intro to Computer Science 1
Intro to Computer Science 2
Intro to Calculus
Intro to Algebra
200 LEVEL *200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
Intro to Statistical Methods
100 LEVEL *200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL 400 LEVEL **
100 LEVEL *400 LEVEL
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Elective Paper

^ This paper is optional for students majoring in Mathematics

## This paper is optional for students majoring in Computing Science

* Must be from a subject outside the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

** Compulsory: Directed study investigation

Note: Students enrolled in the BCMS (Hons) must complete 120 points at 500 level including either COMP520 or MATH520 and take just 120 points at 200 level.