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Mathematics

Mathematics is a subject of vital importance that underpins many activities of our modern world. Employers recognise University of Waikato Mathematics graduates for their analytical and problem solving skills as well as their high level of numeracy, which are critical skills for a broad range of jobs.

Nick Lim

Master of Science
After completing an Electronic Engineering degree, Nick decided to expand his education experience and come to New Zealand to complete postgraduate research in statistics.


Eli Muller

Master of Science
Physics was Eli's favourite subject all through high school so he didn't find choosing his degree particularly difficult.


Ben O'Neil

Bachelor of Science with Honours
It was the bonus of being able to combine maths and physics and complete a double major in three years with minimal clashes in one degree that brought Ben to the University of Waikato.


Claudia Wu

Bachelor of Science with Honours
University of Waikato Computer Science graduate Claudia Wu spends her days making sense of numbers, to ensure ANZ are lending responsibly.


If you are a graduate with a Mathematics degree, or even with a strong Mathematical component to your degree, you will be a valuable person in today's workforce, with a qualification that appeals to a wide range of employers including banks, insurance companies, schools and government departments.

There is strong employer demand for Mathematicians, due to a shortage of Mathematics graduates and in particular a critical shortage of Mathematics teachers.

Studying Mathematics in combination with another subject means you can work in a number of different fields, such as Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, Finance, Engineering (Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering), Physics, Electronics, Banking and Meteorology.

Capable students should consider the flexible double major options in Mathematics and Computer Science, or Mathematics and Data Analytics.

Facilities at Waikato

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, and you will have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.

 Career opportunities

  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • IT or Computing Analyst
  • Mathematical Modeller
  • Meteorologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Secondary School Teacher

100 level

Linear Algebra and Statistics for EngineersENGEN18315.0 Points
Calculus for EngineersENGEN18415.0 Points
Introduction to CalculusMATHS10115.0 Points
Introduction to AlgebraMATHS10215.0 Points
Discrete StructuresMATHS13515.0 Points
General MathematicsMATHS16515.0 Points
Management MathematicsMATHS16615.0 Points
Preparatory MathematicsMATHS16815.0 Points
Statistics for ScienceSTATS11115.0 Points
Introduction to Statistical MethodsSTATS12115.0 Points

200 level

Cultural Perspectives for Computing and Mathematical SciencesCSMAX27015.0 Points
Engineering Mathematics 2ENGEN20115.0 Points
Continuing CalculusMATHS20115.0 Points
Linear AlgebraMATHS20215.0 Points
Differential Equations and ModellingMATHS20315.0 Points
Statistical Data AnalysisSTATS22115.0 Points
Bayesian StatisticsSTATS22615.0 Points

300 level

Reasoning about ProgramsCOMP34020.0 Points
Logic and ComputationCOMPX36115.0 Points
Modern AlgebraMATH31020.0 Points
Advanced CalculusMATH31120.0 Points
Topics in Pure MathematicsMATH31920.0 Points
Discrete Mathematics and Number TheoryMATH32020.0 Points
Topics in Applied MathematicsMATH32920.0 Points
Methods of Applied MathematicsMATH33120.0 Points
Classical Field TheoryMATH33320.0 Points
Classical and Quantum MechanicsMATH33420.0 Points
Numerical MathematicsMATH34220.0 Points
Topic in MathematicsMATH38010.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Math) and GradDip(Math)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Mathematics at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the BCMS(Hons), PGCert(Math), PGDip(Math), BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), MA, MSc and MSc (Research)

To complete a BA(Hons) in Mathematics, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally MATH591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Mathematics.

To complete an MA in Mathematics, students must take a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and 60 points in approved 500 level papers.

Candidates for graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Adviser of the Department of Mathematics.

Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Chairperson. To complete a BSc(Hons) in Mathematics, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Mathematics, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally MATH591).

CryptographyCOMP50215.0 Points
Metric SpacesMATH50115.0 Points
Advanced Topics in Pure MathematicsMATH50515.0 Points
CombinatoricsMATH50615.0 Points
Number TheoryMATH50915.0 Points
Semigroups and Universal AlgebraMATH51115.0 Points
Continuous GroupsMATH51215.0 Points
Finite GroupsMATH51315.0 Points
Analytic Number TheoryMATH51515.0 Points
Topics in Discrete MathematicsMATH51615.0 Points
Stochastic Differential Equations with Applications to FinanceMATH51715.0 Points
Rings and ModulesMATH51815.0 Points
Report of an InvestigationMATH52045.0 Points
Classical Partial Differential EquationsMATH54115.0 Points
Advanced Partial Differential EquationsMATH54215.0 Points
Nonlinear Dynamics and ChaosMATH54315.0 Points
Fluid DynamicsMATH55315.0 Points
Astrophysical FluidsMATH55415.0 Points
Advanced Classical MechanicsMATH55515.0 Points
Quantum MechanicsMATH55615.0 Points
Special RelativityMATH56415.0 Points
General RelativityMATH56515.0 Points
Special Topic in Mathematics 1MATH58115.0 Points
Special Topic in Mathematics 2MATH58215.0 Points
DissertationMATH59130.0 Points
DissertationMATH59260.0 Points
Mathematics ThesisMATH59390.0 Points
Mathematics ThesisMATH594120.0 Points
Research Methods in the SciencesSCIE50115.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is an 18 month research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Mathematics MPhil ThesisMATH800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Mathematics PhD ThesisMATH900120.0 Points

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: 2018-03-31 23:59:00

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: 2017-08-24 23:59:00

The A Zulauf Trust Scholarship

For students who are enrolled or intending to enrol full-time in the research portion (i.e. a 90- or 120-point thesis) of their Masters degree in Mathematics in the year of application. It is expected that the bulk of the research will take place in the year of application. The Scholarship has a value of up to $5,000.

Closing Date: 2016-09-30 23:59:00

Contacts

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4322 or +64 7 838 4322
Email: cms@waikato.ac.nz
Website: cms.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoFCMS