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BCMS(Hons)
Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours

The Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Honours) 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.

If you enjoy tinkering with technology, designing new things and solving complex problems the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Honours) gives you the chance to explore many fields which are in high-demand.

In the BCMS(Hons) you can major in:

First-year papers are common across most Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (BCMS) majors which means you can try all in your first year. Because the first three years of the BCMS(Hons) 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(Hons).

In the BCMS(Hons) you will benefit from practical, project based papers which will equip you with the technical, communication and practical skills for a career in a field of numerous international opportunities.

The BCMS(Hons) 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.

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Key information

Years: 4.0
Points: 480
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,132 (approx) per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $29,705 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculty:
*Tuition fees shown 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.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Honours) (BCMS(Hons)) Overview

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points.  This structure applies to study starting in 2019.

Year 1

100 Level
Major

100 Level
Major

Field of the Degree
100 Level*

Field of the Degree
100 Level*

Elective

Elective

Year 2

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major**

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 3

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

List A Paper

Field of the Degree
300 Level*

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 4

Research Project
(at least 45 points)

500 Level
Major

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Elective
  • Major
  • Compulsory

*Field of the degree is any COMPX, MATHS and STATS coded papers.
**For a major in Mathematics or Data Analytics, this paper will be taken at 300 Level.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Or undertake a minor in any other subject within the University.


Career opportunities

  • Computer Animator
  • Mathematical Modeller
  • Network Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Designer
  • Usability Designer
  • Web Architect

Gian Perrone The highlight for me was making that transition from standing back in awe at the cutting edge of computer science to being actively involved in it, and now my career is helping define the ways in which computing and information enrich our lives.

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You're eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Honours) 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 recruitment@waikato.ac.nz as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field. The catalogue of papers can be found at papers.waikato.ac.nz.


New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship  Closed

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 will be enrolled full-time in FCMS in the year of tenure.

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship  Closed

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Candidates will sit a Scholarship exam, which will be held on 19 and 20 October 2018.

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Conjoint degree options

This degree can also be taken as a conjoint.


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.


Contacts

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences:

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