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MA - Mathematics as a main subject

The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research. The Master of Arts may be taken within the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, School of Arts or the School of Social Sciences.

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.


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Key information

Years: 1.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,748-$8,085 per year
Fees (International): $30,695-$34,930 (120 pts) or $46,045-$52,395 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*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.

Career opportunities

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

Degree Planner

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 PGCert(Math), PGDip(Math), BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), MA, MSc and MSc (Research)

The paper MATHS520 is normally available for only the BCMS(Hons) degree.

To complete a PGCert(Math), students must complete 60 points at 500 level consisting of 60 points from papers listed for Mathematics.

To complete a PGDip(Math), students must complete 120 points at 500 level including at least 90 points from papers listed for Mathematics.

To complete a BA(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 MATHS591).

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 MATHS591).

To complete an MA in Mathematics, students admitted under section 2(b) of the MA regulations must take a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

To complete an MSc in Mathematics, students admitted under section 2(a) of the MSc regulations must complete 180 points at 500 level including MATHS592 and at least 60 points from papers listed for Mathematics.

To complete an MSc (Research) in Mathematics, students admitted under section 2(a) of the MSc (Research) regulations must complete 180 points at 500 level consisting of MATHS594 and 60 points from papers listed for Mathematics.

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

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography20A (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
MATHS501Metric Spaces20A (Hamilton)
Axioms of a metric space, open and closed sets, limit points etc. Completeness, continuity, connectedness and compactness in metric spaces. Fixed-point theorems. Generalisation to topological spaces.
MATHS505Advanced Topics in Pure Mathematics20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A study at an advanced level of one or more topics in pure mathematics.
MATHS513Finite Groups20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
An in-depth study of the theory of finite groups.
MATHS516Topics in Discrete Mathematics20B (Hamilton)
An introduction to graph theory and combinatorics, including network optimisation algorithms.
MATHS517Stochastic Differential Equations with Applications to Finance20B (Hamilton)
A study of stochastic differential equations and their applications in the physical sciences and finance.
MATHS520Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A directed investigation and report on an approved project or study topic.
MATHS543Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos20A (Hamilton)
Systems of first order differential equations and their phase plane analysis, limit cycles and bifurcations.
MATHS553Fluid Dynamics20B (Hamilton)
Basic principles of fluid dynamics with applications.
MATHS555Advanced Classical Mechanics20A (Hamilton)
The theory of classical mechanics from a variational point of view.
MATHS581Special Topic in Mathematics 120A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in mathematics, at an advanced level.
MATHS582Special Topic in Mathematics 220A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in mathematics, at an advanced level.
MATHS591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MATHS592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MATHS593Mathematics Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MATHS594Mathematics Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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

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