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MSc - Mathematics as a main subject

The Master of Science is valued for its flexibility and excellence, and can be tailored to suit your needs.  You can select your papers from a range of subjects and the mix of research and taught papers are customised to suit your interests and goals.

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 - 1.5
Points: 120 - 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,098-$8,505 per year
Fees (International): $35,980 (120 pts) or $53,970 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*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

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

The paper MATHS520 is normally available only for 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 Head of School. 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 Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography15.022B (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
COMPX544Applied Computational Methods15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper explores numerical methods with applications to real world problems. A variety of classes of problems will be introduced, and appropriate numerical methods for each will be explored. Each problem will be solved by writing code from scratch. Aspects of parallel methods will also be introduced.
COMPX546Topics in Discrete Mathematics15.022A (Hamilton)
An introduction to graph theory and combinatorics, including network optimisation algorithms.
MATHS501Metric Spaces15.022B (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.
MATHS513Finite Groups15.022A (Hamilton)
An in-depth study of the theory of finite groups.
MATHS517Stochastic Differential Equations with Applications to Finance15.022A (Hamilton)
A study of stochastic differential equations and their applications in the physical sciences and finance.
MATHS520Dissertation45.022X (Hamilton)
A directed investigation and report on an approved project or study topic.
MATHS543Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos15.022B (Hamilton)
Systems of first order differential equations and their phase plane analysis, limit cycles and bifurcations.
MATHS553Fluid Dynamics15.022B (Hamilton)
Basic principles of fluid dynamics with applications.
MATHS581Special Topic in Mathematics 115.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in mathematics, at an advanced level.
MATHS582Special Topic in Mathematics 215.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in mathematics, at an advanced level.
MATHS591Dissertation30.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MATHS592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MATHS593Mathematics Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MATHS594Mathematics Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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

CMS International Exchange Scholarship  Accepting applications

For students who have completed at least one year in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (subject areas may include Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics or Design) in the year of tenure and have applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme. By clicking on 'Apply Now' below, students will be taken to a list of possible exchange universities.
Closing Date: 01 Oct 2021

A Zulauf Trust Scholarship  Accepting applications

This Scholarship is open to domestic and international students who are currently enrolled full-time at the University of Waikato in postgraduate study with a research component in mathematics or statistics. Applicants must have achieved at least a B+ average for their most recent undergraduate degree, and be able to show dedication to mathematics and to furthering the study of mathematics.
Closing Date: 15 Mar 2022

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