What will I learn?

The Master of Science (MSc) programme enables you to pursue advanced study in your area of interest with the opportunity to work on independent research.

Programme overview

Studying for an MSc is an opportunity for committed scientists to focus on a relevant area of interest or practise and pursue an advanced qualification. While taught masters will provide you with specialist training in your chosen field, a research masters will develop advanced research skills, working alongside Faculty of Science researchers - many of whom are major contributors in their field. Late Year Semester will start in November.

120-point MSc

Most students enter an MSc following completion of a PGDipSci. You will need to complete 120 points (maximum of 160 points) in a specialisation within one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study (research masters) or four years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

240-point MSc

If you enter a MSc directly from an undergraduate degree you will need to complete 240 points (maximum of 280 points) in a specialisation in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study (research masters) or six years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

Mathematics

Postgraduate study in Mathematics increases your knowledge and understanding across a broader and deeper range of topics in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Mathematics Education. You will have the opportunity to learn about research, make new discoveries, develop new ways of thinking, and have the exciting and rewarding experience of presenting your own new findings. Research areas open to exploration include:

  • Algebra
  • Climate modelling
  • Combinatorics
  • Complex analysis and differential equations
  • Dynamical systems
  • Functional analysis and operator theory
  • Industrial mathematics
  • Mathematical biology
  • Numerical analysis
  • Topology

Where can postgraduate study in Mathematics take you?

A good mathematical background enhances and develops your problem-solving skills, comprehension of abstract concepts, and analytical and creative thinking. These are valued qualities in technical roles and positions of leadership and management. Our graduates take up positions in business, government, industry, research, planning and environmental organisations. This subject also available in faculty of arts.

Jobs related to Mathematics

  • Academic researcher
  • Actuarial analyst
  • Biostatistical or biotechnological analyst
  • Consultant in ecological and sustainability analysis
  • Data analyst
  • Economic developer
  • Government adviser (e.g. IRD, Defence, Security Intelligence)
  • Finance analyst (e.g. in banks, investment funds, insurance)
  • Information systems engineer
  • Modeller (e.g. engineering, industry, logistics)
  • Meteorologist
  • Operations research analyst
  • Risk management consultant
  • Software developer (e.g. artificial intelligence, robotics)
  • Statistical analyst
  • Mathematics educator
  • Telecommunications engineer

Further study options

Doctor of Philosophy

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$44,418.00 (US$ 29,808) per year
Tuition fee: NZ $44,310 – NZ $44,526 (This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

Leigh Marine Campus

Leigh Marine Laboratory,

160 Goat Island Road,

Leigh,

0985, New Zealand

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$44,418.00 (US$ 29,808) per year
Tuition fee: NZ $44,310 – NZ $44,526 (This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

Grafton Campus

85 Park Road,

AUCKLAND,

Grafton,

1023, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a 120 point Masters degree: Normally this requires a completed bachelor honours degree or postgraduate diploma from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent postgraduate qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Admission to a 180 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree or postgraduate certificate from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. Admission to a 240 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. GPE - Grade Point Equivalent: 4.0; IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85

For international students

Research 120 points:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a similar field to your intended specialisation. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Research 240 points:

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science in a similar field to your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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