Mathematical Acceleration and eXtension - MAX

A first semester university mathematics course for high achieving high school students throughout New Zealand.

About the MAX programme

As a MAX student you’ll study algebra, analysis, applied mathematics and combinatorics. You’ll learn how to write abstract mathematical proofs, create models to study real-life situations, and use MATLAB to generate gorgeous visualizations.

MAX students take MATHS 199 Advancing in Mathematics, which is jointly taught by the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland.

Successful completion of the MAX course will set you up for success in courses that require either MATHS 162 Computational Mathematics or ENGGEN 131 Introduction to Engineering Computation and Software Development as a prerequisite.

Applying for the MAX programme

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are currently attending high school
  • have a good understanding of Year 13 mathematics
  • have a strong recommendation from your school's Head of Mathematics

If you want to study remotely, you'll need good access to a computer, the internet, and be able to work well on your own.

You need to apply for admission under the University's Discretionary Entrance Regulations

To be admitted to the MAX programme you need the consent of the University of Auckland's Department of Mathematics.

For all enrolment enquiries email us at

International students who wish to join the MAX programme will need to apply for full entrance to the University of Auckland. Potential international students should contact us directly at

MAX course work and assessment

The session begins with a 50-minute lecture, followed by a 50-minute tutorial or computer lab, followed by another 50-minute lecture. There are short breaks between these sessions for students to have a snack.

Lectures will be recorded, and the recordings for these lectures will be made available to the students online.

The final MAX examination will be in mid to late June. The exact date will be confirmed midway through the semester. Other assessments will include labs, projects, assignments, and a mid-semester test.

The MAX information meeting

This online information session is a great opportunity for students and interested teachers and parents to learn more about the programme. 

The online information session was recorded for anyone not able to make it on the day.

Contact the MAX team

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at