Postgraduate study in Applied Mathematics

What can you study in Applied Mathematics?

Postgraduate study in Applied Mathematics focuses on mathematical and computational models to formulate and solve real-world problems from a variety of areas within science and technology.

From analysing the most efficient way to schedule airline routes between cities, to the effects and safety of new drugs, applied maths is a good foundation to apply alongside many other sciences.

You will learn how to build mathematical models, how to formulate mathematical ideas for useful modeling, alongside learning about the solutions of models.  

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Advanced numerical analysis
  • Advanced partial differential equations
  • Applied differential equations
  • Dynamical systems
  • Linear systems inverse problems
  • Mathematical biology

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Applied Mathematics

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Applied Mathematics

At least 45 points from:

Up to 45 points from 700 course in a related subjects:

30 points from:  

Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Mathematics 120-point (one-year) research masters

Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Mathematics 240-point research masters

at least 60 points from:

Up to 60 points from 700 course in a related subjects:

120 points:

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Applied Mathematics

At least 60 points from:

 Up to 60 points from 700 course in a related subjects:

Prerequisite courses

Prior to applying for the BSc(Hons) or MSc 240 point Research Masters in Applied Mathematics, we recommended you have completed MATHS 340 Complex Analysis and at least one of MATHS 361 Partial Differential Equations, MATHS 362 Methods in Applied Mathematics, or MATHS 363 Advanced Modelling and Computation.


Explore the postgraduate courses you can take for an Applied Mathematics specialisation.

Where can postgraduate study in Applied 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 in positions of leadership and management. Our graduates take up positions in business, government, industry, research, planning, and environmental organisations.

Jobs related to Applied Mathematics

  • Academic researcher
  • Actuarial analyst
  • Biostatistical or biotechnological analyst
  • 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
  • Teacher
  • Telecommunications engineer

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics or contact Professor Hinke Osinga.