Undergraduate study in Applied Mathematics
What can you study in Applied Mathematics?
Modern science relies absolutely on applied mathematics. It is the job of an applied mathematician to show how mathematical techniques can be applied to science and technology to answer interesting questions. Applied mathematicians use mathematical equations to study real-world problems in areas such as physiology, ice flow, floating runways, astronomy, quantum chemistry, nonlinear systems and the human genome.
As an Applied Mathematics student you’ll learn the following core skills:
- How to build mathematical models
- The mathematical ideas most useful for modelling
- The solution of models, often by computation
From 2019 we'll be offering Applied Mathematics as a pathway within the Mathematics major. This means that you'll study a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics, and you can choose to take a group of courses with a focus on Applied Mathematics.
Studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics with an Applied Mathematics pathway, from 2019
Structuring your programme in Applied Mathematics
Where can undergraduate study in Applied Mathematics take you?
Career opportunities for Applied Mathematics graduates may include industry or government, computer development, insurance, meteorology, traffic engineering, systems analysis, computing programming, statistics, biometrics or operations research, and many other fields. There is also currently a strong demand for mathematics teachers.
Some of our recent graduates are employed in the following areas:
- Academic careers
- Actuaries or actuarial associates
- Biotechnology companies
- Financial, business and risk analysts
- Investment banks
- NIWA scientists
Further study options
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Master of Arts
- Master of Science
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science
- Doctor of Philosophy
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)
23 Symonds Street