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

We offer Applied Mathematics as a pathway within the Mathematics major. This means that you'll study for a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics, and you can choose to take a group of courses with a focus on Applied Mathematics.

Structuring your programme in Applied Mathematics

Where can undergraduate study in Applied Mathematics take you?

Career opportunities for Applied Mathematics graduates abound within government and industry. Areas include computer development, insurance, meteorology, traffic engineering, systems analysis, computing programming, statistics, biometrics and operations research. There is also currently a strong demand for mathematics teachers.

Some of our recent graduates are employed in:

  • Academia
  • Actuarial work
  • AgResearch
  • Biotechnology
  • Finance, business and risk analysis
  • Investment banking
  • Scientific research

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

Meet a graduate

In 2013, Priya Singh completed a conjoint Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) and Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics and Statistics). She became Fonterra’s youngest General Manager and is also the Founder and CEO of Karma Collective, Mentor me Fiji Foundation and Pop the Question.

Read Priya's story.

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
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.math.auckland.ac.nz