Doctoral study in Mathematics

Why study with us?

New Zealand’s largest Faculty of Science* brings together 10 diverse schools and departments to provide outstanding quality teaching and research opportunities. Our doctoral students work with some of the nation’s leading researchers and benefit from the faculty’s connections with international universities and industry. You will also have access to high-quality laboratory and field research facilities.


Research opportunities

We welcome PhD proposals in a wide range of areas including Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. For more details see our Research pages.

Our people

Many of our knowledgeable scientists are major contributors in their field.

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Research topics

See a selection of past and present research topics:

Applied Mathematics

Pure Mathematics

  • Determining the symmetric genus of particular classes of groups | supervised by Marston Conder
  • Computational problems in lattices and applications to cryptanalysis | supervised by Steven Galbraith
  • The geometry of partial differential equations | supervised by Rod Gover
  • Generalised inverse limits investigating open questions on inverse limits with upper semi-continuous bonding functions | supervised by Sina Greenwood
  • Weighted pluripotential theory and complex analytic geometry | supervised by Sione Ma’U
  • Algorithms to decide isomorphism among groups | supervised by Professor Eamonn O’Brien
  • Parameterized complexity in game theory and social choice | supervised by Arkadii Slinko
  • (analytic) semigroup theory, elliptic operators with applications to PDE | supervised by Tom ter Elst

Mathematics Education

For more information about PhD theses and topics you may be interested in, or supervisors and their past research, please use the search function on the Libraries and Learning Services catalogue.

Scholarships and awards

See our University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship page for scholarship opportunities. Or search our database for scholarships that may be available.

Help and advice

Please see our Doctoral students section for further information, advice and contact information.

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