Postgraduate study in Mathematics

What can you study in Mathematics?

You can study Mathematics as a postgraduate specialisation in either Faculty of Science or Faculty of Arts programmes.

Postgraduate study in Mathematics increases your knowledge and understanding across a broader and deeper range of topics in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Mathematics Education. You will have the opportunity to learn about research, make new discoveries, develop new ways of thinking, and have the exciting and rewarding experience of presenting your own new findings. Research areas open to exploration include:

  • Algebra
  • Climate modelling
  • Combinatorics
  • Complex analysis and differential equations
  • Dynamical systems
  • Functional analysis and operator theory
  • Industrial mathematics
  • Mathematical biology
  • Mathematics education
  • Numerical analysis
  • Topology

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA(Hons)) in Mathematics

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Master of Arts (MA) in Mathematics

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

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

30 points:

And either 90 points in


At least 45 points in

or up to 45 points in a related subject:

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

120 points:


30 points from:

or 700 level courses in related subjects:

Computer Science, Physics, Statistics

90 points:

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

At least 75 points in

Up to 45 points in 700 level courses in related subjects:

And either:

120 points:


90 points:

30 points from:

Or 700 level courses in related subjects:

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Mathematics

Prerequisite courses

Before applying for the BSc(Hons), or MSc 240-point research masters in Mathematics, we recommended you complete MATHS 332 Real Analysis and one of MATHS 320 Algebraic Structures or MATHS 328 Algebra and Applications. Please note: Mathematics Education students may substitute MATHS 302 Perspectives in Mathematics Education for one of these courses.


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

Jobs related to Mathematics

  • Academic researcher
  • Actuarial analyst
  • Biostatistical or biotechnological analyst
  • Consultant in ecological and sustainability analysis
  • Data analyst
  • Economic developer
  • Government adviser (eg, IRD, Defence, Security Intelligence)
  • Finance analyst (eg, in banks, investment funds, insurance)
  • Information systems engineer
  • Modeller (eg, engineering, industry, logistics)
  • Meteorologist
  • Operations research analyst
  • Risk management consultant
  • Software developer (eg, artificial intelligence, robotics)
  • Statistical analyst
  • Mathematics educator
  • 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

Help and advice for Arts students

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

Help and advice for Science students

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.