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Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences in Astronomy Major

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 22-February-2021
Auckland University of Technology
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Mathematical sciences is the key to analysing data and developing algorithms that turn numbers and figures into goals or projections. This is extremely valuable and those that can visualise data are highly sought after. The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences prepares you to take advantage of these growing career opportunities.

Explore the latest developments in astronomy and space science, spherical astronomy, celestial mechanics, theoretical astrophysics and mathematical physics. Study the Astronomy major in the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences.

High-performance computing and broadband networking are central to modern astronomy and space science. With this major you can turn your fascination for space into a career in astrophysics and radio astronomy.

AUT’s Warkworth Observatory is linked to New Zealand’s most powerful super computers and has the only radio telescopes in the country. That’s why AUT’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR) can process enormous amounts of data from deep space, used for cutting-edge research in astrophysics and earth science. You can work with IRASR during your study.
Key features:

  • Access to AUT’s hi-tech astronomy facilities, including NZ’s only radio astronomy telescopes
  • Work with the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research
  • A major research project in your final year

Career opportunities:

  • Astronomer
  • Industrial mathematician
  • Observatory technician or research officer
  • Planetarium lecturer
  • Programmer or systems developer
  • Scientific programmer
  • Secondary teacher (After completing a graduate diploma in education)
  • Technical software developer

Entry criteria

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.

Useful New Zealand school subjects: Calculus, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.


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