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Study maths and learn to solve complex challenges

Develop the logical thinking and problem-solving skills that are in demand in a wide range of careers.

Why choose New Zealand

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Why study maths in New Zealand?

Studying maths abroad in New Zealand teaches you to think clearly and independently, solve problems and communicate the answers. New Zealand maths qualifications are globally recognised and valued in a wide range of careers.

You’ll be supported by world-class teachers, collaborate with expert researchers in many different disciplines, and solve technical, real-world problems. Challenges students might tackle range from monitoring endangered animals to making corn flakes crispier.

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New Zealand offers an unbeatable lifestyle - a beautiful natural environment, unspoilt by crowds; vibrant, multicultural cities; and a relaxing work/life balance that encourages you to study hard yet still find time for the things you love to do.

Ranked the fourth most peaceful nation on Earth, New Zealand is a safe place to live and study. New Zealanders are friendly and inclusive, and you’ll enjoy our high-quality living standards.

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Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience and help support you while you’re studying abroad.

Student visa holders may be able to work in New Zealand up to 20 hours per week and full-time during scheduled holidays, depending on their programme of study. Masters by research or PhD students may work full-time throughout their studies.

You can find out more about working while studying on Immigration New Zealand’s Study + Work website.

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Maths graduates are employed in many areas, including business, finance, computer science, medicine, technology and teaching. Some roles require specific maths skills, while others value the reasoning and analytical skills students gain when they study maths in New Zealand.

In 2014 and 2015, US company CareerCast included three maths jobs – actuary, mathematician and statistician – on its list of four top careers. New Zealand maths graduates are highly valued by employers and their qualifications are recognised around the world.

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Case study

Tramping lecturer inspires Tan

Vietnamese student Tan Duc Do decided to follow up his Bachelor, Bachelor Honours and Masters’ degrees in Mathematics at the University of Auckland with a PhD because of the inspiring teaching of his supervisor.

“My supervisor, Associate Professor Tom ter Elst, is a great researcher and has made lots of publications,” says Tan.

“Most of the lecturers here are working mathematicians, so they can give insight and inspiration into the subject.

“The mathematics department does a great job of guiding students. We know what is expected of us, and if we have difficulties the department supports us.”

Another benefit of studying in New Zealand has been the relaxed work/life balance, says Tan.

“People here work hard during the week and then they relax in the weekends. My supervisor likes to go tramping in the weekends – that’s his favourite outdoor activity.

“Tom invited me to go along with him to tramp in the Waitakere Ranges. I enjoyed it a lot and now I have taken up tramping myself.”

Tan Duc Do, 

PhD in Mathematics, University of Auckland

"I really enjoy the natural beauty of the place... it's so multicultural, so it's really easy for international students to fit in and discover so much about themselves and other people and other cultures"

Shubhi Sharma | from India, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics student at the University of Auckland
Case study

Statistics graduate finds job in New Zealand after studying

When Marina Hall (nee Ivanova) decided to leave Russia to study statistics overseas, she had a list of criteria for choosing a country.

Marina wanted an English-language study destination that was reasonably priced, had a good lifestyle, and would give her opportunities to work after studying. She was also looking for a university in the top 100 QS World University Rankings for her subject.

She found what she was looking for in New Zealand, at the University of Auckland.

“The university had an international student centre that gave me the support I needed, including language support.

“There was always someone to talk to, so I didn’t feel alone.”

Marina found the quality of education excellent. She appreciated being able to choose her own papers, and felt the university’s emphasis on coursework rather than just the final exam and thesis helped her stay on track with her studies.

Every other weekend, she and a group of international student friends explored New Zealand. One summer, they bought a campervan and spent a wonderful month travelling around the South Island.

Marina’s student visa entitled her to apply for a 12-month post-study work visa to find a job in New Zealand, and the university careers centre helped her with her CV.

Two months after completing her studies Marina found a job at insurance company Sovereign, where she now works as a qualified actuary.

Marina Hall, 

Master of Science (First Class Honours) in Statistics, University of Auckland

Hear from a real student

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A friendly Kiwi welcome for Thomas

US mathematics student Thomas Hale chose to study in New Zealand to gain credits towards his first degree.

Thomas plans to gain a PhD and become a university lecturer. He gained a Generation Study Abroad Award scholarship and is studying at the University of Canterbury.

“I come from a small university, so there’s a wider range of courses taught at the University of Canterbury. My classes here are also less formal and more conversational than at home,” says Thomas, who is from Texas.

“I haven’t met another student or a professor that I haven’t liked. Everyone here is so friendly and welcoming. From what I’ve seen, Americans and Kiwis get along really well.”

When he’s not studying, Thomas enjoys travelling. “I’m only in this country for a short time and I want to see as many sights and have as many experiences as I can,” he says.

“I’ve walked up the world’s steepest street in Dunedin and bungy jumped in Queenstown. I’ve also been to the top of the Sky Tower in Auckland and spent a week in the beautiful Cook Islands.”

Thomas Hale,

Bachelor of Science student, University of Canterbury

Study pathway

Maths qualifications range from certificates and diplomas through to a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or a Master of Science majoring in Mathematics. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study.


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Bachelor of Arts or of Science, majoring in Mathematics
A Bachelor of Arts or Science, with or without Honours, gives you the advanced analysing and problem-solving skills that are valued in a wide range of careers.
Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences
A Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences, with or without Honours, gives you the tools to carry out modelling research and solve problems in a range of areas.
Bachelor of Computer and Information Science
A Bachelor of Computer and Information Science, with or without Honours, gives you advanced understanding of computer programming and computer systems.
Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Mathematics
An opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in maths without embarking on a research-based degree. In some cases, this could also be the first year of a Master degree.
Master of Science or of Arts, majoring in Mathematics
Provides further in-depth understanding of mathematics, including new areas of study.
A PhD is the highest tertiary honour. It involves writing a thesis - a major piece of research - over three to five years.

This is a generic pathway. Length of study may vary depending on how students choose to structure their degrees.

Jobs involving maths include:

  • Software developers write, test, develop and maintain complex computer software programmes.
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  • Statisticians collect, analyse and interpret numerical information to help in decision-making.
  • Actuaries predict and assess the financial risks and impacts of future events.
  • Economists study financial, labour and trade markets.
  • Accountants provide accounting systems and services relating to taxation and the financial dealings of organisations and individuals.

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