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Mathematics courses & programmes

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

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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 second 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 NauMai NZ 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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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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