Our modern society is underpinned by many mathematical insights. Mathematics is a living subject with ideas, techniques, and theorems constantly being created, tested, and explored.
Mathematicians are at the forefront of breakthroughs in science, technology, and finance. Did you know:
- Money is kept secure when using internet banking protocols based on mathematical cryptography and prime numbers.
- Medical images such as MRI are reconstructed using mathematical tools that were first developed in the early 1800s.
- The mathematics of wavelet transformations helps us to understand seismic activity, which may one day assist us with the prediction of earthquakes.
- Mathematicians can find solutions to equations that govern the universe to help us understand physical phenomena, without the need for expensive experiments.
- Mathematical modelling can help with the protection of our native flora and fauna.
Mathematical thought is one of the greatest human achievements, and has been around for over 4,000 years. In all these millennia, mathematicians have been one step ahead and are already preparing for the technological advances of the coming generation.
- UC is known internationally for its involvement in Mathematics and Statistics education and research. Several members of staff have awards for their work in this area. Our research expertise informs our teaching.
- Every year, we welcome visiting scholars on the Erskine Fellowship Programme. Students benefit greatly from their teaching and the diverse perspectives they offer.
- We actively support undergraduate research through summer projects and honours dissertations, with some of our recent budding scholars heading to Oxford, Harvard, and Yale for postgraduate work.
- We have a thriving culture that encourages meeting up with like-minded students through clubs.
Entry into MATH 101 Methods of Mathematics and MATH 110 Foundations of Applied Mathematics and Statistics is open to all students with entry to the University. A background of Year 12 Mathematics is highly recommended.
Entry into MATH 102 Mathematics 1A requires 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 maths.
If you haven’t studied mathematics or statistics for some time or lack confidence in your skills, we help you out with Headstart courses in January/February.
Students who have not taken mathematics to Year 13 level are strongly advised to take MATH 101 Methods of Mathematics.
At least three courses chosen from:
- MATH 201 Multivariable Calculus or EMTH 210 Engineering Mathematics 2
- MATH 202 Differential Equations
- MATH 203 Linear Algebra or EMTH 211 Engineering Linear Algebra and Statistics
- MATH 220 Discrete Mathematics and Cryptography
- MATH 240 Analysis and Group
For the Mathematics minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, you will need to take these courses throughout your chosen degree:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level MATH courses, with at least 45 points at 200-level or above
One of the most important quality a Mathematics graduate develops is the ability to reason logically and in depth. Mathematics is a creative, collaborative pursuit.
Mathematics graduates are highly employable in computing, finance, commerce, insurance, scientific institutions (such as Crown Research Institutes), law, teaching, and many other fields.
Employment opportunities are particularly good for people who combine qualifications in Mathematics with qualifications in other disciplines such as Physics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Management, and Economics.
Previous graduates have been employed by Macquarie Capital, Deloitte, BNY-Mellon, First NZ Capital, Te Pūtea Matua | Reserve Bank, Vero Insurance, Wynyard Security Group, and many government agencies like Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Rawa | Treasury, Tatauranga Aotearoa | Stats NZ, and Hīkina Whakatutuki | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
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