Faculty Background

The School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences was renamed the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the beginning of 2010. The original School was formed in 1987. At that time it had two departments: the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

With the formation of the School, a new four year honours degree, the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, was offered. The School also offered the Bachelor of Science (BSc), a three year degree.

The Faculty currently has two departments - the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

In 2002, the School started offering two additional degrees: The Bachelor of Engineering (BE and BE(Hons)) and the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD and BCGD(Hons)). In the Bachelor of Engineering degree, students can enrol in the Software Engineering programme. Other engineering programmes are offered by the School of Engineering within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The BCGD was previously offered in conjunction with the UCOL Whanganui School of Design, but this degree is now offered solely by the Faculty.

In 2014 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the internet in New Zealand - an achievement made possible in 1989 with the help of the Faculty.

We also launched New Zealand's first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in 2013 and have introduced the country's first Cyber Security Lab and Master of Cyber Security.  In 2016, the Faculty was accepted as a member of iSchools, making it the first iSchool in New Zealand.