Mathematics is a subject of vital importance which underpins many activities of modern society.

A knowledge of mathematics is important in areas such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, cryptography, economics, engineering, finance, modelling (including environmental modelling), operations research, physics, and statistics. There is also a well-known shortage of qualified mathematics teachers in New Zealand.

If you are a graduate with a mathematics degree, or even with a strong mathematical component to your degree, you will be a valuable person in today's workforce. Besides the knowledge and understanding of mathematics itself, you will have valuable analytical and problem-solving skills.


Career Options

Find out more about the number of career options available in mathematics.

School subjects required

If you are planning to study mathematics at university you are strongly advised to study Calculus in Year 13. NCEA Level 3 Calculus credits are required for enrolment in MATH101, a compulsory paper if you are studying engineering.


There are a number of scholarships, prizes and awards offered by the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences that can help students studying mathematics.  These include the Mathematics Fees Scholarship; Millennium Prize in Mathematics; Ramanujan Centenary Prize and Von Neumann Prize in Mathematics.

You can also visit the Scholarships Office for more scholarship information.

Contact Us

For more information on studying mathematics at the University of Waikato, please contact the Department of Mathematics or the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.