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Applied Mathematics - Postgraduate options

*This subject is available as area of PhD study within other subjects in the Faculty of Science. Please consult our postgraduate advisers for availability.

Subject description

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Modern science relies absolutely on applied mathematics. It is the job of an applied mathematician to show how mathematical techniques can be applied to science and technology to answer interesting questions. Our goal is to use mathematical equations to study real-world problems rather than to study equations for their own sake.

The Department of Mathematics uses mathematics to study such diverse areas as physiology, ice flow, floating runways, astronomy, quantum chemistry, nonlinear systems, the human genome and many other areas. Elements of these research areas are incorporated into our courses wherever possible.

Each of the courses in the Applied Mathematics programme deals with some aspect of the "Mathematical Models" that are used for describing problems from a variety of areas within Science and Technology. The core skills taught in these courses are:

  • How to build mathematical models.
  • The mathematical ideas most useful for modeling
  • Solution of models, often by computation

Structure and prerequisites

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) - Applied Mathematics

The prerequisite is a major in Applied Mathematics and at least 90 points at Stage III.



Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Applied Mathematics

The prerequisite is a major in Applied Mathematics, or equivalent.



Master of Science (MSc) - Applied Mathematics

The prerequisite is a BSc(Hons) or PGDipSci in Applied Mathematics.

Requirements: Research Masters

  • 120 points: MATHS 795 MSc Thesis in Applied Mathematics

Career opportunities

With a good degree in quantitative methods (mathematics, statistics, operations research and computing), career opportunities may include industry or government, computer development, insurance, meteorology, traffic engineering, systems analysis, computing programming, statistics, biometrics or operations research, and many other fields. There is also currently a strong demand for mathematics teachers.

Recent University of Auckland graduates work as/in:

  • Actuaries or actuarial associates
  • NIWA scientists
  • AgResearch
  • Investment Banks
  • Financial, Business and Risk Analysts
  • National Institute of Health, USA
  • Biotech companies
  • Academic careers

A useful introduction to career opportunities in Applied Mathematics can be found on the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics website.


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Mathematics Postgraduate Handbook or contact:

Hinke Osinga
Postgraduate Diploma and Honours
Room 217, Level 2, Building 303, 38 Princes Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85056
Email: honsadvice@math.auckland.ac.nz

Igor Klep
Masters and Exchange Students Coordinator
Room 245, Level 2, Building 303E, 38 Princes Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 84986
Email: igor.klep@auckland.ac.nz