Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences

Can you imagine developing the next search algorithm for Google or creating mathematical theories that might help discover the secret of the universe? Skills in mathematical sciences are increasingly important, as more and more businesses and government departments want to better manage resources; whether it’s funds, staff, processes or materials.

The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (BMathSc) provides you with great opportunities to enhance your future employment prospects. You will develop the skills to analyse data and develop specialised computations or algorithms, turning numbers and figures into clear goals or projections. This is extremely valuable and graduates that can visualise data are highly sought after.

  • Unique combination of mathematical sciences and computing
  • Interdisciplinary study and research beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries
  • An industry-based project in the final year in companies such as Fonterra, Statistics NZ, Fisher & Paykel and Telecom will provide you experience and important networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to broaden your programme with additional majors or minors, in subjects ranging from creative writing to Chinese or commercial law

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1271
3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
City Campus
Start date:
29 February 2016 and 18 July 2016

There are limited places available. AUT encourages early application.
Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • NCEA:14 level 3 credits in Mathematics, Calculus or Statistics
  • CIE: A Levels in Mathematics

Preferred school subjects

  • English
  • Physics
  • Computing (Digital Technologies)


Choosing a major is optional. If you wish to study a broad range of papers, you may complete these qualifications with no major.


The skills and knowledge that studying mathematical sciences provides are core to many disciplines and fields. This provides a variety of choices, including how your degree is named: Science or Mathematical Sciences.

The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences degree offers students a more vocational degree culminating in an industry-focused research project in their final year.

Additional Majors and/or Minors

You may choose a second major, either from the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences degree (called a double major) or from AUT's list of additional majors. Minors are also available in these subjects. The availability of additional majors and minors will depend on timetabling and subject restrictions, and in some cases, choosing an additional major or minor may require students to undertake extra points to complete their degree.

See the list of additional majors, minors and electives offered by the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies.


Year 1
You take papers in algebra, calculus, computer organisation, applied statistics, probability, introductory astronomy, physics and introductory java programming.

These first-year papers are technology-focused, have many modelling applications in industry, provide an overall quantitative focus, develop tools for ‘evidence based’ decision making, and support and enhance learning in many disciplines.

A paper in communication will teach you skills and capabilities in the areas of written, oral, interpersonal and group communication.

Years 2 and 3

There is a wide range of second and third year papers, depending on the major chosen. For an outline of the papers and subject matter covered in the second and third years of this degree please refer to the individual major pages.

Last updated: 22-Jul-2015 3.04pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.