Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences/ Bachelor of Science


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Can you imagine developing the next search algorithm for Google or creating mathematical theories that help discover the secret of the universe? A degree in mathematical sciences could help you achieve just that.

More and more businesses and government departments want to better manage the resources they have – whether it’s funds, staff, processes or materials. Mathematical sciences provides keys to analysing data and developing specialised algorithms that turn numbers and figures into clear goals or projections. This is extremely valuable and those that can visualise data are highly sought after. Our programmes prepare you to take advantage of these growing career opportunities.

Your final year includes the opportunity to complete practical industry experience, working on a project for an organisation related to your major. Our ever deepening industry connections mean that you can choose from a vast number of host organisations for this industry experience.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1271/ AK1041
3 years full-time/ 6 years part-time
City Campus
Start date:
17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

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 Level in Mathematics

Preferred school subjects

  • Calculus
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

MajorsComputer Science student and lecturer

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

Study Options

The skills and knowledge mathematical sciences provides are core to many disciplines and fields. These broad applications open up a variety of choices, starting with the name of the degree you will graduate with: Mathematical Sciences or Science

Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences

This is a more practical, industry-focused degree and includes an industry research project in your final year.

Bachelor of Science

This is a more traditional university qualification that gives you the opportunity to combine your chosen major with a broad range of science subjects including applied conservation, biomedical science, chemistry, environmental sciences, food science, food safety, health protection, geospatial science, marine biology and microbiology.

The Bachelor of Science is also offered through the School of Applied Sciences.

Additional Majors and/or Minors

You may choose a second major, either from the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences/Bachelor of Science 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 will undertake papers in algebra, calculus, applied statistics, introductory astronomy, physics and programming. These papers are technology-focused, have modelling applications in industry and help you develop tools for ‘evidence-based’ decision-making. Because communication skills are essential in today’s workplaces, you also complete a communications paper to advance your skills in 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: 13-Dec-2017 3.42pm

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