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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Postgraduate studies

Students who have already acquired a first degree are welcome to undertake postgraduate study in Mathematics. The options available are summarised below.

General University information about postgraduate study

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Degrees available

There are three postgraduate degrees available in Mathematics:

  • Honours Degree A student with a BSc or BA in Mathematics can extend their knowledge by studying for this extra one-year degree consisting mostly of 400-level papers. An honours degree in Maths or Stats is the standard qualification for entrance to a Ph.D program, both in New Zealand and overseas.
  • Master of Science (MSc) A student with a BSc can take this degree in two years, with the first year consisting of course work — essentially the fourth year of the honours degree in Mathematics or Statistics — and the second year taken up in the preparation of a thesis. A student with a BSc(Hons) or PGDipSci can finish in one year with the preparation of a thesis only. It is also possible to do an MSc part time.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) The usual prerequisite is at least a very strong upper second class honours degree with a large component of Mathematics or Statistics, or an MSc degree.

Diplomas available

There are three diplomas available in Mathematics or Statistics:

  • Postgraduate Diploma of Science (PGDipSci) This is essentially the fourth year of the Honours degree in Mathematics or Statistics.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (PGDipApStat) This programme, like the DipGrad, is designed separately for each student. It is an excellent preparation for someone wanting to work in business, industry or a research organisation.
  • Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) This is a programme, designed separately for each student, containing at least 120 points, 72 of which are at or above 300-level. It can be taken in Mathematics or Statistics or in approved combination with other subjects. The DipGrad may be "endorsed" in Statistics if it includes at least 54 points from 300-level major or 400-level Statistics papers.

Advisors for postgraduate study

To find out more about these degrees and diplomas, or to get general advice on which course of study is right for you, please contact


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