Department of Mathematics


It usually takes three years of full time study to complete a bachelor's degree. To complete your degree in the minimum of three years, you will need to study eight courses (120 points) per year.

Most students coming to The University of Auckland study towards a degree. The most common is a Bachelor’s degree, such as a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). A degree is also known as a programme. It usually takes three years of full time study to complete a bachelor's degree. Each year at university, students should take eight courses if they are doing a full time programme, which is four courses per semester.

As progress is made through the degree, the courses become more specialised. To emphasize this, courses are divided into three levels of difficulty, Stage I, II and III. Sometimes, students need preparation for Stage I courses; several pre-degree programmes exist for them. Some Stage I and II courses need to be taken before some other Stage II and III courses. The former are called prerequisites. Some courses cannot be taken if other courses are taken. These are known as restrictions.

A student needs to take at least four courses, 60 points, at Stage III for a major or a specialisation.

A BSc in Mathematics can be in Mathematics or in Applied Mathematics. Mathematics can also be taken as a major for the Bachelor of Arts. Mathematics courses are also included as part of other programmes such as the Bachelor of Technology and the Bachelor of Commerce.

For information regarding Pre-degree, Stage I, II and II courses please visit the pages below.