From simple things like the laser used in your CD player and the properties of LCD displays, to the high end image reconstruction technology used in sophisticated medical scanning equipment, pretty much every element of our modern lives is underpinned by mathematical understanding and analysis. 

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There is a general drought of mathematicians around the world. Because of this you can command a great salary. International studies also consistently show that mathematicians enjoy the greatest job satisfaction and opportunities. 

The best mathematicians can logically analyse a problem, extract the good ideas, leave the irrelevant stuff alone and work towards a solution. Studying mathematics will give you a wide variety of skills, many of which are transferable to many different careers. You’ll know if you have an interest and ability in numbers and quantitative thinking. If you have enjoyed mathematics at school, you should definitely think about continuing that interest at university. 

At Massey, mathematics is taught by world-leading experts who will help you develop the skills you need to have an awesome career.

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WHAT IS A CAREER IN MATHEMATICS LIKE?

More and more companies are employing mathematics graduates not just for their knowledge of maths, but the analytical, quantitative and project management skills they develop while studying. Some examples of the jobs available include: Actuary (someone who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty) computer science and information systems cryptanalysis (kind of like code-breaking, it’s the study of… Read more

More and more companies are employing mathematics graduates not just for their knowledge of maths, but the analytical, quantitative and project management skills they develop while studying.

Some examples of the jobs available include:

  • Actuary (someone who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty)
  • computer science and information systems
  • cryptanalysis (kind of like code-breaking, it’s the study of methods for obtaining the meaning of encrypted information).
  • engineering
  • operations research analysis
  • research
  • statistics
  • finance

Mathematicians work in industry for manufacturers, insurance companies, finance companies (Wall Street has been hiring highly skilled mathematicians for decades), banks, market research companies, and as public and private consultants.

If you are really keen on making your own discoveries, there is increasing demand for researchers in the area of mathematics too. 

Examples of applications of mathematics which are currently being researched at Massey University include the modelling of geothermal processes, molecular dynamics, epidemiology, cell growth, celestial mechanics, neuroscience, phylogenetics and evolutionary trees, and the optimal decompositions of information systems. These show the generality, versatility, and variety of problems offered to mathematically-skilled scientists.

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NEXT STEPS

You will need a university entrance qualification to begin your degree in mathematics as well as at least 16 credits in mathematics with calculus or its equivalent at NCEA Level 3 – this isn’t compulsory but it is strongly recommended.  If you don’t have this background, you can take mathematics papers over the summer or in your first year to… Read more

You will need a university entrance qualification to begin your degree in mathematics as well as at least 16 credits in mathematics with calculus or its equivalent at NCEA Level 3 – this isn’t compulsory but it is strongly recommended. 

If you don’t have this background, you can take mathematics papers over the summer or in your first year to allow you to join a mathematics programme when they are complete.

Good supporting papers to take at university are physics, computer science, finance, and statistics. These are complementary subjects, which will help extend your skills.

You’ll need to work on your communication skills, and on your computer skills – making sure you are up to speed with computational and simulation techniques.

Distance learning

Both these degrees are available via distance learning, however not all papers in the BSc are available every year.

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