Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Mathematics)

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Pathway to masters

A postgraduate diploma is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a masters

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What is it like?

Join some of New Zealand’s leading mathematicians to develop your mathematics expertise to a higher level.

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Mathematics) gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at a masters level. The programme consists of 90 credits of taught programmes and 30 credits of research.

The programme gives you the opportunity to show your analytical thinking and high-level research capability. If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Masters of Science (Mathematics). If so, credits you have gained through this qualification may be credited to the masters programme.

Gain a deeper understanding

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Mathematics) will extend your studies of mathematics from your undergraduate degree. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the mathematics you encountered there, as well as learn about new and exciting areas of mathematics. You'll work closely with your lecturers and fellow students in small classes.

Globally-renowned expertise

Let our experts help you develop your own expertise.

Massey’s mathematics lecturers have an extensive range of experience and expertise across the field of mathematics. Our groups have a particular strength in the theory and application of differential equations, with many staff at both the Auckland and Manawatu campuses working in the areas of dynamical systems, numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations, and modelling of physical systems. Our mathematical modellers are actively contributing to the study of epidemiology, celestial mechanics, hydrothermal eruptions, and biological and industrial processes. Other areas of strength include modern analysis, geometry and number theory at Auckland, and topology and combinatorics at Manawatu.

Internationally recognised

Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 300 university mathematics programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

Mathematics. It's what makes everything work.

From securing sensitive communications using cryptography, to calculating the orbit of a satellite, mathematics is the most fundamental of the tools we use to comprehend and shape the world around us. Some have even called it the "language of the universe". Be that as it may, at heart it's still a product of human creativity and ingenuity - the creation of people like you and me. And there's still plenty left to be discovered and invented.

Friendly environment - passionate scientists

There is a well-established community of scientists and postgraduate science students at Massey. We work together to share discoveries and research and provide peer support.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. This programme will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an appreciation for the beauty of mathematics
  • Excelled in your undergraduate mathematics degree
  • Enjoy thinking logically and analytically, and exercising your creativity
  • Enjoy problem solving, and the satisfaction of that "Aha!" moment when you see the solution


Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well,especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education found that in New Zealand:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives.

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