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The award
MSc (Research)

How long you will study
2 years

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International course fees
NZD 35465 per year

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About Master of Science (Research) in Mathematics at University of Waikato

The Master of Science (Research) is an internationally-recognised qualification, suitable for students who want a complete research experience, coupled with taught papers.

A core feature of the degree is the development of independent research skills, including the collection and analysis of data and critical review of the relevant literature.

The MSc(Research) normally takes two years of full-time study to complete, but you have the option to complete on a part-time basis.  In the first year you will complete 120 points of taught papers with the second year spent doing a 120 point research thesis.

Study an MSc(Research) at Waikato University and you will enjoy more lab and field work, more one-on-one time with top academics and access to world-class research equipment. Our great industry contacts will also mean exciting collaborations with local, national and international companies and organisations.

Related subjects

Students enrolling in an (MSc(Research) via the Faculty of Science & Engineering can major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Materials and Processing, Physics or Psychology.

Students majoring in Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics will enrol through the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.


The University of Waikato's School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped, world-class laboratories.  You will have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and facilities such as NMR spectroscopy, DNA sequencing and the University of Waikato Herbarium.

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing. Students majoring in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics will have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are also accepted if they hold a qualification equivalent to a New Zealand masters degree with at least Second Class Honours (First Division) or Distinction. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL paper-based score of 577 overall including a TWE of 5.0 (100 overall and TWE of 5.5 for Graduate Law); TOEFL computer-based score of 233 including a TWE of 5.0 (5.5 for Graduate Law); PTE Academic overall score of 65 and no less than 58 for each communicative skill; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes with overall score of C with C in the writing band; Certificate in Academic English (CAEL level 8) with B grade; and to those who have studied fulltime at university level in English for two years or more may apply to have the English language requirements waived. They need to provide evidence of this at the time of application. English language waivers are considered by the relevant Faculty on a case by case basis.

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