About Us

Message from the Chairperson

Nick Cavenagh

Mathematics today is an enabling science which has a multitude of applications in industry, climate modelling and weather forecasting, financial and market modelling, cryptography, astrophysics, and many other areas. Because of the important role of mathematics, we provide papers (courses) not just for mathematics majors, but for all students who need mathematical skills in their chosen area of study. 

The department offers a broad programme in pure, applied, and computational mathematics which gives opportunity for specialist and research preparation, but also serves the needs in mathematics of other disciplines in the University. These include, but are not limited to, Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Physics, Materials and Process Engineering, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Management, Education, Economics, and Finance.

In addition to its important teaching role, the department's staff carry out research on a variety of topics in pure, applied, and computational mathematics. This work calls on mathematical knowledge from many fields, such as calculus, algebra, analysis, geometry and numerical analysis. Students doing a qualification in mathematics normally include papers from several of these areas.

The department provides good computing facilities for its senior students. Our senior laboratory has a network of PCs running Linux and Windows. Software includes: Java, C++, Maple, Mathematica, Matlab, and other mathematical and statistical packages.

We welcome both New Zealand students and international students and look forward to you joining us.

Dr Nick Cavenagh
Department of Mathematics