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Specialisation in Economics

Specialisation in Finance

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Specialisation in Economics

NOTE: Where the 2013 requirements for a programme differ from those previously published, care will be taken to ensure existing students are not disadvantaged.

The BCMS major in mathematics has a specialisation which offers you the opportunity to take a four year degree combining mathematics with economics. This specialisation is aimed at students who wish to choose a career from a range of stimulating positions in banking, the Treasury or Reserve Bank, stock market firms, finance houses, including financial and economic modelling. Recent graduates have started their careers at ANZ Bank, Genesis Power, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand Treasury, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and UNISYS.

Students doing this specialisation need to do the listed compulsory papers, but may wish to include some papers from finance in their degree.

Honours is available for suitably-qualified BCMS students. Also, able students may wish to consider doing a BCMS double major with one major in Mathematics and the other major in Economics.

Note that the papers listed are the compulsory papers. The other requirements of the BCMS degree regulations must also be met.

BCMS Major in Mathematics with Specialisation in Economics

100 Level Compulsory Papers

MATH101 Introduction to Calculus (15 points)
MATH102 Introduction to Algebra (15 points)
STAT121 Introduction to Statistical Methods (15 points)
COMP103 Introduction to Computer Science (15 points)
COMP104 Introduction to Computer Science (15 points)
ECON100 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy (15 points)

200 Level Compulsory Papers

MATH251 Multivariable Calculus (10 points)
MATH252 Elements of Analysis(10 points)
MATH253 Linear Algebra (10 points)
MATH255 Differential Equations (10 points)
Plus 20 points of MATH 200 Level papers.

ECON200 Macroeconomics and the Global Economy (20 points)
ECON202 Microeconomics and Business Economics (20 points)


  • Twenty points of MATH 200 level papers may be replaced by STAT251 Simulation and Optimisation.
  • STAT221 is recommended as a 200 level paper in the specialisation.

300 Level Compulsory Papers

MATH311 Advanced Calculus (20 points)
Plus 40 points of MATH 300 level papers.
Plus at least 40 points from ECON 300 level papers.


  • In the 40 points of MATH 300 level papers, it is recommended that this include MATH331 Applied Mathematics.
  • 20 points of MATH 300 level papers may be replaced by COMP342 Numerical Analysis or a STAT 300 level paper.

400 Level Compulsory Papers (non-Honours)

60 points of MATH 400 level papers.
Plus at least 20 points from ECON 400 level papers with 40 points recommended.

500 Level Compulsory Papers (Honours)

60 points of MATH 500 level papers
including MATH520 Report of an Investigation (45 points)
Plus at least 45 points from ECON 500 level papers. (Students intending to do further studies in Economics are recommended to do 60 points from ECON 500 level papers.)

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