History
The Department of Mathematics was established on 1 January 1996. It consisted of 11 academic staff who had previously been in the combined Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
More Detailed Information
The Department currently has three full
Professors, two Associate Professors, five Senior Lecturers, one Lecturer, and one Senior Tutor. It also has two Honorary Fellows and one Honorary Research Associate.
In 2012 the Department taught approximately
213 fulltime equivalent undergraduate level students from all Faculties of Study and it had about another 13 fulltime equivalent students
at graduate and postgraduate level. About 15% of its students are international students.
It offers papers at all levels from
firstyear undergraduate to secondyear graduate, as well as supervision for
Masters and Doctoral degrees.
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.
At the undergraduate
level, the Faculty offers a fouryear degree, the
Bachelor of
Computing & Mathematical Sciences (with and without Honours) and the threeyear
Bachelor of Science degree. It also offers the
Software Engineering programme in the
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree. Students can also take mathematics as a major for the BA degree in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
The
Bachelor of Science with Honours degree
is a oneyear graduate qualification available to
students who have completed a BSc degree at the
University of Waikato or a qualification considered equivalent by the Academic
Board, and who have reached a required standard in their major subject.
At Master's level, the Faculty offers the Master of
Science , which normally requires two years of fulltime study. All Faculties
offer two researchonly degrees: the
Master of Philosophy (one year) and the
Doctor of Philosophy (three
years). A graduate certificate/diploma in mathematics
as well as a postgraduate certificate/diploma in mathematics are
also available. Further information about the degrees and certificates/diplomas offered
in the Faculty are available in the
Faculty Handbook or
jump to the FCMS degrees page.
There is collaboration between the Departments in the Faculty of
Computing and Mathematical Sciences, to
complement the existing collaboration between the Department of Mathematics
and the Faculty of Science & Engineering, which includes the School of Engineering, and the Departments of Chemistry, Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Biological Sciences.
The academic staff in the Department of Mathematics carry out
research, and publish extensively, in many areas of Mathematics
including the following:
 Pure Mathematics: number theory;
group theory; algebra.
 Applied Mathematics: fluid mechanics; magnetohydrodynamics; astrophysics;
relativity; symmetry properties of partial differential equations;
dynamical systems.
 Computational Mathematics: mathematical software; numerical integration; numerical solution of partial differential equations.
