A Bachelor of Science (BSc) is about understanding and improving the natural world through observation, experimentation, modelling, and calculation. The Bachelor of Science requires a minimum total of 360 points:
a compulsory 15-point Science course
a minimum of 255 points of Science courses
the remaining 90 points can be from either Science courses or courses from other degrees.
At least 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.
Many students combine the study of a BSc with another degree.
Students can study the Conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Science or the Conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Science, which requires 60 points less than a double degree and will be completed in four years in an intensive format.
Our modern society is underpinned by many mathematical results and insights. Mathematics is a living subject with new ideas, techniques, and theorems constantly being created, tested, and explored.
Mathematicians are at the forefront of breakthroughs in science, technology, and finance. Did you know:
Money is kept secure when using internet banking protocols based on mathematical cryptography and prime numbers.
Medical images such as MRI are reconstructed using mathematical tools that were first developed in the early 1800s.
The mathematics of wavelet transformations helps us to understand seismic activity, which may one day assist us with the prediction of earthquakes.
Mathematicians can find solutions to equations that govern the universe to help us understand physical phenomena, without the need for expensive experiments.
Mathematical modelling can help with the protection of our native flora and fauna.
Mathematical thought is one of the greatest human achievements, and has been around for over 4,000 years. In all these millennia, mathematicians have been one step ahead and are already preparing for the technological advances of the coming generation.
If you have achieved top grades during your Bachelor of Science, you may be permitted to enter the BSc(Hons), which is an accelerated 12-month postgraduate degree.
Perhaps the most important quality that a Mathematics graduate develops is the ability to reason logically and in depth. Mathematics is a creative, collaborative pursuit. The habits of thought developed by studying Mathematics are of permanent value.
Mathematics graduates are highly employable, working in computing, finance, commerce, insurance, scientific institutions (such as Crown Research Institutes), law, teaching, and many other fields.
University of Canterbury Highlights
No. of Campuses
1 main campus
No. of Residence Halls
Graduate Job Rate
89.9% (full time)
Above 600,000 NZD pa
Cost of Attendance
29,550 NZD pa
Mode of Program
Full time and online
University of Canterbury Tuition fee
New Zealand Living Expenses
In addition to your tuition and insurance fees, you will need between $20,000 and $25,000 per year ($380–480 per week) for accommodation/rent, food expenses, transportation costs, phone bills, internet usage and entertainment. No matter what your tuition or course fee is, the average living expense will be same for everyone. Please note that these amounts are just recommendations, Immigration New Zealand requirement is $15,000 per year plus return airfare or additional $2,000.