About the department

The University of Auckland is ranked first in New Zealand for Statistics and Operations and our department is the birthplace of the R Project - a widely used software environment for statistical computing.

Professor James Curran, Head of Department
Professor James Curran, Head of Department

We live in an increasingly data-rich and digital world.

The staff in our department apply their knowledge and skills in statistics to many fields – biology, finance, official statistics, engineering, health, marine science, astrophysics, and others. They will show you how to extract information from the data around us.

Studying Statistics will enrich your academic journey and career. Over half of all the undergraduate students at the University of Auckland include at least one Statistics course in their degree. There are excellent career prospects for graduates who combine a major in Statistics with other subjects in Business, Science, Engineering, Medicine or Arts.

Whether you are thinking of majoring in Statistics or Data Science, or just complementing your degree with some Statistics courses, we will be delighted to welcome you to our department.

Over half of all the undergraduate students at the University of Auckland include at least one Statistics course in their degree.

Professor James Curran Head of Department

Statistics and Data Science graduates have excellent career prospects and find employment in a wide range of industries, including banking, insurance companies, web-based and IT companies, market research organisations, pharmaceutical companies, public health and utility providers, Crown Research Institutes, government departments, universities and technical institutes.

And, if you wish to develop a career as a statistician, our department offers a wide selection of graduate courses, and the opportunity to develop research skills. Should you decide you are interested in joining our postgraduate programme, we would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, if you need assistance with course advice, please contact us. Our friendly staff will help you.

We hope to see you in the near future.

Professor James Curran
Head of Department