Doctoral study in Statistics

Why study with us?

New Zealand’s leading and largest Faculty of Science* brings together 10 diverse schools and departments to provide outstanding quality teaching and research opportunities. Our doctoral students work with some of the nation’s leading researchers and benefit from the faculty’s connections with international universities and industry. You will also have access to high-quality laboratory and field research facilities.


Research opportunities

We welcome PhD proposals in areas including:

  • Biostatistics and novel regression methodologies
  • Human Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Statistical computing
  • The analysis of survey data
  • Statistical Ecology and Bioinformatics
  • Forensic Statistics
  • Medical Statistics
  • Statistics education
  • Experimental design and quality improvement
  • Operations Research and Stochastic Processes
  • Bayesian Statistics

Our people

Many of our knowledgeable scientists are major contributors in their field.

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Research topics

See a selection of past and present research topics:

  • Modelling detection counts from wildlife surveys using spatial capture-recapture | supervised by Ben Stevenson
  • Exponentially weighted moving average control charts | supervised by Arden Miller
  • Modeling and optimal control of queueing networks | supervised by Ilze Ziedins
  • Multivariate predictors of diabetes and CVD | supervised by Patricia Metcalf
  • Reconstruction of probability distributions in population genetics | supervised by Rachel Fewster
  • Statistics applied to statistical biology, multivariate modeling and inference | supervised by Thomas Yee
  • Assessing biological and statistical violations in the analysis of conservation datasets | supervised by James Russell

For more information about PhD theses and topics you may be interested in, or supervisors and their past research, please use the search function on the Libraries and Learning Services catalogue.

Scholarships and awards

See our University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship page for scholarship opportunities. Or search our database for scholarships that may be available.

Help and advice

Please see our Doctoral students section for further information, advice and contact information.

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