Postgraduate study in Statistics

What can you study in Statistics?

You can study Statistics as a postgraduate specialisation in either the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Arts programmes.

Statistics applies to almost any field, ranging from scientific research to business management and media analysis. From designing an experiment to evaluate the effects of a new treatment for a disease, to analysing a set of data gathered by an ecologist - the diversity of applications of statistics is immense.

There are different options to consider when choosing your postgraduate qualification in Statistics. While the taught masters is a programme with a professional focus and essential to work as a professional statistician, the research masters is an advanced programme to develop your research skills with the intention to progress to doctoral study in Statistics.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Analysis of survey data
  • Astrostatistics
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Biostatistics and novel regression methodologies
  • Case control sampling and extension
  • Experimental design and quality improvement
  • Forensic statistics
  • Human genomics and bioinformatics
  • Linear and non-linear statistical modelling
  • Medical statistics
  • Sample survey theory
  • Statistical computing
  • Statistical computing and the “R” statistical programming language
  • Statistical ecology and bioinformatics
  • Statistical genetics
  • Statistics education
  • Operations research and stochastic processes
  • Non-parametric statistics

Entry requirements

The GPA ranking for this specialisation differs from the  minimum programme requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)),  Master of Science (MSc) (research masters only) and Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci).

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Statistics

You must have a GPA of 5.5 in 45 points in your stage III courses from your undergraduate programme.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Statistics

You must have a GPA of 2.5 in your stage III Statistics courses from your undergraduate programme.

Master of Science (MSc) in Statistics (120-point research masters only)

You must have a GPA of 5.5 in your prior study: BSc(Hons) or PGDipSci in Statistics or a relevant subject.

Prerequisites

Prior to applying to the BSc(Hons) or PGDipSci in Statistics you are required to have completed:

Prior to applying to the MSc you are required to have completed:

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Statistics

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA(Hons)) in Statistics

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2019 BA(Hons) schedule for Statistics

Master of Arts (MA) in Statistics

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2019 MA schedule for Statistics

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Statistics

Master of Science (MSc) in Statistics 120 point (one-year) Research Masters

 

Master of Science (MSc) in Statistics 120 point (one-year) Taught Masters

 

Master of Science (MSc) in Statistics 240 point Research Masters

·  15 points:

STATS 732 Statistical Inference

·  15 points from:

STATS 779 Professional Skills for Statisticians

STATS 782 Statistical Computing

At least 90 points from:

STATS 701 Advanced SAS Programing
STATS 702 and STATS 703 Special Topic
STATS 705 Topics in Official Statistics
STATS 708 Topics in Statistical Education
STATS 710 Probability Theory
STATS 720 Stochastic Processes
STATS 721 Special Topic in Applied Probability
STATS 722 Financial Mathematics
STATS 723 Stochastic Methods in Finance
STATS 724 Operations Research
STATS 725 Topics in Operations Research
STATS 726 Time Series
STATS 727 Special Topic in Time Series
STATS 730 Statistical Inference
STATS 731 Bayesian Inference
STATS 732 Statistical Inference
STATS 735 Statistics in Ecology and Population Genetics
STATS 737 Modern Bayesian Methods
STATS 740 15 Points Sample Surveys
STATS 741 Special Topic in Sampling
STATS 747 Statistical Methods in Marketing
STATS 750 Experimental Design
STATS 751 Special Topic in Experimental Design
STATS 760 A Survey of Modern Applied Statistics
STATS 761 Mixed Models
STATS 762 Regression for Data Science
STATS 763 Advanced Regression Methodology
STATS 764 Analysis of Failure Time Data
STATS 766 Multivariate Analysis
STATS 767 Topics in Multivariate Analysis
STATS 768 Longitudinal Data Analysis
STATS 769 Advanced Data Science Practice
STATS 770 Introduction to Medical Statistics
STATS 771 Topics in Biostatistics 1
STATS 773 Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
STATS 775 Design of Ecological Experiments
STATS 776 Topics in Environmental and Ecological Statistics
STATS 779 Professional Skills for Statisticians
STATS 780 Statistical Consulting
STATS 781 and STATS 781A and STATS 781B
STATS 782 Statistical Computing
STATS 783 Simulation and Monte Carlo Methods
STATS 784 Statistical Data Mining
STATS 785 Topics in Statistical Data Management
STATS 786 Special Topic in Statistical Computing
STATS 787 Data Visualisation
BIOINF 704 Statistical Bioinformatics
POPLHLTH 707 Statistics in Health Science 2
POPLHLTH 708 Epidemiology
POPLHLTH 709 Evidence for Best Practice
POPLHLTH 711 Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis

90 points: STATS 798 Thesis

30 points from 700 level courses in related subjects: BioinformaticsMathematicsPopulation Health

 

Master of Science (MSc) in Statistics 240 point Taught Masters

 15 points:

STATS 732 Statistical Inference 

15 points from:

STATS 779 Professional Skills for Statisticians

STATS 782 Statistical Computing

At least 150 points from:

STATS 701 Advanced SAS Programing
STATS 702 and STATS 703 Special Topic
STATS 705 Topics in Official Statistics
STATS 708 Topics in Statistical Education
STATS 710 Probability Theory
STATS 720 Stochastic Processes
STATS 721 Special Topic in Applied Probability
STATS 722 Financial Mathematics
STATS 723 Stochastic Methods in Finance
STATS 724 Operations Research
STATS 725 Topics in Operations Research
STATS 726 Time Series
STATS 727 Special Topic in Time Series
STATS 730 Statistical Inference
STATS 731 Bayesian Inference
STATS 732 Statistical Inference
STATS 735 Statistics in Ecology and Population Genetics
STATS 737 Modern Bayesian Methods
STATS 740 15 Points Sample Surveys
STATS 741 Special Topic in Sampling
STATS 747 Statistical Methods in Marketing
STATS 750 Experimental Design
STATS 751 Special Topic in Experimental Design
STATS 760 A Survey of Modern Applied Statistics
STATS 761 Mixed Models
STATS 762 Regression for Data Science
STATS 763 Advanced Regression Methodology
STATS 764 Analysis of Failure Time Data
STATS 766 Multivariate Analysis
STATS 767 Topics in Multivariate Analysis
STATS 768 Longitudinal Data Analysis
STATS 769 Advanced Data Science Practice
STATS 770 Introduction to Medical Statistics
STATS 771 Topics in Biostatistics 1
STATS 773 Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
STATS 775 Design of Ecological Experiments
STATS 776 Topics in Environmental and Ecological Statistics
STATS 779 Professional Skills for Statisticians
STATS 780 Statistical Consulting
STATS 781 and STATS 781A and STATS 781B
STATS 782 Statistical Computing
STATS 783 Simulation and Monte Carlo Methods
STATS 784 Statistical Data Mining
STATS 785 Topics in Statistical Data Management
STATS 786 Special Topic in Statistical Computing
STATS 787 Data Visualisation

BIOINF 704 Statistical Bioinformatics
POPLHLTH 707 Statistics in Health Science 2
POPLHLTH 708 Epidemiology
POPLHLTH 709 Evidence for Best Practice
POPLHLTH 711 Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis

15 points from 700 level courses in related subjects: Bioinformatics, MathematicsPopulation Health

90 points:

STATS 793 dissertation

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Statistics

Courses

Where can postgraduate study in Statistics take you?

Statisticians are found in all branches of Government and commerce. Other opportunities for graduates include product testing, market research, health economics and advertising.

Jobs related to Statistics

  • Actuary
  • Environmental statistician
  • Forensic statistician
  • Government statistician
  • Health economist
  • Market research statistician
  • Medical statistician
  • Operations research
  • Pharmaceutical statistician
  • Researcher
  • Sports statistician
  • Statistical consultant

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Help and advice for Arts students

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Science Student Centre
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(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: pgscience@auckland.ac.nz

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics.