The amount of data collected around the world grows daily. However, data is of little value unless transformed into information that contributes tobetter decisions and better outcomes for those organisations and countries to which it relates. Designing ways to collect data and make sense of that data is the subject matter of statistics. It is the human side of the computer revolution – the art and science of extracting meaning from data. It is also a key ingredient separating good decisions from bad, hence, essential to improving the performance and outcomes of organisations and New Zealand as a whole.

Areas of study

As the largest statistics department in Australasia we are able to offer a wide range of postgraduate courses. The teaching staff in our department are well known for research in sample survey theory, biometrics, linear and nonlinear models, medical statistics, nonparametric statistics, applied probability, statistical ecology, bayesian inference, forensic science, stochastic operations research, time series analysis, fisheries modelling, bioinformatics, statistics education and industrial statistics.

You can study Statistics in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Investigation - asking questions, designing ways to collect data to answer those questions, collecting data, making sense of what that data says to produce reliable answers - this is the subject matter of statisticians and a set of general life-skills. Statistics is relevant to a range of areas, including mathematics, computer science, medical research, research in biology, social research, engineering, forensic science and image reconstruction.

Career opportunities

Many employers have a strong preference for an honours or a masters degree in Statistics. Firstly it tells them you are willing to go the extra mile. Secondly, it indicates you are willing to look beyond the obvious answers and solutions, to those that are more complex – and more valid. And thirdly it suggests that, rather than relying on custom built tools, you have the skills to design statistical tools and methodologies to analyse their data effectively. In short, you will be in demand, as your skills in quantitative analysis enable your employers to achieve their goals.
Statistics graduates, particularly those with a good postgraduate degree, are in demand in the sciences, in business, and in the arts. Good quantitative skills are highly transferrable across a wide range of industries and countries - and support many graduates’ dreams to travel and work in other countries. Our recent graduates have found employment in industry, research institutes, medical research teams, government departments, market research companies, insurance companies, investment banks, and in universities. For many of these jobs, a postgraduate degree has been essential.

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