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Statistics

Studying Statistics at the University of Waikato will help you to become a critical decision maker in industry.  You'll know how to collect and analyse data to lead organisations to informed decisions rather than just hunches or guesses.

Claire Forsythe

Master of Science
The MSc gave Claire the opportunity to expand her skills and knowledge, which she has been able to apply to her everyday work.


Nick Lim

Master of Science
After completing an Electronic Engineering degree, Nick decided to expand his education experience and come to New Zealand to complete postgraduate research in statistics.


Claudia Wu

Bachelor of Science with Honours
University of Waikato Computer Science graduate Claudia Wu spends her days making sense of numbers, to ensure ANZ are lending responsibly.


Please note

Statistics is available as a major in the BSc for B Semester 2017. From 2018 Statistics will be replaced by Data Analytics. It will still be available as a minor and Postgraduate subject.

Good Statistics graduates who can analyse the growing amount of data available to businesses and turn it into meaningful information are in high demand.

Statistical analysis is used to make informed decisions in most areas of human endeavour, such as agriculture, industry and commerce, law, medicine, forestry, psychology, insurance and economics. The current shortage of Statistics graduates and Statistical Analysts has opened up a vast array of opportunities for graduates.  Working as a Statistician often involves working with people from other areas, such those listed above.  You will often be acting as a ‘trouble-shooter.’

At the University of Waikato you will learn about the fundamentals of Statistics, such as the organisation and display of data, including the critical examination of the data sources.  Modelling the variability in data to calculate the reliability of answers is also part of its science.

Waikato's statistical research reputation is significant. You could have the opportunity to work alongside our leading academics in innovative research such as statistical modelling and population genetics. We also offer all honours and graduate students the benefit of one-on-one interaction with supervisors who have considerable experience in teaching theoretical and applied statistics.

Statistics at Waikato is by no means an isolated study.  Students are encouraged to complement Statistics with the other studies including the sciences or finance.  Able students should also consider the flexible double major options in Statistics and Computer Science, or Statistics and Mathematics.

Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Economics

The three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a double major in Statistics and Economics provides students with the skills needed for economic and statistical analysis. People who have statistical skills and a thorough understanding of economics are highly sought after as employees, by a wide range of private and public sector organisations.

Computing facilities at Waikato

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand.  Our senior computing laboratory has a network of PCs running Linux and Windows.  All students will have 24 hour access to labs equipped with the latest versions of specialist statistical software packages, including Minitab, R, Mathematica, Matlab and C++.

 Career opportunities

  • Biometrics
  • Business Analyst
  • Government Statistician
  • Industrial Statistician
  • Insurance and Finance
  • Market Researcher
  • Medical Statistician
  • Operational Researcher

100 Level

300 Level

Practical Data MiningCOMP32120.0 Points
Finding Patterns in DataCOMPX30515.0 Points
EconometricsECON30420.0 Points
Engineering StatisticsENGG38120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Stats) and GradDip(Stats)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Statistics at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Stats), PGDip(Stats), BSc(Hons), MSc and MSc (Research)

Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Chairperson. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Adviser of the Department of Statistics.

To complete a BSc(Hons) in Statistics, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Statistics, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally STAT591).

Research Methods in the SciencesSCIE50115.0 Points
Quantitative Methods for Security and Crime ScienceSTAT50115.0 Points
Advanced Quantitative Methods for Security and Crime ScienceSTAT50215.0 Points
Computational StatisticsSTAT52130.0 Points
Statistical InferenceSTAT52230.0 Points
Statistical ConsultingSTAT52430.0 Points
Topics in StatisticsSTAT52530.0 Points
Multivariate AnalysisSTAT53130.0 Points
Study Design and Statistical InferenceSTAT53330.0 Points
Bayesian InferenceSTAT53630.0 Points
Directed StudySTAT59030.0 Points
DissertationSTAT59130.0 Points
DissertationSTAT59260.0 Points
Statistics ThesisSTAT59390.0 Points
Statistics ThesisSTAT594120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Statistics MPhil ThesisSTAT800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Statistics PhD ThesisSTAT900120.0 Points

CMS International Exchange Scholarship

For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (FCMS), applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and who are currently enrolled full-time in FCMS.

Closing Date: 2018-03-31 23:59:00

FCMS Summer Project Scholarships

This is by nomination only. Nominees must be high achieving undergraduate students currently enrolled part- or full-time in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. It supports a ten-week period of full-time project work during the summer break. The Scholarships will have a value of $5,000. Interested students should contact FCMS for further information.

Closing Date: 2015-10-16 23:59:00

Contacts

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4322 or +64 7 838 4322
Email: cms@waikato.ac.nz
Website: cms.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoFCMS