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++.
- Business Analysis
- Government Statistics
- Industrial Statistics
- Insurance and Finance
- Market Research
- Medical Statistics
- Operational Research
Study Statistics in any of these qualifications
|Statistics for Science||STAT111||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Statistical Methods||STAT121||15.0 Points|
|Management Statistics||STAT160||15.0 Points|
|Work Placement||FCMS296||20.0 Points|
|Statistical Data Analysis||STAT221||20.0 Points|
|Bayesian Statistics||STAT226||20.0 Points|
|Practical Data Mining||COMP321||20.0 Points|
|Engineering Statistics||ENGG381||20.0 Points|
|Advanced Data Analysis||STAT321||20.0 Points|
|Design and Analysis of Experiments and Surveys||STAT323||20.0 Points|
|Computational Bayesian Statistics||STAT326||20.0 Points|
|Statistics for Quality Improvement||STAT352||20.0 Points|
|Directed Study||STAT389||10.0 Points|
|Directed Study||STAT390||20.0 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 Sciences||SCIE501||15.0 Points|
|Quantitative Methods for Security and Crime Science||STAT501||15.0 Points|
|Advanced Quantitative Methods for Security and Crime Science||STAT502||15.0 Points|
|Computational Statistics||STAT521||30.0 Points|
|Statistical Inference||STAT522||30.0 Points|
|Statistical Consulting||STAT524||30.0 Points|
|Topics in Statistics||STAT525||30.0 Points|
|Multivariate Analysis||STAT531||30.0 Points|
|Study Design and Statistical Inference||STAT533||30.0 Points|
|Bayesian Inference||STAT536||30.0 Points|
|Directed Study||STAT590||30.0 Points|
|Statistics Thesis||STAT593||90.0 Points|
|Statistics Thesis||STAT594||120.0 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 Thesis||STAT800||120.0 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 Thesis||STAT900||120.0 Points|
Scholarships and prizes
For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (FCMS), have applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and are currently enrolled full-time in FCMS. The value of the Scholarship will be: $2,500 for exchanges in Europe, $2,000 for exchanges in the USA, Canada or Mexico, or $1,500 for exchanges in Asia.Closing Date: 2025-12-31 23:59:00
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
For students intending to enrol full-time in their second or third year of study towards an undergraduate degree, majoring in Statistics, in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,500.Closing Date: 2016-10-31 23:59:00