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MSc(Research) - Statistics as a main subject

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Statistics is available as a minor and postgraduate subject. Students interested in undergraduate Statistics should consider the Data Analytics major.

The Master of Science (Research) is an internationally-recognised qualification, suitable for students who want a complete research experience, coupled with taught papers.

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.


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Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Points: 120 - 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,325-$8,085 per year
Fees (International): $34,930 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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

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

The paper STATS520 is normally available for only the BCMS(Hons) degree.

To complete a PGCert(Stats), students must complete 60 points at 500 level consisting of 60 points from papers listed for Statistics.

To complete a PGDip(Stats), students must complete 120 points at 500 level including at least 90 points from papers listed for Statistics.

Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Convenor 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 STATS591).

To complete an MSc in Statistics, students admitted under section 2(a) of the MSc regulations must complete 180 points at 500 level including STATS592 and at least 60 points from papers listed for Statistics.

To complete an MSc (Research) in Statistics, students admitted under section 2(a) of the MSc (Research) regulations must complete 180 points at 500 level consisting of STATS594 and 60 points from papers listed for Statistics.

Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Adviser in Statistics of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
STATS505Optimization20B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students a toolbox of optimization techniques. It covers traditional approaches, such as linear programming and Newton's method, and heuristic methods such as simulated annealing and evolutionary algorithms.
STATS511Computational Statistical Methods20A (Hamilton)
Computationally intensive statistical methods will be considered. This could include Bayesian methods, methods for high-dimensional data, Big Data, etc. The choice of methods taught will be decided by the lecturer/paper convenor in charge.
STATS520Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A directed investigation and report on an approved project or study topic.
STATS522Statistical Inference20B (Hamilton)
Statistical inference will be considered from both the classical and Bayesian perspectives.
STATS525Topics in Statistics20A (Hamilton)
This paper will discuss advanced topics in statistics. The exact topics covered could change subject to the preference and research expertise of the academic staff. Students preferences may also be taken into account.
STATS590Directed Study20B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
STATS591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
STATS592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
STATS593Statistics Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
STATS594Statistics Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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