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.

Why study Statistics?

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.’

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

Career Opportunities

  • Biometrics
  • Business analyst
  • Government statistician
  • Industrial statistician
  • Insurance and finance
  • Market researcher
  • Medical statistician
  • Operational researcher

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.

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++.

Scholarships and prizes

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