Department of Statistics

Our department

The Department of Statistics is one of the largest Statistics departments in Australia and New Zealand and the birthplace of the R Project, which is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The department teaches a full range of courses and covers a broad spectrum of statistical research areas. We also offer a consulting service either on a fee per service or retainer basis to internal and external clients.

The University of Auckland is ranked in the top 50 in the world for Statistics and Operational Research, according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings.


Professor James Curran, Head of Department, Department of Statistics
Professor James Curran

We live in an increasingly data-rich and digital world.

The staff in our department apply their knowledge and skills in statistics to many fields – biology, finance, official statistics, engineering, health, marine science, astrophysics and others. They will show you how to extract information from the data around us.

Studying Statistics will enrich your academic journey and career. Over half of all the undergraduate students at the University of Auckland include at least one Statistics course in their degree and there are excellent career prospects for graduates who combine a major in Statistics with other subjects in Business, Science, Engineering, Medicine or Arts.

Whether you are thinking of majoring in Statistics, or just complementing your degree with some Statistics courses, we will be delighted to welcome you to our department in 2018.

Statistics and data science graduates have excellent career prospects and find employment in a wide range of industries, including banking, insurance companies, web-based and IT companies, market research organisations, pharmaceutical companies, public health and utility providers, Crown Research Institutes, government departments, universities and technical institutes.

And, if you wish to develop a career as a statistician, our department offers a wide selection of graduate courses, and the opportunity to develop research skills. Should you decide you are interested in joining our postgraduate programme, we would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, if you need assistance with course advice, please contact us. Our friendly and helpful staff will help you.

We hope to see you in the near future.

All the best,

Professor James Curran
Head of Department

Contact us

If you need to contact us, you can do so by phone or email. If you have questions regarding enrolment, please contact or visit the Science Student Centre.

Department of Statistics reception

Science Centre
Building 303
Room 305, Level 3
38 Princes Street
Auckland 1010

Fax: + 64 9 373 7018

Email: or contact one of our staff members.

Department of Statistics postal address

The Department of Statistics
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Our academic offices are located on levels two and three of the Science Centre - Building 303 and 303S.


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Statistical consulting, the Ihaka lecture series and more

Statistical Consulting Centre

The Department of Statistics provides statistical services and assistance to internal and external clients.

Our experienced consultants can help you resolve your statistical problems. Our services include advice on design of studies, survey design and analysis, data analysis of all types, workshops and advice on statistical computing packages.

Read more.

Partnerships and programmes

The Department of Statistics has established effective partnerships with different organisations outside of the University of Auckland. On this page you can read about some of the partnerships that we have formed with external organisations. Read more.

Ihaka Lecture Series

In March 2017 the Department of Statistics launched a new, annual lecture series named after Associate Professor Ross Ihaka in honour of his contributions to the field.

Our debut series, themed Statistical Computing in the Data Age, ran from 8-29 March 2017 and was very well received. If you missed the 2017 series you can find out more and watch videos of each of the lectures.


Meet our students and graduates

Learn more about why Department of Statistics students chose to study with us and what their hopes for the future are. 

Find out what careers Department of Statistics graduates have chosen and how statistics is helping them in their careers.

In the media

Our academics are often called on to comment on issues involving statistics and data analysis, or share their recent research. Take a look at the media coverage featuring the Department of Statistics' research and staff. Read more.