Department of Statistics


Entry requirements

On this page you will find brief descriptions of the entry requirements for postgraduate qualifications in Statistics.

You may find it useful to discuss your requirements with one of our Graduate Officers (listed below). Detailed regulations are laid out in the University Calendar, where differences appear it is the University Calendar that is the authoritative source.

The University of Auckland Calendar

BSc/BA(Hons)


The Honours programme is open to students who complete a Bachelors degree (usually a BSc or BA) with a major in Statistics at The University of Auckland (or another New Zealand or Australian university). It is a prestigious qualification which prepares students for entry to the Masters programme and can provide a suitable basis for PhD study.

Admission

A Bachelors degree with a major in Statistics or the equivalent (at least three Statistics courses above Stage II) and STATS 210. A grade point average of at least 5.5 (B+) in 45 points in statistics above Stage II. Must have completed at least 90 points above stage II.  

Requirements

The Honours programme in Statistics requires one year of full-time study. It consists of six 700-level courses (90 points) and a 30-point project (weighting of 2 courses). Students will select the majority of their courses from STATS 701 - STATS 787 but the regulations do permit including some 700-level courses from other departments (subject to approval by the Department of Statistics).

The total enrolment cannot exceed 160 points. In practical terms this means that you cannot fail more than 30 points worth of papers – note that withdrawals and did-not-sits are counted as fails.

A student must achieve at least Second Class Honours Division II (a minimum GPA of 4.00) in order to be awarded an Honours degree. If a student fails to achieve this standard but completes the other requirements of the Honours programme, they will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics.

Enrolment

All BSc (Hons) and BA (Hons) programmes in Statistics must be personally approved by a graduate officer of the Department of Statistics. Students should map out their programme in consultation with a graduate officer well before the official enrolment dates.

Level of Honours

The BSc (Hons) and BA (Hons) degrees are awarded with First Class Honours (corresponding to a GPA of 7.00 or more) or Second Class Honours. Second Class Honours are classified either as Division I (GPA between 6.99 and 5.50) or Division II (GPA between 5.49 and 4.00).

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci), Arts (PGDipArts), Medical Statistics or Operations Research (PGDipOR)


These diplomas are designed for candidates who have a Bachelors degree that includes a substantial amount of Statistics and who want a one-year postgraduate qualification with the option of a further year leading to a Master’s degree. There is the option of doing a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Statistics or a Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Research.

Admission

A Bachelors degree majoring in statistics or the equivalent (at least three courses at Stage 3 or above) is required. STATS 210 is required. If your academic background does not satisfy this requirement, there are bridging options which you can discuss with a graduate officer for Statistics. Students from other universities need equivalent qualification.

Requirements

This programme requires one year of full-time study but it may be undertaken on a part-time basis. A PGDipSci or PGDipArts in statistics consists of eight 15-point courses normally chosen from STATS 701-787, BIOSCI 744 but it is possible to include courses from other departments (subject to approval by the Department of Statistics).

Students doing a PGDipSci in Medical Statistics must take 120 points from graduate courses including 15 points from STATS 770; 15 points from POPLHLTH 708, 709; and at least 60 points from STATS 701-787, BIOSCI 744, POPLHLTH 702, 707,708, 709, 711 and up to 30 points from 600 or 700 level courses in Statistics or related subjects.

The total enrolment cannot exceed 160 points. In practical terms this means that you cannot fail more than 30 points worth of papers – note that withdrawals and did-not-sits are counted as fails.

Enrolment

All PGDipSci programmes in Statistics must be personally approved by a graduate officer of the Department of Statistics. Students should map out their programme in consultation with a graduate officer well before the official enrolment dates.

Level of Honours

The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded with Distinction if a GPA of 7.00 or more is achieved and with Merit if a GPA of between 5.5 and 7.00 is achieved.

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Masters degree


Masters degrees in Statistics at The University of Auckland are 1-year programmes which follow a Postgraduate Diploma or an Honours degree (or the equivalent) and can be done either as a taught Masters or a Research Masters. There is also the option of doing a Masters degree in Medical Statistics or even a Masters degree in Operations Research.

Admission

Students from The University of Auckland must have at a GPA of 4 or above over their qualifying degree for a taught MSc and a GPA of 5.5 or above for a research MSc. They must have passed STATS 210. In addition, for a research MSc, the student must have an approved supervisor and a topic (Contact Postgraduate advisor). Students from other universities need equivalent qualification.

Requirements

Masters in Statistics, Taught:
30 point project and 90 points (6 courses) from STATS 701 - 787, BIOSCI 744

Masters in Statistics, Research:
90 point thesis and 30 points (2 courses) from STATS 701 - 787, BIOSCI 744

Masters in Medical Statistics:
(Admission requires PGDipSci in Medical Statistics and STATS 210)
45 points from STATS 732, 761 and 780
30 points from STATS 701-731, 740-787, BIOSCI 744, POPLHLTH 702, 707-709, 711
45 points from STATS 788 Dissertation in Medical Statistics

Students who have not passed STATS 310 or STATS 732 must take STATS 732.

The total enrolment cannot exceed 160 points. In practical terms this means that you cannot fail more than 30 points worth of papers – note that withdrawals and did-not-sits are counted as fails.

Level of Honours

The MSc and MA degrees may be awarded with First Class Honours (corresponding to a GPA of 7.00 or more), or Second Class Honours, or as a Pass. Second Class Honours are classified either as Division I (GPA between 6.99 and 5.50) or Division II (GPA between 5.49 and 4.00).

Enrolment

All Masters programmes in Statistics or Medical Statistics must be personally approved by a graduate officer of the Department of Statistics. Students should map out their programme in consultation with a graduate officer well before the official enrolment dates.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The PhD degree in statistics is intended to train the student to be able to undertake research in statistics and its more advanced applications. One learns to do research by actually working on a major research project with individual coaching and assistance from one or more supervisors. The work done should result in the preparation of a thesis based on original research that makes a significant contribution to the area of specialisation.

Enrolment

Admission graduates of New Zealand universities admitted to our PhD programme normally have a Masters or Bachelor (Honours) degree awarded with 1st Class Honours or 2nd Class Division 1 Honours. For students from other countries, we look for evidence of similar ability. A Masters degree is required in most cases. We normally require a background in statistics with good supporting mathematics. However, we would also be very happy to consider other applicants with a background suited to any particular part of our research programme, for example, good mathematicians with less statistical knowledge, or good computer scientists with interests in statistical computing issues. Some of our research students do PhDs in cross-disciplinary areas involving another subject (e.g. a medical discipline) and applied statistics. These PhDs typically have two supervisors, one from statistics and one from another department of the University.

Enrolment Requirements

Formally, the PhD degree in statistics at The University of Auckland is a thesis-only research degree with no formal coursework requirements. In practice, you may be required to take some courses to fill important gaps in your background. Students from universities that we do not have close contacts with are often enrolled in a Masters degree initially and then have their enrolment transferred to a PhD when they show that they are performing well.

The PhD degree takes a minimum of 2 years although 3 years is the norm for full-time students. If you are concurrently holding a half-time temporary tutorship, you should expect to take 4 years, although some students in this position have completed in 3 years. To gain admittance to our PhD program, you should enter into correspondence with our PhD Graduate Officer. Successful PhD applicants are matched with a supervisor before they are formally enrolled in the program. Enrolment for a PhD can take place at any time of the year.

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Applying for admission


There are special admission requirements for postgraduate programs. The first step is to contact one of the Postgraduate Academic Advisers or PhD Graduate Officers in the Department of Statistics:

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Postgraduate Academic Advisers


Geoffrey Pritchard
Building 303, room 229A
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87400
Email: g.pritchard@auckland.ac.nz

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Arden Miller
Building 303, room 208
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85053
Email: a.miller@auckland.ac.nz

PhD Graduate Officers


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Rachel Fewster
Building 303, room 220
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83946
Email: r.fewster@auckland.ac.nz

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Thomas Yee
Building 303, room 270
Phone: + 64 9 373 7599 ext 88811
Email: t.yee@auckland.ac.nz