Department of Statistics

Planning a PGDipSci

You can enter the Postgraduate Diploma after completing a Bachelors degree with a major in Statistics. Bridging options are available for students who do not meet this requirement.

Who should study a PGDipSci?

A Postgraduate Diploma is a very flexible option and is suitable for students who fall into any of the following groups:

  • Students who are looking to enhance their employment opportunities by upgrading their data analysis skills.
  • Students who have a postgraduate degree in another discipline and who wish to improve their statistical knowledge.
  • Students who would like to progress to a MSc or MA but who do not meet the entry requirements for an Honours degree.

Structure and prerequisites

The Postgraduate Diploma requires one year of full-time study and consists of eight postgraduate-level courses.

Prerequisite: A major in Statistics, and STATS 210 or STATS 225 or equivalent as approved by the Head of Department


Find more information about the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in the University Calendar


Help and advice

If you require assistance and information in planning and guidance in making the best choices for your programme of study contact our Postgraduate Diploma adviser.


Meet our graduates


Brian Byun, Data Analyst at Metrix, a division of Mighty River Power

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology, Postgraduate Diploma, specialisation in Statistics, Master of Science in Statistics.

Being a statistician is amazing. I like to create something that people appreciate, and statisticians do that every day! After I finished my masters in 2011, I was lucky enough to get a Summer Student Scholarship to work for the Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences on the New Zealand Socio-Economic Index (NZSEI), which is derived from Census data. This experience gave me a short but really decent experience as a data analyst.

I then applied for jobs and started at Metrix, a power metering company, in 2012. I use programmes like SAS, R and Excel VBA in my work; I get a lot of satisfaction out of finding and fixing errors in warehouse data and producing meaningful information from raw data.

Statistical skills would be one of the most important things to have when you’re looking for a job, and the Department of Statistics was a great place to get them. The papers were helpful and applicable to real work. I am really thankful to all the staff and lecturers, especially my supervisors, for the great opportunity to study with them. I have really enjoyed my time in The University of Auckland.

Among the statistics papers I took were STATS108, STATS208, STATS210, STATS301, STATS330, STATS341, STATS727, STATS732, STAS740, STATS750, STAST761, STATS770, STATS779, STAS780, STATS782.