Department of Statistics

PhD study in Statistics

Our PhD degree in Statistics is designed to take students to the cutting edge of their discipline. We have a wide range of research-active academic staff, involved in interesting projects.

The PhD in Statistics is our highest qualification, it trains students to undertake research in statistics and its more advanced applications. Most students embark on a PhD after a masters degree but sufficiently strong students can do so after completing an Honours degree.

It takes about three to four years of study to complete a PhD degree, including the production of a substantive thesis. Candidates are expected to have a strong background including statistical theory and computation skills, that is, equivalent to the courses STATS 730 and STATS 782 at The University of Auckland.

Admission to a PhD in this department is competitive. We encourage applications from candidates with high first-class Honours or Masters degrees in Statistics or a closely related discipline, and/or demonstrated research experience. Candidates with high second-class degrees may be considered if they have strong endorsement from a prospective supervisor.

  • Our research

    Information about research in the Department of Statistics.

  • Find a supervisor

    Browse through our list of staff in different research areas to find a suitable supervisor. You can approach our staff directly to discuss a PhD topic.