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Study Statistics at Otago

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Overview

Statistics is a discipline concerned with understanding patterns and relationships in data in the presence of variation and uncertainty. How do we discover the “truth” or signal hidden in the noise?

In the statistics programme you learn:

  • how to design research studies and collect reliable data;
  • how to build thoughtful statistical models which allow us to understand the key features in a complex system;
  • how to use the statistical models to answer research questions;
  • how to produce informative and engaging graphical representations of data;
  • the mathematical underpinnings of statistics;
  • the computation skills necessary to do all these things; and
  • skills in communicating statistical concepts and analyses to a range of audiences.

Statisticians collaborate with people in a broad range of fields across the sciences, commerce and art. In the Otago group statisticians collaborate with people who study ecology, zoology, genetics, medical sciences, epidemics, health, clinical medicine, geology, chemistry, food science, sports science and physics. The research questions that our collaborators ask motivate new developments in statistical methods. Our statistics teaching is informed by expertise in both statistical methods and the application of those methods to real world situations.

The Department offers several pathways for studying statistics. Many students take a single paper in statistics, others include statistics in their degree as either a major or minor subject. We encourage all students majoring in statistics to also take papers in another field of interest to them, be it arts, science or commerce. Having knowledge of an area of application is extremely useful, and data are virtually everywhere!

Statistics as a major subject

Students study statistics as their major subject because they:

  • are looking for a practical and useful application of their mathematical abilities, with good employment prospects
  • would like to work with researchers, in a wide range or disciplines, in solving important problems
  • want a job which involves them in contributing to policy or management decisions for government or private industry
  • have a concern for social or environmental issues and want to use their skills in biological, environmental or medical research.

Statistics as a minor subject

Statistics is a valuable discipline to include in a degree as a minor subject. There are two pathways: Statistics and Mathematical Statistics.

  • A Statistics minor will benefit any student interested in learning more about the application of statistics to data. It focuses on practical aspects of statistics, including the collection and handling of data, and the fitting and interpretation of statistical models. Students who complete a Statistic minor are often majoring in areas where data are regularly collected and analysed, e.g. Ecology and Psychology.
  • A Mathematical Statistics minor will benefit any student who is interested in learning about the theoretical basis of statistics, as well as the application of statistical models and methods that require core mathematical proficiency. A Mathematical Statistics minor provides students the foundation to develop, understand and assess the use of statistical models. Students who complete a Mathematical Statistics minor are often majoring in disciplines with a theoretical or quantitative focus, such as Computer Science, Economics and Mathematics.

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Contact details

Email maths@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/maths

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Statistics (STAT) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Statistics

Level Papers Points
100-level

STAT 110  Statistical Methods  or  STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

18

18

18

200-level

STAT 210  Applied Statistics  or  STAT 241  Regression and Modelling 1

STAT 260  Visualisation and Modelling in R (not required if STAT 380 passed previously)

STAT 261  Probability and Inference 1  or  STAT 270 Probability and Inference

MATH 202  Linear Algebra  or  MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

18

18

18

18

300-level

STAT 370  Statistical Inference

Three of:
STAT 311  Design of Research Studies
STAT 341  Regression and Modelling 2
STAT 342  Multivariate Methods
STAT 352  Applied Time Series
STAT 372  Stochastic Modelling
STAT 399  Special Topic

18

54

 

Plus

162 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

162

Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Statistics

Papers

Prerequisites:
STAT 362  Probability and Inference 2
STAT 380  Statistical Computing
Two further 300-level STAT papers
MATH 202  Linear Algebra
MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Statistics

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Statistics is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

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Master of Arts (MA) in Statistics

Thesis
  • Thesis 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Statistics or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Statistics must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Statistics prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Statistics

Thesis
  • Thesis 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Statistics or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Statistics must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Statistics prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Statistics

Level Papers Points
100-level

STAT 110  Statistical Methods  or  STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

18

18

18

200-level

STAT 210  Applied Statistics

STAT 260  Visualisation and Modelling in R (not required if STAT 380 passed previously)

STAT 270  Probability and Inference

MATH 202  Linear Algebra  or  MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

18

18

18

18

300-level

STAT 310  Statistical Modelling

Three further 300-level STAT papers, including at least one of STAT 370, STAT 371

18

54

 

Plus

162 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

Other papers approved by the Head of Department may be substituted for up to two papers at either 200- or 300-level

162

Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Statistics

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Statistics

Papers

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Master of Science (MSc) in Statistics

Papers and Thesis
  • STAT 490 Dissertation

  • Four 400-level STAT papers

  • Thesis: STAT 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Mathematical Statistics as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level STAT 110  Statistical Methods  or  STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

Note: If BSNS 112 is required for a student’s major they may substitute BSNS 112 for (STAT110 or STAT115). Students who have taken BSNS 102 or 112 prior to declaring Mathematical Statistics as a minor may substitute BSNS 102 or 112 for STAT 110 or 115.

18
Above 100-level

STAT 270  Probability and Inference

Three of:

Note: MATH 160 is required as a pre-requisite for STAT 270, and MATH 170 is required as a prerequisite for STAT 370.

18

54

Total   90

Note: Students taking a Statistics major will not be permitted to take a Mathematical Statistics minor.

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Statistics as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level STAT 110  Statistical Methods  or  STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics
(or BSNS 102 or 112 if passed before enrolling for Statistics as a minor subject)
18
Above
100-level

STAT 210  Applied Statistics  or  STAT 241 Regression and Modelling 1

One other 200-level STAT paper

18

18

Above
100-level
Any two 300-level STAT papers 36
Total   90

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