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Study Statistics at Otago

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Overview

Statistics as a field of study is concerned with the collection, analysis and interpretation of numerical data. The main emphasis is on the role of random variation in observations that are made, which is why statistical theory is built on the concepts of probability.

Although the study of statistics in any depth requires some proficiency in algebra and calculus, it is not just another branch of mathematics. The use of statistical methods requires skills in problem formulation, computing and the assessment of evidence that are not always closely related to mathematical ability. Furthermore, a key ingredient for being a successful statistician is the ability to communicate complex ideas to other people in written and verbal reports.

Statistics can be studied at all undergraduate levels at the University of Otago. Many students take a first year Statistics paper as a prerequisite for their main subject of interest, or just because it is generally useful to have some knowledge of basic quantitative methods. Often these students then continue the subject with papers at 200-level and 300-level while majoring in disciplines like Botany, Ecology, Economics, Finance, Geography, Marketing Management, Psychology or Zoology.

Other 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.

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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  Statistical Methods 2  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

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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  Statistical Methods 2  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 Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Statistics

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (PGDipApStat)

The programme requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (PGDipApStat) are available elsewhere in this website.

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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

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  Statistical Methods 2  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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