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Master of Applied Statistics (MAppStat)

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Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
1 year
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Start date: 28-February-2022
Victoria University of Wellington
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Advance your Bachelor's degree with postgraduate study and professional training in statistical techniques.

Statisticians are in demand. The huge variety and quantity of data generated today means more people are needed who can analyse it and make sense of it.

Victoria's Master of Applied Statistics (MAppStat) is designed to train you in a range of advanced statistical methods and give practical experience in the variety of work professional statisticians are involved in.

Develop your research, analytical, and client communication and consultancy expertise. You'll gain a toolbox of skills so you can solve real-life problems. Graduate prepared for a career with many different types of workplace including government agencies, science institutions and businesses.

Practical experience

Your programme will be made up of both coursework at the University and practical training in the field. The MAppStat has a professional focus and you'll complete a consultancy project and work experience practicum. This will give you a unique experience among applied statistics programmes internationally.

Work alongside other students in a consulting role with real clients such as clinicians or academics. You'll learn how to talk to clients about technical issues in a language they'll understand, and you'll make an oral presentation and write a report.

During your practicum you'll gain valuable professional work experience with a host organisation such as the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Statistics New Zealand and NIWA, or data science companies like Dot Loves Data or Harmonic Analytics. You'll be matched to an environment that suits your goals.

Advance your expertise with PhD study

The MAppStat prepares you for both a professional career and for PhD study. Because you'll complete study in research projects during your Master's year, you'll be prepared to go on to do a PhD thesis.

A PhD is the highest academic qualification offered by the School of Mathematics and Statistics. You’ll carry out original and sustained research under supervision from world-class academics.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 180 points

Include three core courses: Research Preparation (STAT 480); Statistical Consulting (STAT 501); Statistical Practicum (STAT 581)

Project (STAT 487)

Further approved 400-or 500-level courses worth 120 points including:

  • Research Project 1 (STAT 487) or Research Project (STAT 489)
  • The Head of School may approve substitution of Research Project 1 (STAT 487) and Statistical Practicum (STAT 581) with Applied Statistics Project (STAT 588).
  • Entry criteria

    To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

    A Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject area

    To be accepted by the head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

    Proof of English proficiency

    To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

    IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

    TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

    Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

    EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5


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