UniversityUniversity of Otago
This course is available
Level of Study
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma
Next start date
Expected Feb 2024
University of Otago
The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is a one-year programme which builds on an undergraduate science degree. The diploma encompasses both papers and a research topic, and can be taken full-time. It provides possible to the Master of Science (MSc) degree by thesis only.
Why study Statistics?
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?
You can use statistics to solve real world problems.
You work with researchers from many disciplines.
Statisticians are key contributors to decision-making in business and government.
You examine problems and work with researchers from many disciplines.
Statistics will help you understand your chosen area of study. If you specialise in chemistry, psychology, health sciences, or economics and finance you will need to collect and interpret data.
Statisticians are in short supply. You will improve your employment opportunities.
Statistics at Otago
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!
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.
Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following condition
English language requirement