Bachelor of Science (Statistics)

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Making sense of the world

Learn how to make sense of the information that surrounds us with Massey’s Bachelor of Science (Statistics).

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What is it like?

We live in an information-rich age. Vast quantities of data are collected on almost every conceivable subject. We use statistical methods to make sense of this raw data, turning it into knowledge.

Science of evidence

Statistics is the science of evidence. It allows us to quantify risk and make effective decisions even when we are uncertain about the world around us. Is this new treatment effective against breast cancer? What adverts should my website display in order to increase my revenue? How can I better interpret that weak distress signal coming from a vessel far out at sea?

Sought-after skills

The Bachelor of Science (Statistics) from Massey will give you these sorts of skills - skills that are sought-after by employers from many different industries. If you enjoy working with numbers, you will love studying statistics. It is a broad area of study, that involves much more than the organisation and display of data. Careful analysis of underlying questions and critical examination of the sources of data are part of the art of statistics. Modelling the variability in data to calculate the reliability of answers is part of its science.

Learn from the best

Our lecturers are actively researching and bring that research to your learning. One of our senior lecturers is a leading authority on the use of apps on mobile devices for teaching and learning statistics.

You also benefit from Massey’s broader expertise - we link in with areas like our marine ecology in Auckland and veterinary science in Manawatu. This gives you the opportunity to gain a practical understanding of the many different applications for statistics across different industries.


Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 200 university statistics programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

Leading in data mining

In an information age, big data plays a crucial role in helping businesses to maximise the sale and reputation of their products and services. Being able to work with large data sets to discover patterns and draw useful conclusions is a sought-after skill for many employers and an area of expertise at Massey. As one of New Zealand’s first universities to offer courses in data mining, Massey has both the experience and strength to ensure you graduate a step ahead of the rest.

A global impact

Your Bachelor of Science (Statistics) lecturers are experts in their field, leading international statistical research, with practical applications for worldwide issues.

One of our lecturers is developing computational techniques to understand and forecast the spread of diseases, thereby reducing the impact of infectious disease outbreaks on our society. During the UK foot and mouth epidemic in 2001 epidemic data was analysed to improve the efficiency of disease control with the results fed into government policy.

Another of our statistics professors is developing statistical models of poverty and malnutrition in third-world countries. His work is being used by the World Bank to more effectively distribute food where it is needed.

Theory and practical relevance

As a Massey statistics student you will learn the key theories of statistics, and the quantitative skills to conduct robust statistical analyses that are effective in the real world. You have the option of completing a double major or minor in a wide range of subjects, from volcanology and earth sciences, to infectious diseases and population ecology.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report, undertaken over nine years, showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

Complementary skills that set you apart

If you are studying other science subjects or looking at studying business, studying statistics as a complementary subject is a great idea. The extra quantitative skills that you get from the statistics qualification can set you apart from other graduates when applying for jobs.


Some of the topics taught in statistics courses include:

  • Probability models
  • Data analysis
  • Statistical models
  • Statistical inference
  • Biostatistics
  • Experiments and surveys
  • Multivariate models
  • Statistical methods of quality improvement
  • Data mining
  • Simulation
  • Forecasting and time series.


New Zealand’s science institutions want employees who know their industry and therefore invest in the future workforce by providing scholarships to students. Why not have a crack at helping fund your study with a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars on offer every year? For more information visit:

The Ministry for Primary Industries also offer undergraduate scholarships in quantitative marine biology particularly those interested in a double major in mathematics or statistics combined with biology or marine biology.

MPI scholarships

A good fit if you:

  • Want to create quantitative solutions to modern day problems
  • Enjoy teamwork with people from different subject areas
  • Are confident working with computers
Emily Hendy
Emily Hendy
Insights Analyst - Lotto NZ

“I have always been passionate about numbers so choosing to study a BSc that was numbers-related was an easy decision for me.…”

"‘Big data’ is a hot topic currently, with more and more companies investing in data infrastructure and data-savvy people to gain a competitive advantage. I chose Massey in Auckland as it had an excellent reputation and it was an opportunity for me to experience a new city, having grown up in Wellington.

I found the campus environment excellent for learning and the lecturers were all so knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects.

I now work for Lotto NZ as an Insights Analyst in the Strategy and Analytics team. Lotto NZ exists to raise funds for the community through safe gaming. It is a unique business environment in which statistics and numbers play a pivotal role and I have the opportunity to apply my learnings from Massey regularly.

My day to day tasks are always varied and might include statistical probability modelling to support game changes or providing data driven insights to senior leaders to support business decisions.

I feel privileged to be able to apply my learnings from Massey to support projects that lead to generating more funding for our communities, all the while doing something I enjoy – numbers."


Statistics is set to become an increasingly important discipline over the next 20 years. With a major in statistics you can expect to be highly sought after in the workplace and will rarely have trouble finding a job. Recent graduates have found employment in a remarkably wide variety of areas including:

  • Scientific research
  • Health services
  • Environmental management
  • Commerce (particularly finance and marketing)
  • Social sciences
  • Quality improvement
  • Industry
  • Teaching

Employers include government agencies like Statistics New Zealand, Crown Research Institutes, schools, hospitals and medical research institutes - and private companies both large and small. Opportunities for statisticians exist worldwide, with a number of our students taking up overseas positions in places like Hong Kong and the USA shortly after graduation.

Careers for statisticians can be advertised under a wide variety of titles, such as:

  • Biostatisticians
  • Business systems analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Health informatics analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Modeller
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Risk analyst/consultant
  • Statistician
  • Survey sampling analyst
  • Test analyst

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