Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Statistics)

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Take your excellence and turn it into something more

If you are interested in further in-depth research, the Bachelor of Science with Honours (Statistics) gives you the skills to progress to a PhD in this area.

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Bachelor of Science with Honours with a major in statistics is a prestigious qualification for those that have excelled in their undergraduate degree and are interested in progressing to further, in-depth research. This postgraduate qualification will also give you a career advantage.

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 advertisements 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?

Learn from the experts

Your lecturers in the Bachelor of Science with Honours (Statistics) are experts in their field, leading international statistical research.

World-leading

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

Friendly environment - passionate scientists

There is a well-established community of fundamental scientists and students at Massey. We have large active student groups where we work together to share discoveries and research and provide peer support.

A multi-disciplinary environment

When you study statistics at Massey, you’ll benefit from the multi-disciplinary environment, and a world-leading science faculty with expertise in all the fundamental sciences.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning, time management, setting goals and milestones and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about statistics
  • Excelled in your undergraduate degree
  • Are interested in going on to more in-depth research, such as a PhD
Sarah Pirikahu
BSc(Hons) Statistics
Graduating: November 2015
Feature Writer, Owner - Writeability

“No matter what your field, be it science, business, or even the humanities, you will need statistics!…”

Honours was the most full on year of study, but it was also the most rewarding! I learnt a lot more than just statistics. I learnt to write scientifically-concise articles, conduct productive meetings, present confidently and be truly organised. With relatively small class sizes, lectures became interactive discussions where the staff would go out of their way to help with your understanding of the material.

I came to Massey with the intention of studying to become a vet. However, it soon became obvious that I was not one for getting my hands dirty in a lab (or a paddock!). What I did enjoy was the number crunching and data analysis aspects. So I ended up completing a BSc in mathematics and statistics from where I enrolled in the BSc (Hons) programme.

The best part about honours is the opportunity to be involved in a current research project. My research involved the collaboration of both statisticians and epidemiologists. With the use of Bayesian statistics we were able to calculate the uncertainty in the population attributable risk, and determine whether abattoir workers in New Zealand, exposed to the bacteria leptospira, had a significantly higher risk of developing the disease leptospirosis.

I am now a current PhD student at Massey. My research is an extension of my previous work involving parameter estimation and uncertainty, but now with a focus on experimental designs with complex sampling structures. The models we develop will allow us to adjust for imprecision in diagnostic testing and ultimately provide a means to assessing the public health impact of interventions to eliminate or reduce risk factors.

After completing my PhD I hope to continue on in the field of statistical epidemiology overseas.

Careers

Setting you apart

An honours degree is a sign of your excellence and in-depth understanding of the field of computer science. Should you pursue a career after qualifying, the Bachelor of Science with Honours with a major in statistics will give you a head start on other potential employees with undergraduate degrees.

A step into further study

The honours programme also gives you the research and analytical skills you need to progress into further high-level research/study, such as at a PhD level.

A great time to be a statistician

‘Big Data’ has opened up a huge range of career opportunities for those who are talented in working with figures. Statistics skills can be applied in almost any industry.

Some key industries include:

  • Business: economics, engineering, marketing, computer science, data mining, business analytics
  • Physical sciences: astronomy, chemistry, physics
  • Health and medicine: genetics, clinical trials, epidemiology, pharmacology
  • Government: census, law, national defence
  • Environment: agriculture, ecology, forestry, animal populations

The extra quantitative skills that you get from the statistics qualification can set you apart from other graduates when applying for jobs.

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well,especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings.
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s statistics staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised statistics specialists, for example:

Professor Mark Bebbington

A professor in geostatistics. Dr Bebbington’s research interests focus on hazard estimation, particularly from earthquakes and volcanoes. This includes stochastic modelling, especially in geophysics, inference and computational methods for stochastic processes.

He also works in the related areas of reliability and statistical quality control, and has a general interest in methods of stochastic operations research, including simulation and statistical analysis, particularly in a consulting context.

He is a member of the New Zealand Statistical Association, the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand and the American Geophysical Union. Dr Bebbington is an associate editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics and for Statistics in Volcanology. He is also the past chair of the Commission on Statistics in Volcanology (part of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior).

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