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Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Statistics)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Pathway to master’s

A postgraduate diploma is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a master’s.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Statistics) gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at masters level. The programme consists of 90-plus credits of taught programmes and up to 30 credits of research.

The programme gives you the opportunity to show your analytical thinking and high-level research capability. If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Science (Statistics). If so, credits you have gained through this qualification may be credited to the master’s programme.

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 Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Statistics) are experts in their field, leading international statistical research.

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. A postgraduate diploma will push you towards deeper understanding and a more creative approach.

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 and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in statistics, or are near completion (one or two courses to go)
  • Are interested in postgraduate statistics study, but do not have a research background, or
  • Would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate programme
Dominic O'Halloran
Postgraduate Diploma Science (Statistics)
Analyst, Quantium

“I really value the study that I did at Massey…”

I am an analyst at Quantium, a data analytics firm, where I work in a team focused on providing analytical support to one of Australia's biggest banks.  Day to day I work on projects which help the bank allocate their marketing budgets more efficiently.

This may involve building a model to predict which customers are thinking of leaving the bank, the bank can then contact these customers to try and retain their business. I have also built a model to predict which customers are likely to take up certain products, this information can help inform marketing strategies. Other things that I do include analysing customer behaviour such as when and where they are spending their money which provides the bank with valuable insight into their customers. 

I really value the study that I did at Massey and I am really lucky because I apply things that I learnt everyday in my job. Studying at Massey gave me a strong background and exposure to coding and using statistical software which has definitely came in handy, along with a strong background in regression and predictive modelling techniques which make up a large component of my work these days.


It’s 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 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

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