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Victoria University of Wellington Master of Applied Statistics – MAppStat
Victoria University of Wellington

Master of Applied Statistics – MAppStat

Wellington, New Zealand

1 Years


Full time, Part time

Request application deadline

08 Jul 2024

NZD 16,162 / per course



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.

Our Master of Applied Statistics (MAppStat) is designed to train you in a range of advanced techniques and to provide you with an appreciation of the variety of work undertaken by professional statisticians and consultants. It is made up of both coursework and practical training, allowing you to develop skills in research and consultancy. You’ll then apply these skills in a work placement in a relevant government department or business.

Develop your research, analytical, and client communication and consultancy expertise. You'll gain a toolbox of skills so you can solve real-life problems. Graduates are prepared for a career with many different types of workplaces.

To enrol in the MAppStat you'll need to have a degree in Statistics, Mathematics or another relevant discipline, with an average grade of B+ or better.

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 in 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.

One year duration

Complete your Master's in one year full-time over three trimesters (March–June, July–October, November–February), or in up to three years part-time. Normally, students start the programme in either March or July.

If you complete only the coursework you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Statistics.


If you are studying full-time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester must do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.


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