Mathematics and Statistics - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Welcome to the School of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics underpin almost every aspect of today’s society. Whether it is technology, business, science, social science or education, mathematics and statistics are used. Our School has an international reputation for excellence in research and in teaching, so come and join us.

Have LEGO toys become more violent?

23 May 2016 LEGO toy products have become significantly more violent in recent years, according to newly published research from the University of Canterbury. (read article)

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2017 Postgraduate Handbook

2017 Postgraduate Handbook

This handbook introduces the school's honours and postgraduate diploma programs of study and Masters and PhD programmes. View the Postgraduate Handbook (PDF, 744 KB)

2017 Postgraduate Handbook

School's Summer Projects

Is Hollywood repeating itself? What is the mathematics of making? And how did Gandalf blow that smoke ring? These and other questions are on the School’s list of Summer Projects, designed to give you a taste of research over the summer. Four $500 scholarships are available. See the full list of projects and fill in an application form at the Summer Projects Learn site.

Phillipa Gourdie, UC Teaching Award 2016 recipient

Phillipa Gourdie UC Teaching Award recipient 2016

Phillipa’s work as a Senior Tutor involves supporting students in the transition to university as well as teaching first year mathematics. Her teaching is described by students as enthusiastic, effective, enjoyable, and exciting – even for mathematics! (read article)


MathSoc at UC

MathSoc is a free to join student-run club at the University of Canterbury. We run social and academic events for students who are interested in Mathematics and Statistics and provide support for students taking MATH/STAT courses.

‘It has impressive facilities that have met every need and desire...’

Callum McIntosh Studying towards a BSc in Biological Sciences, Statistics, Ecology and Environmental Science
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Hannes Diener, 2016 College of Engineering Teaching Development Grant winner.

The project is to further develop a system of web-based lecture notes. These notes don’t just look clean and modern they can also, automatically, transform into slides. The main advantage for the lecturer is that this ensures that both notes and slides are updated at the same time. Writing the source is no harder than writing LaTeX files. Being web-based, one can easily include interactive elements. A showcase version can be view online.
There are still many rough edges to be smoothed, and many features that should be implemented during the project (the possibility to take notes, interactive plots, improved printing, live polling/feedback, …).

Optimization and Statistics in Data Science Workshop

The School of Mathematics and Statistics will host the Optimization and Statistics in Data Science at the University of Canterbury on November 22nd 2016. This workshop brings together experts in data science to discuss the important role that optimization and statistics play in field. Research in these areas holds great promise for solving many of the large-scale problems that impact our modern society.

UC collaborates on interRAI data

UC students have helped analyse data on three key topics to help effective planning of future health services.

Second NZ Number Theory Workshop

The School of Mathematics and Statistics will host the Second NZ Number Theory Workshop at the University of Canterbury on October 27th 2016.

New Data Science Qualifications

Data science is a new profession emerging along with the exponential growth in size, and availability of 'big data'. Study towards a Master of Applied Data Science or Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science qualification here at UC.

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Te Pūnaha Matatini's Summer Student Internships

The 10 week internships, based in Wellington and Auckland, are an excellent way for students to expand their data analytics skills in a public sector or industry environment. The paid internships include a generous stipend and relocation support for those based outside of Wellington or Auckland.
The internships are open to students with some background in economics, social, or natural sciences with a strong background in mathematics (including multi-variate calculus and linear algebra), statistics, or computer science. Applications close 14 October 2016.

STM TeachNZ Scholarships 2017

Science, Technology and Maths Secondary Scholarships. Scholarships cover core study fees, and pay an allowance of $10,000 for one year of study.

Lecturer in Statistics

Applications are invited for the continuing position of Lecturer in Statistics. Applications close Thursday, 27 October 2016.

Study Abroad and Exchange Programmes at UC

‌Studying overseas is a life-changing experience that broadens your horizons and opens a global network of opportunities. Develop yourself academically, geographically and culturally by studying in another country and kick start your career with a global perspective. If you are a current UC student you may be able to study overseas while completing your UC degree. If you are studying at one of UC’s partner institutions you may be eligible for the incoming student exchange programme.