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.

A philosopher, a mathematician and a student...

5 January 2015 A philosopher, a mathematician and a student walk into a bar. A drinking game and a complicated mathematics study into cause and effect, may seem worlds apart. (read article)

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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.

Te Pūnaha Matatini

PhD scholarships available

Through the centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini we have four fully funded PhD scholarships available. If you are interested in any of these please contact the relevant supervisor, Alex, Mike or Jeanette.

Extropy discovered

Researcher discovers Extropy

In the current issue of Statistical Science, Frank Lad and colleagues have published the discovery of a function called Extropy, which is shown to be the complementary dual of Entropy. (read more)

‘Statistics is definitely a growing area... There are countless opportunities...’

Andrew Richens MSc in Statistics
Statistical Analyst, Statistics New Zealand
(read profile)


Steven Galbraith (University of Auckland)
Linear Algebra with Errors, Cryptography and Fourier Analysis on Finite Groups

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 3:00pm, Room 446, Erskine Building

Seminar archive


March newsletter (PDF, 940 KB)

Te Pūnaha Matatini launched Te Pūnaha Matatini

Three researchers from the School of Mathematics and Statistics are celebrating the recent launch of the new Centre of Research Excellence, Te Pūnaha Matatini. Dr Alex James, Dr Jeanette McLeod and Dr Mike Plank are principal investigators of the CORE, with Dr James as Deputy Director. Te Pūnaha Matatini brings experts together from around NZ with the aim of developing methods and tools to interpret complex datasets about the environment, economy and society to provide insights for business, government sectors and the community. Watch this space for opportunities to get involved, PhD scholarships, events, etc.

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UC Mathematics and Statistics Scholarship

To recognise and support high-achieving 200-, 300- and 400-level students who are majoring in Mathematics or Statistics at the University of Canterbury. Application deadline is 31 March 2015.

2015 School of Mathematics and Statistics Handbook (PDF, 523 KB)

Also see the 2015 Honours Courses and Projects Handbook (PDF, 720 KB)

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