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.

UC students make the world their campus

22 December 2016 With summer here, hundreds of UC students are heading around the globe to gain hands-on experiences, learn new skills and make a difference in communities near and far. (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)

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.

‘I’ll be able to help countless others by entering the pharmaceutical industry...’

Michael Weusten Studying towards a PhD in Biochemistry
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December newsletter (PDF, 600 KB)

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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, …).

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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Precision Driven Health Summer Student Scholarships

Precision Driven Health is delighted to offer a number of summer student scholarship for summer 2016/17. These pay a $5500 stipend for a ten-week data-driven research project in precision health. Applications are sought from students and advisors together. Applications will be accepted until 14 November.

Two postdoc positions in statistical bioinformatics, WEHI, Melbourne

WEHI, Melbourne are currently advertising two positions in bioinformatics; Research Officer (Bioinformatics) and Research Officer (Bioinformatics Analyst). Both positions would be suitable for statistics graduates. Applications close 14 November.

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.

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.