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 student investigating national happiness

13 January 2015 A University of Canterbury statistics student, Lisa Henley, has won selection to a prestigious international forum run by SAS. (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)

‘UC has some of the best Computer Science and Mathematics departments in the country...’

Aaron Stockdill Studying towards a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science
Co-Founder, Web Designer and Programmer, Potato Softworks
(read profile)


William Godsoe (Lincoln University)
When do interactions among species shape species’ distributions

Thursday, 28 May 2015m 3.00pm, Room 446, Erskine Building

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April / May newsletter (PDF, 2.8 MB)

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UC Maths talks for high schools students

Are you in Year 12 or 13? The University of Canterbury’s School of Mathematics and Statistics are hosting fun, free lectures on maths topics for senior high school students.

Food and drinks provided, no need to register, just drop in!

To infinity and beyond, Wednesday 29th April, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Finding the perfect mate, Wednesday 13th May, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Puzzles and Fermi problems, Wednesday 27th May, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Paradoxes in probability, Wednesday 10th June, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Visit the web site for speakers, venues and more information.

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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