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)

‘I feel the real use of my degree is the critical thinking ability that I learned...’

Catherine Cumpstone Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Statistics
Statistical Analyst, Statistics New Zealand, Christchurch
(read profile)


Rachael Tappenden (Johns Hopkins University)
Optimization in the Era of 'Big Data'

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2.00pm, Room 445, Erskine Building

Philipp Neubauer (Dragonfly Science)
Patterns and Drivers of Resilience in Over-fished Populations: from Theory to Empirical Findings and back

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 3:00pm, Room 446, Erskine Building

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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.

Mathematics and Statistics Industry Connection Initiative (student travel awards) Mathematics in Industry Study Group - New Zealand

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is pleased to announce up to six awards to support student participation in the inaugural Mathematics in Industry Study Group - New Zealand (MINZ). MINZ events are exciting and dynamic forums where academics and researchers can apply their expert knowledge in the mathematics, statistics, and physical and engineering sciences to help solve real world problems.

The workshop takes place in Auckland, 29 June - 3 July 2015.

Any student in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at 300 level or above is eligible to apply for support of up to $500 to assist with travel and accommodation costs.

Contact the school’s Research Director, Rua Murray for further details.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 8 May

March newsletter (PDF, 940 KB)

Newsletter archive

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

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

Announcement archive