Statistics

Forecasting in the information age

Understand and practise statistical thinking. Design and implement statistical methods.

Why study Statistics?

Statistics are used in all facets of our lives. From weather predictions to urban development, from food production to insurance premiums, from health care to competitive sport.

Statisticians collect large quantities of numerical data, which they then analyse for the purpose of understanding, predicting and planning. They act as code breakers, finding trends and stories hidden within masses of information.

If you major in statistics at La Trobe you'll learn how to design experiments, collect data, summarise information, draw conclusions, estimate the present and predict the future.

Take advantage of the global and local shortage of statisticians and get a qualification that can be applied to a wide variety of careers.

Where can Statistics take me?

A worldwide shortage of qualified statisticians means that statistics graduates are highly sought after in the roles of medical statistician, financial analyst, applied mathematician, meteorologist and sports statistician.

Statistics is used across a wide variety of careers, contributing to understanding through data analysis and forecasting, business modelling, data evaluation and risk assessment.

Statisticians work widely in areas such as scientific research, business management, insurance, management, manufacturing, economic analysis, marketing, health management and psychology.

Why La Trobe?

  • Enjoy first-class supervision in a well-resourced environment.
  • Our statistics program was the first to obtain accreditation from the Statistical Society of Australia Inc (SSAI).
  • Upon graduation, our students are eligible for Graduate Statistician status upon joining the SSAI.
  • Honours students may choose units offered by the Key Centre for Statistical Science (KCSS) – a collective organisation that includes La Trobe University and Monash University.
  • La Trobe is rated 'well above world standard', the highest possible rating, for our statistical research according to the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings, 2015.

Further study options

Majoring in statistics allows you to pursue advanced undergraduate studies in statistics.

An Honours degree gives you the chance to set your undergraduate qualification apart from other graduates and tailor your own learning to a specialisation of your choice.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on Mathematics and Statistics.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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