What’s it like to do a PhD in Medical Statistics?
Statistics has a major role to play across medicine and public health. Research projects in Medical Statistics have both components of Statistics and Medicine. As a Medical Statistics PhD student, you can think of your project as a combination of research in statistical methodologies and their application to challenges in medicine and public health.
Some popular statistical methods in Medical Statistics include
- Bayesian statistics
- Casual inference
- Computational analysis
Some popular medical applications in Medical Statistics include
- Brain imaging
- Clinical trials
You could also be working on the design and analysis of clinical trials or epidemiological studies. Whatever your research topic, you can expect to be dealing with large health data sets on a regular basis.
The aim is for you to be able to produce a thesis with unique and significant contributions to the field by the end of your PhD. Your thesis should be 75,000-80,000 words long to be defended in an oral examination.
In the UK, a full time PhD in Medical Statistics lasts 3-4 years. Most PhD programmes are completely research led, however, given the interdisciplinary nature of Medical Statistics there might be an induction period at the beginning of your programme during which you’ll be asked to attend basic training and go through some teaching modules.