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DPhil in Statistics Programme

DPhil in Statistics Programme

Department of Statistics, University of Oxford

The Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford is delighted to offer PhD (DPhil) opportunities commencing in 2024.

In the DPhil in Statistics, you will investigate a particular project in depth and write a thesis which makes a significant contribution to the field. You will acquire a wide range of research and transferable skills, as well as in-depth knowledge, understanding and expertise in your chosen field of research. You will join a vibrant community of researchers and benefit from the strong collaborative culture at Oxford. The DPhil normally takes three to four years of full-time study to complete.

Projects offered range across the Department’s key areas of research:

  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Computational Statistics and Machine Learning
  • Econometrics and Population Statistics
  • Protein Informatics
  • Probability
  • Statistical Genetics and Epidemiology
  • Statistical Theory and Methodology

About the Department

The Department of Statistics is a supportive, exciting and world-leading place to study. The University of Oxford has been named top of the World University Rankings for an 8th year running, excelling in areas of teaching, research, industry, influence and more. 93% of students would recommend Oxford to others interested in doing a postgraduate degree in Statistics1.

The Department holds a Silver Athena Swan Award, recognising its commitment and successes in advancing gender equality. It also has a Race Equality Action Plan which helps to identify and address some of the barriers facing Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and students.

For more information about the Department of Statistics, please visit our DPhil in Statistics and About Us pages.

DPhil in Statistics Programme


If you are offered a place, you will be automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships, including a number of full graduate scholarships offered by the department, if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by 5 January 2024. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and potential to excel as a DPhil student.

The Department also makes unfunded offers for the course, and we encourage applicants to explore options for funding.

For further details about searching for funding as a graduate student, visit the University's dedicated funding pages.

Application Process

The deadline for applications for 2024-2025 entry is midday 5 January 2024. We will continue to accept applications submitted after 5 January 2024, but applications received after this date will not be considered for scholarship funding.

You can find the admissions portal and further information about eligibility and the DPhil in Statistics at the University's graduate admissions page.

More information about potential supervisors and their research is avaliable on our DPhil in Statistics webpage.

1 2023 Department of Statistics Postgraduate Student Survey